I’m Giving You a Library for Christmas!

Updated with new prizes from David C. Cook and Zondervan!

One of the things I’m most grateful for about this blog is the opportunity to share great books with you—and this Christmas, I have the privilege of giving some of you a ridiculous pile of great books! In partnership with the fine folks at Crossway, Bethany House, Baker Books, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson and Super Big Robot, I’m giving away the following:

  1. Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson (reviewed here)
  2. Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian
  3. What is the Mission of the Church by DeYoung & Gilbert
  4. Earthen Vessels by Matthew Anderson (reviewed here)
  5. God Wins by Mark Galli
  6. Real Marriage by Mark & Grace Driscoll
  7. The God Who is There by D.A. Carson
  8. Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith
  9. Chaos & Grace by Mark Galli
  10. The Rizers: Rise Up! (CD)
  11. BASIC: Fear God featuring Francis Chan (DVD)—New addition!
  12. Forgotten God by Francis Chan—New addition!
  13. Letters to a Young Pastor by Calvin Miller—New addition!
  14. For Calvinism by Michael Horton—New addition!
  15. Historical Theology by Gregg Allison—New addition!

Best of all, three of you will be receiving this fantastic collection of books and music! You read that right—there are three sets to win. To enter, all you need to do is use the PunchTab widget below (which accepts email addresses now, by the way!) and answer the following question in the comments:

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

This contest ends on Friday, December 16th at midnight. Thanks to all who enter!

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  • Jeff Butt

    Hi Aaron, thanks for the excellent blog, I enjoy it daily!

    I would have to say that my favorite Christmas memory came last Christmas. My entire family stayed over at our house and there was hardly enough room for everybody! We had matresses in the kitchen, living room, and rec-room, and all the bedrooms were filled. We had never had so much family together at one time. When we got up in the morning the kids were all excited for their presents but we took the time to give thanks to God and spend time with Him first. We all shared what we were thankful for that Jesus did for us first, it really helped us to keep our focus in the right place!

  • Lenae

    My favorite Christmas memory is sort of lumped into one as I think on my childhood. On Christmas Eve there was such joy in the specialness of routine. That morning we’d open our presents and we knew what it was – a Christmas dress for that night’s Christmas program at church. Opening it in the morning gave Mom time to hem or make adjustments if needed. That evening would be the program – such joy in singing familiar hymns, memorizing lines, and one year I was Mary, a special honor indeed! After the program the deacons would give each child a lunch bag full of peanuts (my dad’s favorite), an apple, an orange, and all sorts of candy. We’d then rush home to open presents – only one under the tree per child, maybe two if there was a special purpose or meaning for it. All of it was Christ-centered. All of it was under the tender care of Christian parents and a Bible-believing church. All of it was grace.

  • Les

    My first Christmas with my wife.

  • Ben Thorp

    Favourites Christmas memory – that’s a tough one. I’m a complete kid when it comes to Christmas. I love everything about it. Probably coming out of a midnight service on Christmas morning to discover it’s just started snowing was pretty magical. 

  • http://asmallwork.posterous.com Ryan Higginbottom

    Last year was the first year my older daughter (now 4) really got Christmas. She was excited to do our Advent readings each night, and that was a really special memory for me.

  • Dan Brubacher

    My favourite Christmas memory was the year when my brother and I received a set of used goalie pads for our road hockey games.  We thought we were the luckiest kids in the world!  We used those pads until they fell apart many years later.

  • Mason

    What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
    Getting up far too early and waiting at the top of the stairs with my brothers at sisters until my parents would finally get up and let us into the family room to see the tree surrounded with gifts. The presents were great, but the shared anticipation was far better.

  • Elizabeth

    Waking up early and having to lay in bed in the dark until the time my parents had set for us to get up…and then running in their room and jumping in the bed and getting them up…

  • Kim R.

    My favorite Christmas memory is receiving my Baby So Big doll…which I knew I could never have. It was found only in the best downtown department store in our small town. She sat on the highest shelf…way out of reach from little girl fingers. I would stare and stare at her when Mom would take us in…but never even asked for her. And yet…there she was Christmas morning. More than I asked for…more than I could ever afford. Blessed me so much. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaredtotten Jared Totten

    I would say my strongest Christmas memory (that has become my favorite) was the year I got everything that I asked for . . . and then broke down in tears alone in my bedroom because the stuff didn’t make me as happy as I thought it would. That was the beginning of the end for my childhood idol of Christmas presents, and the beginning of my attempt every year to celebrate Jesus instead.

  • Scott Ferguson

    My favorite Christmas memory is our “Lucky Ducks” Christmas.

    Our daughter was 3 that year. Every time she saw the commercial on TV for the game/toy “Lucky Ducks,” she squealed with delight and would say “Lucky Ducks! Lucky Ducks!” over and over. There was just something about it that enamored her.

    After weeks of shopping, we could not find it in any store in our city. We even had family friends searching in other stores in another state. Every shelf was bare. Finally, as any loving (and desperate) parent would do, I posted our plea on an internet bulletin board (this was back in the mid 90’s). A professor at Stanford University (CA) was so touched, she went out and bought it for us and shipped it to us. We live in NY. It arrived on our doorstep Christmas Eve!

    We were so delighted and touched by this woman’s response, my wife and I thought it was only right to share this magical moment of unwrapping with this Christmas-spirited woman. So we video taped our daughter opening that longed-for gift, then sent that video (along with a jar of homemade jam) to our Christmas “elf” in CA, so she could share in the joy of seeing our daughter opening her gift.

    That’s my favorite Christmas memory.

  • http://twitter.com/willieharris Willie Harris, Jr.

    My favorite Christmas memory is just waking up early as a child to start opening presents and then going to church for a quick service and coming back home to have breakfast and playing with my presents for the rest of the day!

  • Sweatervestguy

    Favorite Christmas memory . . . watching my dad year after year follow us kids around with a garbage bag attempting to stay on top of the mounting piles of town wrapping paper.  Spiritual?  No.  Priceless and treasured.  Absolutely.

  • Huey Lee

    My first Christmas as a husband. It was special in a lot of ways. It helped me reflect on Christ’s love for the church. Then a year later, I celebrated my first Christmas as a father. I’ll never forget the gratitude I had for our Heavenly Father who gave His Son as a gift to the world.

    Thanks,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1074579265 Dariu Dumitru

    Having a 50 person, friends-n-family Christmas week: dinners, gift exchanges, worship, and exhaustion!

  • Parker Eldredge

    Receiving my first bike

  • http://twitter.com/domwth Becky Pliego

    Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!
    My favorite Christmas memory? The first time we purposely celebrated a Christ-centered Christmas at our home. Glorious!

