by Mare @ ADVENTURES IN THE BALLPARK
Look what arrived at the Ballpark recently! It's Christmas in August!
Interestingly, today is my birthday, and it's a fun gift to myself to share this with you.
An e-book I've been working on for four years was completed last month. It's now available here: THE 12 DAYS.
I had a crash course on e-publishing over the spring months, and by the grace of
God and unending support from our technology wiz daughter, the story
I've been encouraged to share for a long time now has a venue. For
someone who still has trouble working her cell phone, this is a colossal
feat. Thank you, thank you to all who heard me talk about this endeavor
A bit about this baby: Over twenty years ago, our family was anonymously
given 12 days of surprises over the holiday season. The daily gifts
were small and simple, but precious. The following year, we gave the 12 Days
project to someone else. We have been doing this every year since.
The book explains how the project is executed and offers over 100 gift
ideas (home crafted, baked and purchased), based on the lyrics to "The
Twelve Days of Christmas" carol (doves, rings, dancing ladies, pipers, drummers - it's crazy fun!) It shares how receiving this gift
so long ago changed my heart about holiday giving, and it has testimonies from recipients of this gift - how it blessed them.
If you are tired of and frazzled by the holiday chaos that accompanies
Christmas (I was) and are looking for a way to create a different
atmosphere in your home during the month of December, this book is for
you. If you want to teach your children in a very hands-on way that
Christmas is about giving, not consuming, this book is for you. If you
want a fun, sneaky, holiday adventure, this book is for you. If you want
to learn how to make Octopus bread, here's the book for that.
I'm so grateful for readers and followers and anyone who has been kind enough to ever finish a post of mine. You are the peeps I most want to share this with.
This ebook is under 10 bucks - less than two cups of fancy coffee at Starbucks - and in the spirit of birthday giving (and early Christmas giving), I'm giving away a copy of The 12 Days to a random commenter (I'll draw the name out of a Christmas stocking.)
Just answer this question: what is your favorite holiday tradition? (the food, gift exchanges, Christmas services, caroling, fighting with shoppers over bargains, etc.) Also leave an email address where I can contact you. I'll choose a winner Monday (the 31st) evening at 6 p.m. EST.
It's beginning to look a bit more like Christmas....