Normally I’m dead-set against putting up Christmas decorations early, playing Christmas music in stores in November, or anything that rushes the season and makes people stress about buying Christmas gifts while the leaves are still turning colour.
However, apparently I’m a hypocrite, because when I have a Christmas product to push, I’m more than happy to bring up the subject.
I just got the comp copies of my new book from Review and Herald: Yosef’s Story. It’s the first in a planned annual series of gift books called That First Christmas, each of which will tell the story of some character from the Nativity tale.
Yosef’s Story is my attempt to imagine how Yosef the carpenter, husband of Miryam, might have felt about his wife-to-be’s strange insistence that she was about to have a miraculous virgin birth. It’s aimed at adult readers, although it could probably be enjoyed by older kids too, and the interior design is quite beautiful, just as a gift book should be.
I highly recommend you buy one, or possibly one for everyone on your Christmas list — at least, everyone who likes to read and enjoys the traditional Biblical Christmas story. But I also have three to give away to my faithful blog-readers, just to whet your appetite.
If you want one, please post here in the comments and tell me something Christmassy — your favourite Christmas tradition, the most unusual ornament on your tree, a great holiday memory from the past — anything to put us in the mood for the season FAR TOO EARLY. If I get more than three replies I’ll have a random draw and get the three winners’ books in the mail in time for you to look it over, decide you love it, and buy a few more copies for gifts, OK??