  • Greenbryanp

    My favorite Christmas memory if from this year when my Dad got a liver transplant!

  • Anonymous

    Family talent night on Christmas Eve. Nothing better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684591998 Roben Bradford Closs

    I think it will be this Christmas because we will be spending it with our new granddaughter and lots of other family.

  • Jessalyn @DesiringVirtue.com

    Probably the first Christmas I spent as a Christian and truly understood what we were celebrating. 

  • Lorraine Strobel

    My favorite Christmas memory was when we were able to help my sister and family at Christmas. They would not have had a Christmas. I invited them over and we bought presents (many gifts) for her children and one for her as well as for our children.  God had provided us with much that year so we could share His love with her and her family.It was so nice having a wonderful Christmas where God was being honored.

  • Davidandlauried

    My favorite Christmas memory (keep in mind I grew up as a Roman Catholic in my minor years) was putting the babe in the manger on CHristmas morning. We did not place Him in the manger until then and it was HUGE for my sister and I! Then we would get all dressed up and walk to Mass. When we came home my mom would cook a big breakfast and we would eat on a beautifully set table…..THEN open our presents! :)

    ~Laurie Duffy

  • Davidandlauried

    My favorite Christmas memory (keep in mind I grew up as a Roman Catholic in my minor years) was putting the babe in the manger on CHristmas morning. We did not place Him in the manger until then and it was HUGE for my sister and I! Then we would get all dressed up and walk to Mass. When we came home my mom would cook a big breakfast and we would eat on a beautifully set table…..THEN open our presents! :)

    ~Laurie Duffy

  • Dmwagner Jr

    Having Christmas morning service at church!

  • Dmwagner Jr

    Having Christmas morning service at church!

  • Dmwagner Jr

    Having Christmas morning service at church!

  • http://inearshotofcalvary.wordpress.com Kendall Harris

    Playing games with all my family on Christmas day would have to be my favorite Christmas memory. Thanks for the blog Aaron.

    Merry Christmas!

  • http://inearshotofcalvary.wordpress.com Kendall Harris

    Playing games with all my family on Christmas day would have to be my favorite Christmas memory. Thanks for the blog Aaron.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Jim

    I’m sure I had a lot of great Christmases.  I remember going to church with my family on Christmas growing up.  That’s got to be right up there.  I remember singing carols and worshipping God with new friends in a home in Mexico.  Both of those pop to mind.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Fortner/181101618 Andy Fortner

    My favorite Christmas memory would be the year my wife and I wrapped up several pieces of paper with writing on them for my parents that once they put them together they found out that we were having a baby.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Nagy/718995163 Peggy Nagy

    I loved and still love looking at the lights on the tree and losing myself in reverie staring at the Creche under the tree

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Nagy/718995163 Peggy Nagy

    I loved and still love looking at the lights on the tree and losing myself in reverie staring at the Creche under the tree

  • http://www.aaronsellars.com Aaron Sellars

    Wow, you really are having a giveaway!  Thought it was going to be just a book here and a book there.  

    My favorite Christmas memories are getting stuff to play with and then getting outside to play with my friends and see what they got! In Southern California it was easy to do this.

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      I never kid about giveaways :)

  • Frank Gantz

    Playing games with family near the Christmas tree.

  • http://www.craighurst.wordpress.com Craig Hurst

    As a kid presents can tend to be the dominate event of Christmas despite how much parents focus on the celebration of Christ’s birth. I am the oldest of four kids. We had very little growing up and I remember when an elderly couple from church surprised us at our house a week before Christmas  with a washer sized box full of toys. We were so excited! Not a spiritual memory but a good one indeed.

  • Norma

    WOW! I am so excited about this give away!! Well, my best Christmas memory, the first time I had a white Christmas. I was born in Mexico and moved to Canada with my husband. We had never seen the snow  before… so it was like  a dream come true!. Just like the movies!, here we were, in a place surrounded with snow, a fireplace infront of us… it was MAGIC!! and then… to make the experience even better… we went an CUT our Christmas tree!!! wow!! I really felt like someone jad a hidden camera and was making a movie and I was in it!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Bayne/508742596 Kevin Bayne

    Preaching my first Christmas Sermon

  • http://www.biblereadingproject.com Jonathan Ammon

    There are so many. Probably waiting expectantly with my family for everyone to be “ready” to open presents.

  • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara Lunardo

    One of my favorite memories is standing beside my grandpa in his kitchen, shaking hot fried dough in a brown paper bag filled with sugar. He made it my special job every Christmas morning. Now my parents make the dough and my kids shake it in the sugar. My grandpa is gone, but not really.

  • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

    Hey gang, be on the look out for some new additions to the prize pack from the fine folks at David C. Cook!

  • AWHall

    What a great giveaway!  Favorite memory at Christmas is getting a commando head set walkie-talkie.  Went outside when it was -20C and ran around like a commando using my new gear!

  • Corey

    My favorite memory is sitting around the fire at my Papa’s house on Christmas Eve reading the Christmas story together.

  • AndrewF

    When my mate, dressed as Santa fell off the back of the trailer driving him

  • http://www.boldlion.blogspot.com ‘Guerite ~ BoldLion

    I think that my favorite Christmas memory would be when I was flying home from the private boarding school out of state (1973-1980) when I was 8 until 15 years old. Also as we the whole family gathered together on Christmas Eve at my parent’s house. My beloved Daddy’s birthday happened to be on Christmas Eve too. I do miss having that again since both of my parent is home with Christ. Now, I am preparing my little place for Christmas Eve family gather for the first time at my little place.

    By the way, the punchtab isn’t working on this for some reasons.
    Hungry to eat His Word,’Guerite ~ BoldLion 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.budzilowski Jay Budzilowski

    My first Christmas with my new baby girl is my favorite

  • http://www.aaronsellars.com Aaron Sellars

    Got any more publishers to reach out to and make the pot even sweeter?

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Favorite Christmas memory?

    Well, that would have to be the year we had an awesome babysitter. She allowed us to open our Christmas presents and re-wrapped them.

    You can imagine how that turned out on Christmas day. I was handed a present and I pushed it back. “No, I don’t want a pair of pants” I told my parents.

    Whoops! The secret was ruined and a funny Christmas story was birthed.

  • seth h

    Being too excited to sleep.  Still happens to some extent… don’t know why.

