Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

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I’m terrible at doing Supermom-type things like creating traditions. Maybe I enjoy variety way too much, but there just aren’t a whole lot of Christmas things that we make sure to do year after year after year. Our primary points of consistency are a Christmas card tree in our kitchen and non-stop Christmas music starting December 1st. Other than those two things, we tend to change our Christmastime routine a lot.

Over the last few years, though, I’ve tried to be consistent and intentional about celebrating Advent. We have a beautiful wooden Advent wreath that I absolutely treasure, and this year we’re using Ann Voskamp’s new book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas for devotions every night.

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Y’all. This book is beautiful, tender, captivating, and absolutely saturated with Truth. Tonight I was all teary-eyed by the second paragraph, and I am telling you that there was an 11 year-old boy sitting around our table who was LOCKED IN to the words we were reading. The readings are simple enough for kids to understand and deeply meaningful for adults as well. One of the things I like the most is that there are two or three discussion questions at the end of each story, and that gives us a chance to dig a little deeper.

All that to say: this book is going to be a treasure in our family just like my beloved wooden Advent wreath. It’s such a simple way to pull the family together for ten or fifteen minutes every night (or morning, or afternoon, or whenever) and focus on why we celebrate this season. If you do a Jesse tree, the book works perfectly with that (there are ornaments that go with each day’s devotion, and the book will tell you how to download them), but you don’t even have to do anything extra. Just read the words. Speak them out loud over your family. Or let one of your kids read to you. The “how” isn’t the issue. This is all about the Who.

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So, just because I love it and think you will, too, I’m giving away three copies of Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. I’m only going to leave the giveaway open until 10:00 central tomorrow (Wednesday) night, and then I’ll draw for winners. I’ll order the books ASAP so that hopefully the winners will have their copies by this weekend. At that point you can play catch-up or just jump right in to that day’s devotion. OR you could give a copy to a friend or family member as a Christmas gift. YOU HAVE OPTIONS.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win – and I’ll notify winners by email tomorrow night.

Happy Advent-ing, y’all!

This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be notified ASAP via email.

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  1. This book looks wonderful!

  2. benita BUssell says:

    would love this book:) Family tradition to have advent every night in dec :) Would love to to have other options to read to the kids(big ones and little ones)

  3. Love this idea! What a great book to have for the holidays!!

  4. I have been looking for a new tradition for our family… This is beautiful!

  5. pick me, Boo, pick me!

  6. I actually went to the store to buy it Sunday and it was SOLD OUT. Would love to get my hands on one of these. :)

  7. Would love to start this with my girls!

  8. Amy dixon says:

    Such a beautiful book! I would love to have this!

  9. Ooh, ooh! Pick me, pick me! I think I need this and it sounds like a wonderful accompaniment for the Christmas season.

  10. Kerrie McNeal says:

    I would love this book!

  11. Would love to win! This has been on my wish list since last Christmas!

  12. I would love this book!

  13. Ashley Diggs says:

    Ooooo! I’ve been contemplating buying this book!

  14. This is a gorgeous book. A true gift for building traditions.

  15. I’d love this book. Looks wonderful!

  16. Wow, that looks like one of those amazing books that burrows into a persons heart and leaves him/her changed.

  17. Charlotte says:

    I have heard great things about this book, would love a copy.

  18. Would love to have the book for our family!

  19. I would love to win this for our family!!!

  20. I would love to win this & use it with my family.

  21. She is truly a gifted writer. I have the adult version she wrote last year but would absolutely love to have this for my family!

  22. shayne garrett says:

    Would love to have this to share with Gina.

  23. Tara Inman says:

    Sounds like a must have, regardless of whether or not I win!

  24. I would thoroughly enjoy this book. #hailstate ;)

  25. I am the same about traditions – can’t seem to stick with one. But I love Ann Voskamp’s heart for the Lord, and this might be the new thing that we could stick with for the season. Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. Oh, Sophie, I DO love creating traditions with my grandchildren. I would really like to have this beautiful book.

  27. I read about this book on Melanie’s blog today too! If you both recommend it, it must be good! Thanks for an opportunity to win!

  28. What a great giveaway! :-) love ya, Boo Mama!

  29. Camille Lozito says:

    This looks like a beautiful way to celebrate Advent!

  30. Ann Megill says:

    i would love to win this wonderful book.

  31. Would love to win a copy of this! Thanks so much for the chance to own one.

  32. Kathleen G says:

    Thank you Boomama!

  33. Kimberly H says:

    I would love to win!

  34. Heather D says:

    Beautiful way to remember why we are celebrating! I would love to win!

  35. I’ve heard so many good things about it already!

  36. I’ll thank you in advance for gifting me with this fine book! And have a very Merry Christmas!

  37. Sarah Rollinson says:

    I’ve been hearing nothing but loveliness about this book. Thanks for offering the drawing!

