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Christmas is my favorite holiday!! I look forward to Christmas every year. What a fun time to get together with family, friends, and neighbors.
I totally enjoy the Christmas music, which I start to play right after Thanksgiving. (because after all Thanksgiving is an important holiday also). I love the excitement in the air and the snow that crunches under my feet.
Family traditions are also very important to me. Every year we celebrate the birth of our Savior with a Live Nativity. We look forward to this special night. We invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us a few days before Christmas. Watching the children take part in the nativity is so enjoyable. They come dressed up as shepherds, angels, and wise men. We chose a child to play Mary. She gets to ride on our donkey Gus. We choose another child to play Joseph. He gets to lead Mary in on Gus the donkey.
The narrator tells the story from the bible of the birth of Jesus. The night is still while everyone listens reverently as they watch the children perform their parts.
At the conclusion, everyone sings Silent Night. It rings beautifully in the cold night air.
After the performance of the Nativity, the cold night air is filled with joy as we warm ourselves around campfires. We enjoy hot chocolate and homemade soup as we visit.
This is a special tradition our family and many others enjoy every year.
Why I was inspired to write this book
Why was I inspired to write “The Christmas Gift, a story told by Grandma Cookie?”
One year after one of our “Live Nativities” I realized that a person very dear to me did not understand why we celebrate Christmas. I woke up the next morning and realized I needed to write a story so they would understand.
I found a piece of scratch paper in my nightstand and began to write. I didn’t want to lose my train of thought. Upon completion, I told my husband why I had written the story. After I read it to him he said this isn’t just for the person close to you, it is for everyone.
As soon as Christmas was over I went to work on this special book. It took me a lot of constant work and after 9 months “The Christmas Gift” was completed.
This book was published to give me a chance to share with you and your family. This book is a way I can express my feelings of a special holiday I hold dear to my heart.
The pictures in my book are of our farm animals that have performed in the Nativity for years. Grandma Cookie, the grandma goat on the cover tells the story of this special event, seen through the eyes of the animals.
As we quickly approach this holiday season, I hope you will slow down and take a little time to cherish the things that are important. Maybe spend a little more time enjoying the little things around you. You could even start a new family tradition, focus on spending quality time with your family, possibly even enjoy a Christmas story.
A signed copy of “The Christmas Gift a story told by Grandma Cookie” can be purchased at https://Brendaskidsbooks.com
I would like to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!