  • http://chriscoppenbarger.drupalgardens.com Chris Coppenbarger

    I have lots of favorite Christmas memories, but one is going to the beach on Christmas day when we lived in Tampa. Another is receiving the wooden castle my dad built on year. This year, I’m excited to be giving my kids some bigger gifts and just seeing the looks on their faces.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite Christmas memory is going up with my wife for a week into the mountains a few years ago, and spending time just with her with no work for Christmas.

  • Becca-ellen

    That is a hard question to answer. Every year seems better that the year before. Christmas is a very special time for my family. One of our favorite traditions is to put all of our names on slips of paper, and then take turns drawing names. The sibling whose name is on the paper becomes your ‘special person’. It is your job to make Christmas particularly special for that person in as many ways as you can. We do this every year, and like I said, every year seems to be the best one.

  • http://www.therues.com/blog Steph Rue

    My favorite childhood Christmas memory was always being awakened by my little brother LONG before the sun had risen. He is four years younger than me and his excitement and zeal was so contagious and endearing. Even at 4 o’clock in the morning. =)

  • http://twitter.com/JephMaags Jeph Maagdeleyn

    2 years ago, I bought my very first real Christmas tree and spent the night setting it up in my apartment with my girlfriend.  We then had a romantic dinner by the fireplace with some Christmas jazz music playing in the background.  After dinner we spent some time dancing which eventually led to me getting down on one knee and proposing.  I married that beautiful girl and we are now expecting our first child in just a few months.  Great Christmas memory.

  • Jamesawhitten

    Christmas eve is my favorite memory 

  • Jennifer

    I think my favorite Christmas memory would probably be participating in the Christmas pageants at church as a child.

  • Joshua B.

    As a child, my favorite Christmas was probably when my sister and I received a Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2 from “Santa Claus”. My sister and I loved those video games.  Also, I loved going to my grandparents’ house over the years, anticipating opening all of the gifts my papaw and memaw bought me. The meals and Christmas candy were, and still are, delicious.

  • Terry

    My favorite Christmas memory is reciting the Christmas story from Luke 2 on Christmas Eve. 

    Thanks Aaron for your contributions to the world of blogging!

  • Deb

    My favorite Christmas memory, although bittersweet, is my mom’s last Christmas on earth.  The Good Lord gave her all she wanted that year.  All of her children and grandchildren were home (a feat since 2 children and their families had been overseas).  Her children were all in a good place in their lives, and it snowed on Christmas day.  So joyous and sad at the same time because we knew it was probably the last Christmas we would spend together, and we were right.

  • Bookspet

    My favourite Christmas memory.. Would be the Christmas morning after the church family talent show. My brother and I would wake our parents up to unwrap presents. We always got more than we deserve more than we could possibly ask for.

  • Mike

    Traveling to my grandparents’ home as a child right after we had moved several hours away.  The car had no heater, and I remember the joy of being at my grandparents and, strangely, the image of me putting my cold feet on the brown fuel oil heater in their living room.

  • Kduffy

    This would be a true blessing for a poor college student. My favorite Christmas memory is just the routine of Christmas morning with my family. Such a blessing to see God’s faithfulness to us in so many ways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002638089066 Persis Lorenti

    Realizing Christmas is about the Incarnation and having the chance to enjoy it anew.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Daniel Lyle

    The first Christmas I ever spent with my wife.  Back when we were dating.  Magical time.

  • http://twitter.com/nate_bottle44 Nathan Harbottle

    My favorite Christmas memory is when I was a young child we would have a family Christmas gathering. My favorite part of the evening was having the children circle around my great-grandfather as he read the birth of Christ from the book of Luke 2. The way he read it made the story seem so real to me. I felt as if I were there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kellie.runge Kellie ‘Gries’ Runge

    My favorite Christmas memory is being snowed in with my family on Christmas Day several years ago.  It was so nice being home on Christmas for once…not having to travel from one family celebration to the next.

  • Cwwheelock09

    Opening presents with the family on Christmas Eve growing up!

  • Daniel Ashworth, Jr.

    My favorite Christmas memory was back when I was a kid my whole family would get together for Christmas Day.

  • Brad Smith

    My favorite Christmas memory are the Christmas Eve services. After I accepted Christ my wife and I would go to the Christmas Eve service at the Baptist  church and since I grew up Catholic we would go with my side of the family to the Midnight Mass. We loved the music and joy of the celebration of Christ’s Birth. After we would go back to the house to open gifts and eat meat pies and other goodies. 
    Great family memories.

  • http://twitter.com/cruciformlife Jimmy Davis

    Giving a brand new puppy to our kids as a surprise on Christmas morning!!  None of us will forget that one!  Sadly, though, we just recently had to put that little guy down.  We miss him.

  • http://chriscanuel.wordpress.com Chris Canuel

    My favorite Christmas memory is waking up when hearing something in the living room…obviously I thought this had to be Santa Claus…so I sneak into the room to find my step-dad putting out my new Nintendo game system(Yep, the original). I asked what was going on…He dropped down and yelled, “Ouch! I stubbed my toe!” Busted. 

  • Blaircanady

    having a late night christmas eve theology chat at waffle house

  • Derek

    One of the best Christmas memories I have is 2 years ago my great grandmother passed away at Christmas time, so we kind of postponed gift giving for a while. About 2 weeks after Christmas, we finally got around to opening gifts, which was diificult because my great grandmother had wrapped all her gifts before she got sick. It was tough, but we opened gifts as a last memory of her. My gift was a special pen set that reminded her of me. I teared up, but I knew she was in heaven no longer suffering. Today, I use that pen and I am reminded of her, her dedication to God and the church, and the joy of being with family at Christmas.

  • http://twitter.com/graceXchange Shawn Doud

    My favorite Christmas memory is trying to wrap a tricycle for my young son.  We lived in a small apartment so hiding it was a challenge!

  • http://www.wired4truth.info Douglas K. Adu-Boahen

    Singing “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow” with my family. Always a special time when we sing that song…

  • Junikay

    Christmas Eve candlelight communion was a wonderful tradition at our Church while in Charlotte.  It was an important part of our focus on what Christmas was really about.

  • N6u2mb4ers

    By far, my fondest Christmas memory is the manger scene my father made and placed in the fireplace of the home where I lived the first 7 years of my life.  He built this box which fit just perfectly into the fireplace filling it from front to back, top to bottom.  The back wall was lined with construction paper that was painted dark blue with yellow stars all with black light paint.  In the top he cut a hole for a small hand held black light which when lit brought to life the night of the nativity.  Inside were placed a complete nativity scene of ceramic figurines: Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, some camels, a donkey and the shepard and some lambs lying near was well as the three wise men all on a bed of straw.  And an Angel that stood aloft over the entire holy family in a corner of the box.  The lighting and the color with the Christmas lights from our tree made the whole thing just magical when the lights were off in the living room.  I would lay in the floor in front of that fireplace and just travel in time.  Hey, I just traveled in time.  Thanx for asking!

