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. Celeste Conner says:

    I cheered for State this year.

  2. Leeanna H says:

    This looks like a wonderful book! I would love to start this tradition with my family!

  3. Janice Harrigill says:

    I think this is a great idea! thank you for the opportunity to get a chance to receive it! Pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas season! I enjoy reading your Blog so much!

  4. How I love THE GREATEST GIFT, both OUR LORD and Ann’s writing about His coming. Thank you, Sophie, for sharing this GOOD NEWS!

  5. Yes!!

  6. I would love to start a new tradition for our family this year!

  7. Using the “grown up” version right now, but would love to have this one to give to my nieces.

  8. Erin in CO says:

    Wow! What a great giveaway! Thank you.

  9. We would love this – we are piecing together other Advent activities. This would keep me focused!

  10. Sounds like a great way to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

  11. I have heard great things about this book and its impact on families. Thanks for paying it forward!

  12. I would so love to win this book!!!!

  13. The books looks so beautiful! I’d love to win a copy for my family!

  14. Stephanie G says:

    This book looks amazing! I would love a copy for my family.

  15. I would love to win! I am pregnant with our first child, and this would be a great family tradition to start! :-)

  16. Amy byman says:

    we are bringing our baby girl home from China on the 24th. What a wonderful thing to look forward to next year.

  17. It sounds like jus what we need.

  18. Renee Wheeler says:

    Would love it. Thank you for thinking of us.

  19. Katie in VA says:

    I would love this for my sister and her family.

  20. Mary Beth says:

    I would love to win this so I could give it to my daughter, son-in-law and grandson to celebrate the wonder of the Gift!

  21. Jennifer S says:

    I would LOVE a copy of this book!

  22. What a beautiful tradition. Have a blessed Christmas!

  23. Courtney Chamblee says:

    This is on my list to buy for my girls!!

  24. What a great giveaway! Such a beautiful book!

  25. Looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  26. I would love to start this tradition with my family!

  27. While I doubt that the cats or the dog would appreciate me reading this to them, I know a family or three that would really enjoy it. Thank you for the opportunity to obtain it.

  28. This is a beautiful book

  29. We love it too, and I have been wanting to give a copy to a sister-in-law!

  30. I’d love to win! I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book! Thanks for being so generous!

  31. Jennifer P. says:

    Oh, I would LOVE to have this. It’s just me and my husband right now, and I really want to start these traditions BEFORE we have kids :)

  32. I have a one year old and we’re looking for traditions to start with our family. This book would be an excellent addition!

  33. denise vick says:

    would love to win this book!

  34. would love to share this book with our 5 kids!

  35. Between both yours and Melanie’s recommendations, I can’t WAIT to try this! :)

  36. Janet Dowdy says:

    I would love this to give to my grandchildren. A beautiful book.

  37. debbie a from texas says:

    I would share this book with my daughter and her family, an awesome Christmas tradition. Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

  38. I would love to have this!

  39. My kids even at 22 and 24 still love our traditions but this would be a great addition for their adult selves!!Love your blog. thanks.

  40. I’ve heard so much about this book! It sounds fabulous!

  41. Melanie Yates says:

    I would love to win this book! I have been wanting to do an advent devotion with our family and I think this would be perfect!!!

  42. This book looks lovely and also looks like something I would adore working my way through.

  43. Julie Reynolds says:

    oh Sophie, what a great idea!!! Thank you!

  44. Kathy C Kennedy says:

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  45. Oh, I’d love to have this. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.

  46. Lindsey darby says:

    Would love to win this! A few years ago some friends all got together and we made the ornaments that went along with the advent calendar she had put together. Such a fun night to do something that is so special each year!

  47. Would love to win one of these books – thanks for opportunity!

  48. This looks like a great way to involve all three of our girls (wide age range, here) in an Advent tradition. Thanks!

  49. I do know that even if I don’t win this drawing I am buying a copy of this book. It looks wonderful.

  50. Thanks for a giveaway Boomama! Would love to win!

  51. This Sounds like a perfect book for advent!

  52. Sherry Lee says:

    I have been reading reviews, and this sounds like a wonderful New tradition for any family. Thank you for sharing.

  53. I’ve heard so much great stuff about this book!

  54. How kind of you to give away these books! I would love a copy.

  55. Thank you!

  56. Would love to start a new tradition for my family with this!

  57. I would love to have a copy!!

  58. Advent is a wonderful season, would love to enrich ours with this lovely book. Thanks for doing this!

  59. Molly Smith says:

    Sounds like a neat book. :)

  60. I love her writing and this book sounds great.

  61. I would love this for my kids!

  62. I think this book would make great a great present to a young family! We have so many other traditions that take time like elf on a shelf. What a great reason for the season tradition!

  63. I think this would be a blessing! Thank you for offering it–love reading your blog.

  64. Sounds like Alex is enjoying the book as much as you are. Would love to read it.

    Hugs from Minnesota,

  65. Oh I would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Stephanie says:

    Love your blog! Would love this book to use with my family

  67. Sounds like a lovely book, Sophie. Thanks!

  68. I would love to have something like this to share with my daughter!

  69. Stephanie Anderson says:

    I love the Advent season!

  70. What a treasure! Thanks for the opportunity!

  71. i would love to start this tradition with my family!

  72. We would love to have this!

  73. Sounds awesome!

  74. I would LOVE this book!!!

  75. I would love a copy!

  76. Renee Sweeny says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful resource!! I have such a hard time pulling off traditions in our family, although I greatly desire to give them to my family of 5! I am so THANKFUL Anne Voskamp has given the world a great advent book, because frankly, there are not too many that I have found to keep us really consistent due to the kids interest! Thanks for being a light in the world!

  77. I love this book! I would love to win one to give as a gift!

  78. Looks like a wonderful book! Hope your foot is getting better!

  79. Me! Me! Pick me!…..oh, wait, that was the PostTeacherStressDisorder taking over… :) I would love to receive this book for my classroom. Thank you for the opportunity….Many Christmas blessings to your sweet family!

  80. Emily Bolinsky says:

    I would LOVE to win one of these!

  81. I would love to win this book!

  82. Would love to have this to read to our 4 kids!

  83. I would love to win this book!

  84. I would love this.

  85. Would love to win this book!

  86. I would love to win this!

  87. sheespatti says:

    I’ve read and heard so many good reviews about this book. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the give-a-way! :)

  88. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It looks. Perfect for my grandsons.

  89. Oh, I’ve been meaning to get this next time I’m in town (I always think I sound just like Laura Ingalls Wilder when I say I’m going to town). Anyway, winning one would be such a blessing!

  90. Would love to win this book and give it to my little brother!

  91. Susan Stanley says:

    Love your Blog! I would love to have the book!

  92. I have seen so many people doing this book this year. We’re doing Truth In the Tinsel this year, but would love to try this next year!

  93. I appreciate Anns wise words so much – I’d love her book!

  94. This would make a perfect gift!!!

  95. I would love to have this book for our family!

  96. What a beautiful book! It would be so nice to win.

  97. Advent Blessings to you Sophie!

  98. Janis Stufflebean says:

    Would love to share this book with my daughter!

  99. Want to know a secret? I have this book, and we read the first day and ALREADY forgot to do the second day!! oops.

    However, I love it. And would love to give one to a friend :-)

  100. We’d love to be up for this! I’ve had my eye on it this week! Thank you!