Do you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way. Inspirational authors Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer share about Christmas’ past in their new novella collection Where Treetops Glisten. Their three stories “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will take you back to war-time 1942, 1943, and 1944. The authors have also teamed up to give tips on simplifying Christmas this year! Join us December 1-6 on Not Quite Amish Living for the Simplifying Christmas series.
Simple Gifts for Teachers, Neighbors and Friends
by Tricia Goyer
Are you looking for fun, simple gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends? I’ve come up with some fun, cheap and SIMPLE ideas for you!
A Gift for Neighbors or Friends with Kids
One of the bloggers at HomeTalk came up with this adorable Thanksgiving Table Runner.
I loved the idea so much that I purchased paints and a runner so we can make our own!
Create a “Memory Placemat Making Kit.”
1. Spread the paint on your child’s hand.
2. Press it onto the placemat.
3. Let it dry.
4. When it’s dry write your child’s name–and the poem below–with a Sharpie.
In 2014 this was the size of my hand.
Next year it will be bigger,
just like God planned!
A Gift for Teachers
I saw this adorable wreath on Pinterest, and I knew I wanted to make one with my children.
First, I found this ribbon and scrapbooking paper.
We had fun make our wreath!
This is how our wreath turned out!
Want your child’s teacher to always remember the class of 2014?
Create your own hand wreath using the cut-out hands of the kids in the class, with their names on the hands! Solid color scrapbook paper would work better for numerous kids. Also use non-Christmas paper and ribbon so that it can be displayed all year!)
Trace the kids hands, assemble using a glue stick, and then hang with a ribbon. Easy as pie!
Two simple ideas that teachers, neighbors and friends are sure to enjoy!
Where Treetops Glisten Gift Basket Giveaway!
Waterbrook Multnomah has created three wonderful gift baskets to give away to readers! To enter to win this basket, please fill out the Rafflecopter forms found on Tricia Goyer’s blog, Sarah Sundin’s blog and Cara Putman’s Facebook page!
Each basket contains:
Copy of Where Treetops Glisten
Christmas DVD – Holiday Inn Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire
Christmas CD (includes all the book title songs) – “A Jolly Christmas” Frank Sinatra
Apron made from vintage pattern
Recipe cards from each character
About Tricia Goyer
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at www.TriciaGoyer.com.
About Where Treetops Glisten
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas.
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?