  • Jared Moore

    My favorite Christmas memory is the enjoyment of God through family: my parents and siblings, and now, my wife and children.  We always have a great time.  Family is such a wonderful gift from the Lord.

  • Stephen Burnett

    Just found this site … and though all my past Christmases have been wonderful, this one is even more so, for so many reasons. It is my third Christmas with my beautiful wife, and despite some problems this year (money worries, car problems, etc.) we just keep learning to be grateful for all God’s gifts. Yes, it sounds spiritual to say, but I’m not sure how else to say it!

  • Jesse B.

    My favorite Christmas memory is Christmas eves as a child. We would go to church and then off to my grandparents to eat and talk. Good times

  • pwc

    after college, i decided to stay around for church in california instead of going back home in washington. it was a difficult time as i just picked up odd jobs i can to support myself. i didn’t have a place to go during christmas, so i went to denny’s, and felt a bit miserable at the time. i was reading westminster confession of faith when my pastor called me. he’d heard that i was around and wondered what i was up to, so i told him i was at denny’s. he started laughing and his family in the background were laughing as well. then he told me about this song about this miserable single guy who spent his christmas at denny’s. i thought that was pretty funny, so i laughed…but also felt a bit silly. i ended up spending christmas with them. 

    i’m still trying to come up with the money to give books to my donors, so it’d really help if i win this!

  • Addaniels7

    Hmm. Favorite Christmas memory. Has to be the Christmas I got a dog. I was 7 or 8 and I can’t remember getting a better gift. That dog was with our fam for 15 years. Good memory.

  • Stephen Newell

    My favorite memory was getting to spend Christmas with my family in Tennessee for the first time in 6 years, and seeing my 2 toddler girls play with my parents and sister in the snow. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/jchrisland Chris Land

    My favorite Christmas memory has been the last few years with my kids making Christ-centered where we read the Bible before presents. Then, as for fun, we have a birthday cake for Jesus that my family and I made together.

  • http://nephos.wordpress.com/ Cameron

    Favorite memory: As a child, travelling all through the night to get to grandma’s house.  Getting to be up so late was pretty cool at the time.

  • http://www.sixsteps.org/ Alex S. Leung

    Handel’s Messiah @ Roy Thompson Hall w/ my bride-to-be and trying to survive in the downtown Toronto cold while enjoying Christmas sights n sounds!

  • Rusty

    My favorite Christmas memory was when I was a small boy perhaps 5 years old. We spent Christmas in a cabin that was build by my father and grandfather. I was excited to spend Christmas there because it snowed and we were further north so I reasoned I would get my presents faster. We had cut down and decorated our tree. There was roaring fire in the stove. I was ready for bed but I insisted on drawing Santa a picture to leave with his milk and cookies. But I was surprised to hear my mother tell me that since it was so cold out Santa would more likely want a glass of Southern Comfort with his cookies. So she took the milk away and replaced it with a glass (not a shot) of Southern Comfort. I went to bed thinking that this would be the best Christmas ever. I was closer to the north pole so the better presents wouldn’t be all gone and I left Santa his real favorite beverage. Imagine my excitement when I awoke and found he cookies gone and the glass empty. And my picture had been moved and pinned up on the wall. It was magical. But it was nothing compared to my first Christmas after I became a Christian some 14 years later. As I was singing the same Christmas carols I had sung for years my heart was “strangely warmed” as I realized the Gospel message in the lyrics and wondered why others didn’t they appreciate the lyrics the same as I did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timotharris Timothy Harris

    I don’t have one in particular, but it brings a smile to my face when I think back to when I was a young child… waking up on Christmas morning with my siblings, having a nice fire going, everyone together. Good stuff.

  • Mlee1121

    my favorite christmas memory is when we actually bought gifts for each other secret santa style

  • Anonymous

    My favorite Christmas memory is from 1979.  My wife and I had discovered, early in December, that we were going to have our first baby, who would also be my parents’ first grandchild.  We didn’t tell anyone, though, until Christmas day.  We were at my parents’ house.  After everyone had opened all their gifts, we told mom and dad that we had one more present for them, and announced the news. Mom and Dad were so happy, they cried.  It was such a joyful day, for so many reasons.  Thinking about it now made me cry again, but this time, because Mom and Dad are both gone.  It’s ironic that my best memory made me so sad as I recalled it just now.

  • http://www.alivingoak.com Jacob Young

    This past year we hosted my parents for Christmas at our house with our newborn son, Owen. It was one of my favorite memories simply for the great grace and joy it spoke to me of the Lord’s kindness to our family in many, many ways. Plus, I mean, a baby for Christmas, what gets any cuter? (Or what gets you thinking about the mystery of the cross than to think a similar baby was born who was born to die for my sins?…)

  • Pemery4christ92

    Every year on Christmas Eve my dad would read the Christmas story from the light of our Christmas tree. Christ was always the focus.

  • http://jeffwrightjr.wordpress.com/ Jeff Wright

    One of my favorite Christmas memories as a kid was getting a giant (or so it seemed at the time) box of Star Wars figures. If only I knew to not break them!

  • David Taylor

    My favorite Christmas memory would have been when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I was living in Louisiana and we got real snow, not just melt as it hits the ground snow. To this day, its the only snow I have ever seen that would be considered real snow!

  • http://jeffwrightjr.wordpress.com/ Jeff Wright

    I tweeted but the program never read that step as complete so I don’t know if my entries were counted or not.

    • http://www.bloggingtheologically.com Aaron Armstrong

      I’m not sure either – I know that Punchtab has been having a few troubles recording Tweets lately. Referrals have been showing up though.

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  • Joe Henegan

    Favourite Christmas memory has to be from my childhood. Waking up all night long at hourly intervals to check if the presents had arrived. THEN, actually waking in the morning, realising it’s Christmas day, stretching my legs out to the bottom of my bed and feeling a big lump of presents inside a stocking. I used to look forward to that moment for months – still do : )

  • Ryan

    So many memories…perhaps me and my wife giving to the poor as husband and wife would be one…

  • Rick

    My favorite Christmas memory – my first Christmas as a new believer. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/denny.dispennette Denny Dispennette

    Any of the times when I was at home. Ah I can’t wait to be there. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teri-Lynn/100000086636620 Teri Lynn

    My favorite Christmas memory was at a low point in my life.  I was alone. I was alone because of losses and choices. Both mother and father gone along with some very loved relatives. But God caused me to realize that truly I was never really alone with Him in my life.  So, on Christmas Eve the Lord and I shared communion and a long discussion about life, and LIFE in Him, and the hope of a future. Because of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection and my acceptance of God’s forgiveness through His Son, no matter what happened in the world, my real Life was safe in Him.  

