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I am, and always have been, a huge fan of Christmas and the holiday season. So when I had chance to read this new book from Ace Collins, and count down the days of Christmas I jumped. I received a free copy of this book to read and share. All opinions are mine and always 100 percent honest. Now let’s get to this book review!
From the Back of the Book
For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.
From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.
With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.
** For more about Ace and other reviews of his book, visit his author page here.
My Personal Review
One of my favorite parts of Christmas as all the traditions my family had while I was growing up. Now, I try to include as much tradition into Christmas for my own little family as I can.
Some I have kept from when I was a child, such as decorating the Christmas tree together and using all the ornaments passed down from my mom. Along with the older traditions, my husband and I have added some new traditions that we love sharing with our 8-year-old son.
One of our favorites is keeping Christmas centered around the reason for the season, Jesus. Every year, on Dec. 23, we load up in the car with our hot coco and go looking at Christmas lights before ending our night visiting the town’s Living Nativity. It is so beautiful to see the story of our Savior reenacted in front of my son. I just love sharing moments of awe and wonder with my family!
In this book, Ace Collins, shares the stories behind many of the Christmas traditions and the beautiful holiday carols we all love to sing along too. I loved reading all the rich history behind the Christmas songs he shares throughout the 31 days.
This easy to read book was delightful and such a joy to follow along with. On each day the author does a wonderful job of sharing something centered around our Lord and Savior. Helping us see, through his words the impact of worrying and the blessing of joy and hope.
This book has great Christ Centered stories for each day, but it is also full of so much more. Along with his daily devotions, Collins includes the history of many of my favorite Christmas hymns, such as Joy to the World and Oh Holy Night. It was nice to read how each song came was born and then be able to sing the song with my little one. To get my son involved I used these sections of song history in our home school lessons each day. He also enjoyed hearing about the history.
Also included with the wonderful Biblical devotions and the stories of the songs, there are many great ideas for making gifts and delicious recipes that would make wonderful treats. It was wonderful to see all the recipes and DIY gift ideas spread throughout this book. You may be wondering how home made gifts or recipes fit into a devotional, but believe me it was a nice addition.
After all holiday foods and presents seem to fit into everyone’s traditions no matter what our backgrounds are. Many of my holiday traditions growing up included special family recipes. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes this year. If I had to say one thing I missed in this book, I would say it would be a picture of two. As a food blogger and lover of all recipes, I would loved to see some pictures of the recipes displayed or even some of the DIY gifts packaged up.
I think Day 4, Putting Gifts into Perspective, was one of my favorite days. It really helped me remember not to stress over gifts, but to give from the heart and with purpose. We were given the greatest gift of all many, many years ago when Jesus came to earth and I loved reading this book and being reminded about what is most important during the holiday season.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is well written and has a very laid back and easy to read flow to it. What a great book to add to our holiday traditions!
It’s Give Away Time!!
Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins’ new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas. Download a free sampler of the book by clicking here.
Join Ace’s Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- A button-wreath craft kit
- Pass the Ugly Christmas Sweater card game
- A gingerbread tree kit
- An advent calendar
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.