  38. I would love this book! Merry Christmas!

  39. What a thoughtful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity.

  40. Come on!!! Pick me!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity. Love your blog and book!

  41. You are such a builder of people, Sophie. You make Twitter a place we can’t wait to visit to read your weighty witty thoughts. Love your huge heart for Him and all of us! Bev

  42. i would love this for my grandbabies!

  43. Do I get extra luck because it’s my birthday? :)
    Thank you for this review. I was worried it would be too babyish for my 11-year-old, but it looks so pretty I hated to pass it up. Now if I don’t win it, I know it is still worth it. Thank you and a blessed Advent to you and your family.

  44. I would love to have this book to read to my grandchildren!

  45. Love that you are giving this away! Thanks so much!

  46. I love Ann Voskamp and would be THRILLED to win this book!!!

  47. This is the third time I have read about this book just today! Seems like something really special I would love to have!

  48. Would love to win a copy to give to my pastor, who has two girls, 13&11.

  49. Danielle G. says:

    My husband and I would love this! We’re trying to create new Christmas traditions, and this would be perfect.

  50. Krista Morland says:

    We are always looking for more ways to remind our littles that Christmas is about Jesus! This would be perfect! Thank you!

  51. Ellery Platt says:

    I have two little ones that I’d love to make this beautiful book a holiday tradition with. Thank you for this giveaway Sophie.

  52. Amy Baker says:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Merry CHRISTmas!!!

  53. Tina Thunell says:

    sounds like something I need

  54. Audrey Miller says:

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Oh, yes please! Love this!

  56. What a blessing this book would be!

  57. What a perfect Christmas gift!

  58. Tabitha Myers says:

    I’d love a copy of this book to share with my family. Pleas, please, please choose me!

  59. Molly Forrest says:

    I’d like to be blessed to pieces!

  60. Anotherlisa says:

    Thank you for spreading the word about this lovely aid to family worship.
    Did you hear it mentioned on the today show?
    I’d love to win, as my closest sellers are sold out. Such a happy problem, spreading His love this season.

  61. Jennifer Davis says:

    It looks wonderful, thanks for the chance to win one!

  62. I have been eyeing this book and would looove to have it become a tradition for our family!

  63. Ann Clifton says:

    Would love a copy! Always enjoy her work and yours!

  64. Susan Thibault says:

    I was looking at this book today on amazon after seeing it on Ann’s blog. It looks beautiful. I’d love to have a copy :)

  65. Eryn Lynn Fisher says:

    Hope it’s not too late!! I’d love to read this book!

  66. what a great tradition!

  67. This would be great for our family Bible time during this Christmas season.

  68. It looks like a lovely book! What a neat tradition it would be to use this book every year!

  69. I was just getting ready to buy this lovely, little book.

  70. This sounds fantastic – simple, yet meaningful!

  71. Looks like a wonderful book to share with loved ones!

  72. Amber Link says:

    I would so love to win this book, wonderful post! I really want a meaningful Advent activity for our family.

  73. I would love to have this book!

  74. Julie Terry says:

    Wonderful thought, would love to read and share!

  75. Would,so,love to have this book, but didn’t feel,I could afford at this time. I was introduced to her books by my cousin in Texas when she and her friends were doing bible study of One Thousand Gifts, and so loved it. Sent the link to my granddaughter for this advent ornaments but don’t know if she got them or not.
    Enjoy reading her daily thoughts and scriptures.

  76. Lauren H. says:

    What a beautiful book! I would love to start this tradition with my boys!

  77. Our small group was just talking tonight about activities for families for Advent, and someone mentioned this book. I’m glad to hear such a great review!

  78. We are trying to incorporate more activities related to Advent in our Christmas traditions. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  79. Amy in Italy says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  80. Christy Gimmestad says:

    I’d love to go through this book with my family!

  81. Anne Sides says:

    this book looks wonderful!

  82. This looks lovely! Win or not, I think we’re going to have to acquire a copy.

  83. What a kind thing to do! Thanks for sharing.

  84. Gena Larson says:

    Thank you; I’ve heard such lovely things about that book. Merry Christmas!

  85. Carma Ward says:

    This book sounds perfect to remind us of the REAL meaning of Christmas.

  86. Ive always wanted to do a Jesse tree. My kids would love reading this book together!

  87. Martha J. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  88. love this! thanks for sharing!!

  89. i would love this for my grandchildren. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  90. Lauren Pittman says:

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! Would love this for my family

  91. This is the second time today this book has been recommended to me. I would so love to win! Thank you for sharing!

  92. This is a great idea! I would love to do this with my family. :)

  93. Would love this book for my family!

  94. Becky Groves says:

    Thanks for sharing! We would love to win!

  95. Debbie Rutledge says:

    The book looks beautiful. I’m going to look for it in our Christian bookstore–because I never win anything!

  96. Teresa Baker says:

    i have heard wonderful things about this book. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win one! Have a blessed day!

  97. This would be a great tradition to begin with my family.

  98. Would love this!

  99. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  100. Shea patrick says:

    looks great!