    Even today, years later, I remember this discussion and comforting from the Holy Spirit with tears in my eyes.  There is no one who loves like God.

  • Cody McCallister

    My favorite Christmas memory was my first Christmas I could remember, because it was also the last one I had with my grandfather who I dearly miss. Although he’s gone, I can still hold onto that memory of him that Christmas.

  • Jason Gardner

    I don’t a singular favorite Christmas memory, but I remember as a kid I used to love riding home with my mom and sisters from Christmas shopping and singing Christmas songs all the way. It was an hour’s drive to the mall, so we could sing plenty of songs!

  • Dan

    Driving all night in the snow to return home to a foodless house (literally we had to go to a local convenience store for breakfast food). We celebrated Christmas simply that year, and it was wonderful.

  • Craig Beard

    I’m not sure this is my BEST Christmas memory, but it’s a good one!  The second Christmas after my wife and I were divorced, I drove from Alabama to Arkansas the day after Christmas to see my two children and give them their presents.  It took about 7 hours to get there.  I spent about 6 hours with my kids.  Then, since I couldn’t afford a hotel (things were very tight then) and had no one to stay with there (none of my ex-wife’s family were willing), I decided to drive through the night to get back home to Alabama.  Having been a long time, and having driven several hours to get to Arkansas, I was understandably tired.  I was tired enough not to notice the speed limit signs in a small Arkansas town, and was stopped for speeding (I wasn’t going all that fast, but enough over the limit to be pulled over).  I had no cash to pay the ticket (and cash was all they would take), and it was about 10:00pm, so my chances of spending the night in jail were pretty good.  I swallowed my pride and called my former brother-in-law, who lived in the town my kids were staying in, and told him about the situation.  He and my former mother-in-law came up with the cash I needed and loaned it to me.  So, I paid the ticket and continued me drive home . . . very careful to notice and obey all the posted speed limits.  When I finally arrived at home, walked in, and sat down . . . I had a good laugh about what I’d gone through to see my kids for Christmas.  And, now that they’re grown, I have a good story to tell them.

  • psalm1496

    My favorite Christmas memory (memories) were the years that my extended family would gather together at my grandparents’ home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. The celebrations were always just that, celebrations … of Jesus’ birth, family and special moments. There was always laughter and joy. Both of my grandparents have gone on to be with the Lord but I will forever cherish the years spent with them as a family.

  • http://www.jenniferroth.me/ Jennifer Roth

    My favorite Christmas memory (memories actually) were the years that my extended family would gather together at my grandparents’ home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania where they retired. The celebrations were always just that, celebrations … of Jesus’ birth, family and special moments. There was always laughter and joy. Both of my grandparents have gone on to be with the Lord but I will forever cherish the years spent with them as a family.

  • http://twitter.com/franktan franktan

    When my wife and I were dating in Taipei, Taiwan; we attended a Christmas Eve service at a local church (Grace) and joined the Christmas carolers, made up mostly of nonChristian students from the university across the road. We would visit homes of church members, sing carols, and listen to our hosts share their testimony and the story of the first Christmas with the carolers. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/asa.veek Asa Veek

    My birthday is Christmas Eve, and so both tend to become one.  My favorite memory was celebrating my birthday during the day, and, as dusk fell, it started snowing great, big, fluffy snowflakes.  As we drove to the Candlelight service at my Grandma’s church, we drove around and looked at lights.  What a great way to celebrate my birthday, and also to remember the birth our Savior.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002825424032 Josh Ramos

    My favorite Christmas memory was when my wife, step-son and daughter were decorating the Christmas tree, which is a family tradition. I was capturing it all on video and suddenly it dawned on me that Christ has truly blessed me with these individuals I was looking at. I looked at them and realized that family is truly a miracle and a gift from God. Right then and there I received my Christmas gift.  

  • Andy Dukes

    My favorite Christmas memory would have to be traveling out to a family farm searching for the perfect Christmas tree for our living room. Especially years that it would snow when we were out. It was like the scene from Christmas Vacation minus the chaos, Audrey’s frozen eyes, and the crazy dad wanting to snatch up the biggest and brightest tree.!!

  • http://twitter.com/david_norman David Norman

    My favorite Christmas memory was when it snowed in south Texas (Corpus Christi) on Christmas Eve. That was the most snow they’d had in the last 105 years combined!

    and it totally ruined my son, who was tricked into believing that it would snow there every year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=793534921 Jay Allred

    When I was young it was getting my first set of drums. As a dad it has been watching my girls enjoy their gifts.

  • Matt

    My favourite Christmas memory would have to be the first Christmas with my wife.

  • Chris Nyland

    The first year I was with my wife and I gave her a beautiful music box as a gift for Christmas.

  • Michele

    Every year we worship on Christmas Eve and I watch my children grow in love of the Lord!

  • stephen porter

    Hi Aaron, thanks for the opportunity to win a library like this.  My favorite Christmas memory is heading out to my aunt’s for Christimas when I was little.  We had tons of food and tons of memories.  I hope to make some more favorites now that I have a son of my own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272638659 Seth Hewitt

    Best Christmas memory was of our 2nd Christmas in Denver, back in the early 80s. It began to snow about midnight on the 23rd, snowed all day Christmas Eve, and continued until Christmas morning. By the time it stopped we had about 30″ of snow on the ground. A REAL white Christmas—especially for someone who grew up in the deep south. Just wonderful! Snowed in with my sweet wife!

  • http://twitter.com/nate_downey Nate Downey

    My favorite Christmas memory is doing the Advent wreath with my parents & brothers & sisters. Lighting the candles, reading the Scriptures, singing…wonderful memories. I am enjoying building those same memories with my family now as well.

  • Fred Butterfield

    Coming home in December 1988 — three days after Christmas — to my wife and then six- and three-years-old sons — both of whom are now married men with children of their own — after two and a half months at sea aboard a nuclear submarine.  Nothing sweeter.

  • Ftaylor

    Favorite Christmas memory is quickly becoming my kids favorite memory as well: Christmas morning, making Fried Dough… They key is this: mom doesn’t make it… dad does. We cover it with butter and jelly and cinnamon and all kinds of (really bad for you) good news, and feed our faces. This year, we’ll eat and run to church, then back home to open gifts, and nap (which is quickly becoming a Second favorite memory)

  • Nancy S.

    I prayed for a Christmas miracle (had just been laid off) and my husband had surgery (no insurance). A co-worker gave me a $100 Walmart card (I gave 1/2 in appreciation to God to someone else who was needy), plus a $50 Cracker Barrel gift card. Then a stranger said ” God bless you” and gave me a bill. I opened it up, looked, it was $100. I turned right away, with tears, saying “How did you know?” and no one was there. I looked everywhere close by. I got chills head to toe. I shook like a leaf, sensing it was a Christmas angel. I said “Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief.” After all, we don’t feel we are special enough for Him to do such for us when we know our sins & iniquities. I took it to the casheir, asked her to check if it was real. It was. I will never forget Him answering prayer. 

  • Brad Young

    Fav memory??? I’m not sure if it’s trudging through the snow looking for the perfect tree to cut down, or showing up at grandmas house with the smell of turkey and ham in the air and everyone a buzz with the events of the last few months.

  • Daniel

    Hard to pick, but I think any memory of sitting around all the day spending time with my family is my favorite.

  • Jon

    My favorite Christmas was my first one in Canda after moving from Australia in 2003. After 25 years of having Christmas in 35+ degree weather there was SNOW! And I didn’t sweat as we ate a hot turkey dinner :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.adam.johnson Nicholas Adam Johnson

    My favorite Christmas memory is when I was younger, my brother and I would go to my parents bedroom on Christmas morning and we would read the Christmas story from Luke together as a family before any gift giving.  We directed our praise and worship to the one who really deserved it all anyway!  I can’t wait to do that with my own family one day when I have children of my own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637268516 Eric Singleton

    My Nintendo when I was 9, i was excited to say the least.

  • Belswick

    We read The Lightlings every year instead of the more traditional stories. It’s a great book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1517173 Sarah Daubert

    We went to the beach with my extended family for Christmas one year. it was so good to have all the cousins together!

  • Debi Martin

    my favorite Christmas memory is the year our church surprised our family with a bunch of gifts. I was in junior high and my dad was the school principal and we didn’t have much money. we knew Christmas wasn’t about the gifts, but my parents felt bad that they couldn’t do much for us that year. One evening shortly before Christmas, some people from our church showed up at our door with a bunch of gifts that they had collected for us. It wasn’t so much about the gifts but about the spirit of generosity and love from fellow Christians.

  • janimar

    The year I got a tape recorder and my mom recorded on it that It was a cold day with a foot of snow outside. My dad also spoke on the tape. He died the next year and we cherished that tape.

  • http://twitter.com/wlauderb Wes Lauderback

    Spending Christmas in Hawaii as a last family vacation with my parents & my brother before I got married.

  • Andrew Wencl

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is going and looking at Christmas lights with my family so Santa could stop at our house early.

  • Pastor Josh

    First of all, I would LOVE to win this library – thank you so much for offering this incredible contest!  Now, my favorite Christmas memory was one entire week in December 2008.  Just two months earlier, I had met a beautiful young lady, named Karen (now my wife :O), when she brought a ministry team all the way from West Michigan to my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi in order to help us do some special evangelism for one week at the state fair.  I was so taken by her sweet personality, her heart for the Lord, and – of course – her beauty, that I simply had to have a “talk” with her before she left town and tell her what I was feeling and thinking.  She had been praying for God to bring her a husband, just as I had – for years – been praying for Him to bring me a wife.  Something just felt really “right” about my visits with her between ministry visits, and I simply had to tell her.  So, I did have a wonderful (two hour!) talk with her, during which she responded with shock as well as excitement, and agreed to let me stay in touch and keep getting to know her.

    Anyway, much more quickly than I expected, we were spending long hours on the phone getting to know each other better, and talking very openly with our parents and family members about meeting each other.  By mid-November, her family was inviting me to spend a week of the Christmas holidays with them in Michigan so that they could get to know me a little bit, and – of course – I worked it out to go.  To make a long story just a little bit shorter, it was truly one of the greatest weeks of my life.  There was a little bit of anxiety meeting the entire family at one time (especially in this case, because she’s the middle of nine children!), but it paled in comparison to the joy of seeing her again, and getting to spend a whole week learning more about her life.  On top of that, being a life-long southerner up to that point, that was my first REAL experience with snow, and I absolutely loved it! 

    That was a very special, romantic, and memorable week (except for the sadness of having to leave Karen to fly back home a week later), and I will NEVER forget it.  Not only was it a very special week for us, but it was also a very significant week, because the Lord used that week – and a few more week-long trips after that one – to bring my precious wife and I together in marriage.  I now live in Michigan with my “northerner” wife and our six month old baby, where I serve as an assistant pastor of the very church that we had our wedding in!  Life simply doesn’t get any better than this….unless, of course, I could win a few wonderful new books, too!  :O) 

  • Anonymous

    Favorite memory is reading the Chirstmas Story to my family before jumping into all the presents.  Hopefully it helped provide a proper foundation for the rest of the day.

  • http://twitter.com/PastorTodd78 Todd Gragg

    I would have to say that my favorite Christmas memory is from 2009.  I had just proposed to Stephanie (now my wife) at the beginning of December and I was spending Christmas with her family.  We had a blizzard hit Oklahoma on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.  I did not find out that my office was going to be closed because of the weather until early Christmas Eve morning so as soon as I did I drove the 90 miles from Oklahoma City to Tulsa pretty much just barely ahead of the storm.  It was snowing & sleeting on me the whole way but the temperature was just hovering around 33/34.  The temperature dropped below 30 right as I pulled into my now Mother-in-law’s driveway.

    The rest of that day we watched it snow and then spend two days snowed in as we just enjoyed time together as a family.

  • Belswick

    reading the Lightlings with my son every year.
     

  • Jonathan

    It is always waking up on Christmas day to Canadian snowfall. The feeling remains the same, no matter how old you become. 

  • Jen

    My favorite Christmas memory is going to church every Christmas Eve for a quiet, reflective service that was led by our pastor (my dad)…and then going home to stay up really late eating and opening presents with my family. Loved sleeping in late the next morning after staying up most the night with my family!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=62400040 Erin Joy Hollister

    My favorite Christmas memory would be the year that no one wanted to help me decorate the Christmas tree because they were (a) out of town at college or (b) not feeling well, so I decorated the whole tree with Barbie ornaments. When my brother came home from college, he added all Star Wars ornaments so that they were either fighting with Barbies, giving them choke-holds or flirting with them. It was one of the most memorable trees we’ve ever had.

  • matt

    7 years ago my wife and I had just moved to California.  It was probably the only Christmas we’ll ever have alone (and we’re ok with that) so we spent it ripping through southern California hills on my motorcycle on a 75 degree day.  That was fun.

  • http://twitter.com/jonrmcleod Jonathan McLeod

    Christmas at my grandparents’ house when I was a kid.

  • Anonymous

    The Christmas when I was 11…I don’t remember anything about it other than that my parents were together, and my world hadn’t been turned upside down. The Christmas when I was 27, when I realized that all the Christmases since I was 12 were times of God actively shaping me into who He wants me to be, despite the effects of sin (both my own and those done to me) in my life. I am thankful that God turns 11 year old boy’s worlds upside down to make the gospel real to them.

  • http://twitter.com/nathanshumate Nathan Shumate

    Well, there was the Christmas when three of us four kids came down with the stomach flu overnight and greeted Christmas morning with vomit on our sleepers…

  • Chris Gill

    Whenever I think about Christmas I can’t help but remember my first Christmas as a believer. I always knew that Jesus was born on Christmas day, but that first Christmas God just tore into me and reminded me that we were not simply celebrating a birthday, but celebrating the birth of the King of kings.  This is the day when God stepped down to earth and lived amongst His people.  I do not know if I have ever felt closer to God than I did at that moment.  It was absolutely incredible!

  • Jonleann9493

    Watching my 2 boys eyes twinkle when they run down the hall. Also when I bought my wife (then girlfriend) a promise ring. And the year Santa chocked on his beard

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.mccarty1 Joe McCarty

    The year that me and my brother got a Go Kart as kids.  It’s a miracle that we both survived.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=104300134 Peter Stevens

    One of my favorite memories is spending Christmas with my brother in Colorado. It was a very white Christmas. I got to see my niece and nephew open their presents with big smiles on their faces. Then in the afternoon we went out and played in the snow together. Any time I can spend time with my family on Christmas is a wonderful time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wisemanb Barry Wiseman

    2002. Wednesday, Christmas evening. Thought it was crazy that our congregation was having their regular classes that night. But my son made the decision to be baptized into Christ that night.

  • Danny Bias

    My favorite Christmas memory is of recent years.  Since I’ve been married I have spent Christmas with my wife’s family and what some would consider to be a dreadful evening (a night with the in-law’s) I truly treasure and look forward too!!!  A night filled with joy and laughter and one I never want to miss.  A guaranteed memory every year!!!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimwcurtis Jim Curtis

    My favorite Christmas memory was most definitely when I was about 8 years old. I was romping around the woods with my sister and we were running as fast as we could across logs seeing who would fall first into the freezing cold water underneath. I was chasing after her and my horrible balance (which still plagues me to this day) caught up with me and made me fall. In an attempt to save myself from hypothermia, a heart attack, and straight embarrassment from losing, I attempted to straddle the log and bear-hug it. This worked, and I gained success for the three reasons I attempted the last minute act. However, one major problem immediately was brought to the forefront of my mind: I bit clean through my tongue. Blood flowing freely from the crevice that my teeth so generously and effortlessly created, I wanted to scream in pain, but that only increased the agony I was experiencing. So, I decided to do the best thing I could. I sat there, trying to remain calm, putting pressure on the wound, and slowly gathered my thoughts before attempting to move- NOT. I jumped off the log, hopped from the colder-than-ice water onto the shore and sprinted as fast as my eight-year-old legs could carry me. I don’t think I’ve run as fast since. When after what seemed to be like miles, and gallons of blood later, I ripped open my grandmother’s glass door, ran into the kitchen and stared at my mother, uncle, and grandmother who were halfway out of their chairs and inches from yelling at me for running in the house and ripping open the door when they all froze. Apparently the sight of an eight-year-old with blood running down his chin and all over his jacket and pants was enough to make adults pause. It also, as I recall vividly, made the color from my mother’s face vanish instantly. Immediately the women of the house started tending to me as my uncle called the hospital telling them I was on my way. 

    I have literally no recollection of the ride to the hospital, or what happened in the hospital. All I remember is being held in my grandmother’s arms crying from the pain after we returned to her house and sat in front of the fire. That Christmas was horrible, and left me with a sweet scar on my tongue. But it’s my favorite memory because of all the times in my life, I remember hearing about Christ at no other time from my family than that night from my grandmother. The only prayer I had ever heard her pray was the Lord’s prayer as we attended Mass on every Christmas Eve ever, except that night. She truly prayed over me as I sat crying in her arms. I didn’t realize the significance until years later, but now that I do, I will never forget the Christmas. Since then, I’ve moved churches, denominations, and different beliefs. Now I find myself in a completely different setting that Roman Catholic, but I will never forget my grandmother’s prayer for me, nor will I forget her words that Jesus Christ came and endured more pain than I was suffering. Not that she was diminishing or undermining what I was going through, only showing me that Christ willingly chose pain for my sake. Sure, her theology doesn’t match mine now, but what she spoke and prayed was truth. I will never forget that night nor will I ever forget my Nanna.

  • Tony

    I have so many favorites for Christmas. When I was young my parents would block the staircase so that we couldn’t go downstairs until everyone was awake. Thankfully they graciously got up early with us. The excitement was intense and we loved running down the stairs to discover what was under the tree.

    Today, I love being with my wife and 5 boys worshiping Jesus and celebrating together.

  • Zack Skrip

    Favorite memory: Staying up until midnight Christmas eve to party with my dad’s side, and then drive 3hrs home, get up, unwrap presents and then drive 1.5hrs to party with my mom’s side. It was always a fast two days, but they were a lot of fun.

  • James

    Two years ago we brought our son Ian home from China just in time for Christmas.

  • David Shaw

    Getting to share the Christmas story with my boys.

  • Blake Fewell

    My favorite Christmas memory was, as a little kid, I was waiting for the presents to be opened.  Now, for some reason, at that time, I had this thing about this Indian dance that my grandma would do.  She is an old Swede who has no relation to the Native Americans, but she would do this ridiculous dance just to make people laugh.  So, I asked her if she could do the dance just before we open presents.  She reluctantly agreed and put one leg back, leaned forward with her hand cupped over her mouth, and began her chant as she jumped from one foot to another.  “Wa, wa, wa, wa.  Wa, wa, wa, wa.”  She continues to do this until she happens to hit her foot against one of my presents (which happened to be this HUGE art set!) and stumbled to the ground.  Everyone laughed and she was thoroughly embarrassed, but it was one of the greatest Christmas memories I have had: my Swedish grandma doing her failed Indian dance.

  • Brandon

    My favorite Christmas memory is having my family sit around and all of us reading Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus.

  • http://twitter.com/TCasserly Trevor Casserly

    My favorite memory of Christmas is the year that I was able to get Thousand Foot Krutch and Blindside tickets for Christmas, I was in the 3rd grade and it was around 1999 or 2000. What great gifts for a lil guy!! 

  • Greggo47

    My favorite Christmas memory is the ones I hope to make this year with my beautiful one year old daughter and wife! :)

  • Spearscole

    Getting to pick guitars with my dad and cousins and everyone else singing along!

  • JP

    Sleeping under the tree as a kid is up there. Looking forward to sharing Christmas with my daughter for the first time this year!

  • Jeremy Barbee

    The first Christmas with my oldest son. He was only 8weeks old. But I had such a greater understanding of the Father’s love and the sacrifice of sending your only son to the world

  • Tyler D Corbin

    My favorite Christmas memory would have to be when my youngest brother turned the smoker up for the ham all the way up and my father did not know that it had happened and the ham was ruined. However, we still ate it!

  • dan

    Love watching my parents open up gifts and just enjoy having us kids all around.  Priceless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.leduc Aaron LeDuc

    Busting through a banner I took 3 weeks before Christmas to make.  And ninja pajamas.

  • Dex

    My favorite Christmas memory is the Christmas light searching my wife (then girlfriend) and I did.

  • Aneighbors07

    The first Christmas my daughter was old enough to enjoy the holiday and watching everything through her eyes.

  • http://www.quietedwaters.com Joshua

    Thanks for the giveaway, Aaron!

    My favorite recent Christmas memory comes from last year when my 1-year-old niece spent the entire day “brushing her teeth” with her new tooth brush, ignoring all the real gifts her parents kept trying to get her to open.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donnie-Haflich/687094045 Donnie Haflich

    In the summer of 1996 I accepted Christ as my Savior. That Christmas I received a NIV Study Bible. I ate that thing up. There is writing all over the margins,marker on various verses, and notes all over the place. I took that Bible with me wherever I went. Some of the Old Testament pages even started falling out. I remember that Christ had a special place that Christmas and I have been reading and learning ever since. Now that I have a two year old daughter and a son on the way I want them also to share in a special memory like I had. I want them to soak in the Word of God. So this Christmas I plan on giving my little girl a Bible that’s at her level so we can start some Christmas memories of our own.

  • Anthony Holdier

    Last year was my daughter’s first Christmas – we have a great picture of her inside of the stocking that her great-grandmother knitted for her!

  • Brian K

    What about participating in a Christmas skit having only practised once, and then having a durian (you can wikipedia that if you don’t know what that is) feast later on? Yes, you can tell I’m non-American: I don’t know if I qualify for this giveaway but you can’t blame me for trying to get my hands on on those good books!

  • Jeff

    My first Christmas with children – very special.

  • jayoh

    My favorite Christmas memory is probably baking cookies with my family.  Every Christmas Eve we’d bake 7 or 8 dozen cookies of various varieties.  Lot’s of fun and great times with the family.

  • PastorGregO

    Hi Aaron, thanks for getting the word out.
    My favorite Christmas memory is probably the tradition of pulling stuff out of the stockings before we did anything else. The gifts in the stockings were always simple and small but they still brought joy and played their own special part in the dance of the day.

  • http://johnscheepers.wordpress.com/ John

    Christmas’ past all seem to melt in one good memory but last Christmas having recently adopted my son who had just turned 3 was really special to see him enjoy being a part of the celebrations and have the family all spoil him a bit and make a fuss of him.

  • Ben O.

    Reading through Luke 2 at my grandparents before opening presents.

  • Terry

    One of my favorite Christmas memories started on Christmas Eve. As a kid to pass the time I would spend a good deal of my time playing checkers with my Grandfather. Whenever anyone in the family started talking about all they wanted for Christmas, my Grandfather would relate his best Christmas. He was a sharecropper’s son in the Depression in South Georgia. One Christmas at the community house they were given a stocking with an apple, orange, some nuts, hard candy and a metal car. It reminded us how blessed we are. To this day in our family we still receive a stocking with fruit, nuts, candy and a car to remind us to count our blessings.

  • Kyle Owenby

    My favorite Christmas memory is from about ten or fifteen years ago. My brothers and I woke up, unwrapped presents and then our dad told us that we needed to go do some work, chopping wood or the like. Well, we weren’t too happy but we dutifully followed him to the shed where we saw two ATVs sitting that we promptly enjoyed by running over cow patties in our pasture!

  • http://www.facebook.com/csallen88 Caleb Allen

    Favorite Christmas Memory… Going to Louisiana to help feed people after one of the hurricanes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438661152 Amber Lauener Hermes

    Two years ago my daughter and I were in an awful car wreck in which our car was totaled but, by God’s grace, we walked away from.  The next day there was an awful snowstorm and we were snowed with my parents for 5 days.  We were all just so thankful.  God used this event to take our eyes completely off of the presents and to turn our eyes to Himself and His gift to us in Christ.  It all seemed brighter, sweeter and more fragrant.

  • heyjulesg

    My favorite Christmas memories have been the traditions from when I was a child that I have passed on to my children.  I was not allowed to go into the living room on Christmas morning until I woke up my parents and dad went out to light the tree.  I passed this on to my kids and they still insist that we do it to this day…they are 23 and 19!

  • http://www.lisaspence.com Lisa writes…

    Two Christmases two years apart with newborns, definitely favorite memories!

  • http://JohnCalvinII.com John Willis

    My favorite Christmas memory?  The first Christmas service with 5 families that we started a church with in Northern Michigan.  It was probably the most heartfelt outpouring of love I’ve ever seen by a church family

  • David Miller

    Thanks for the great blog, Aaron. Keep up the good work.

    My favorite Christmas memory is when my wife and I got our kids a 4-person tent. On Christmas morning, the tent was set up in the middle of the living room. The kids sat inside of it and opened their presents. It was a week before we could take it down.

  • JasonS
  • JasonS

    My favorite Christmas memory is from five years ago when we took custody of an eight week old little boy Thanksgiving week, then his twenty-two month old sister the Thursday before Christmas. The next September we finalized the adoption!
    That was a wonderful Christmas for us!

  • Coltmelrose

    My favorite Christmas memory has to be all those late night candlelight church services I attended as a kid.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win.

  • http://twitter.com/Brandywinebooks Philip Wade

    My favorite memory is giving my wife the digital camera she wanted. She was surprised and loved it. It was the perfect gift.