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. I just gave away my copy of her Advent devotional book I got last year. I could use a replacement. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This looks like a beautiful book and a tradition I would love to begin with my kiddos.

  3. Would really enjoy this!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I would love this book.

  5. I think this looks like a great book.

  6. Would love this book! It will be a great tradition as my kids get older!

  7. I would love this! I am currently experiencing guilty mom feelings for doing nothing so far, this could probably redeem me.

  8. Lanisa Fiztgerald says:

    I would love to start doing this book with my 5 year old!

  9. I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book! I’d love to win one!

  10. Kelly Joyner says:

    I’ve been looking for a new devotional about Advent as my kids are older now. I’d love to win this!

  11. Thank you for this chance, I have been wanting this book!

  12. Ashley Whisenant says:

    Would love a copy!

  13. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  14. Heidi Foster says:

    I’d love to have this book, it looks inspiring!

  15. Tena Funderburk says:

    Sounds like a wonderful new tradition!

  16. I would love this for my little family. Thanks for the giveaway. It’s mighty nice of you.

  17. I love Ann! What a wonderful writer she is! Sophie, I always enjoy your writing and you so often make me laugh!!

  18. Jane Allison says:

    Looking forward to reading this book and sharing with my family.

  19. Would love to win it, it looks beautiful!

  20. Deana Lewis says:

    I would love to have this book!

  21. Brittney Maxwell says:

    Would love a copy of his book.
    Thank you.

  22. Would love to have this book!!

  23. Andrea Whitley says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about this book and I would be DELIGHTED to start this tradition in my home (because like you…I’m not super-mom)

  24. Oh, how I’d like to give this to a family I know. They’ve adopted 8 children. Some are struggling, so I’d like to give them a few happy minutes with The Lord each day.

    Thanks, Sophie!

  25. The book looks beautiful. Thanks for the give away and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  26. Erin Moore says:

    I would love a copy!

  27. Rhonda Rhoades says:

    What a beautiful way to keep kids and grandkids in the WORD and focused on Jesus!

  28. I’ve seen this and it looks wonderful.

  29. Would love this book to share with my kids.

  30. Yes! I want one!

  31. Yolanda McLean says:

    Yes, Please!!! I have an 11 year old boy and this sounds great.

  32. I think I would enjoy reading this with my girls. What a nice giveaway!

  33. I love the looks of this book.

  34. I love and treasure her book and ornaments from last Christmas and would be ecstatic to receive this children’s/family version!!!

  35. Julie in Michigan says:

    My husband and I could really use this at this time.

  36. Pick me!! It sounds like a great book.

  37. Thanks for sharing. It sounds wonderful!

  38. I just heard about this book and look forward to starting to read it as a family!

  39. My family would love this book.

  40. Would love to have this book! Thanks for the give-away…

  41. Rachel Forrest says:

    I’d love to win!

  42. Would love to have this- Anne is so wonderful!

  43. I love Ann Voskamp! I have been observing Advent for the past few years. Adds so much depth to the Christmas season.

  44. Patricia Gonzalez-Beavers says:

    Would love a copy of this book to share with family!

  45. Love the idea of doing a family advent reading!

  46. Georgeanne says:

    I would love to have this book! I wish I’d had it when my children were small. :) Merry Christmas!

  47. What a beautiful book Sophie! Thanks for sharing!

  48. That looks like a wonderful way to start a tradition!

  49. Pam in New Orleans says:

    Have had my eyes and heart set on this book for the last few days….winning it would be a real blessing! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    Pam in New Orleans

  50. I Love Ann Voskamp!

  51. Marsha W. says:

    i’ve seen several people talking online about how wonderful this book is. I’d love to win a copy.

  52. CourtneyinFL says:

    This sounds like a wonderful addition to our Christmas traditions.

  53. I’ve been meaning to buy the book, but haven’t.

  54. You are simply the cutest! Thank you for offering the giveaway. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  55. Ginger Summerlin says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I enjoy your blog very much.

  56. Would love to win but will buy it if not. My kids are grown and no grandkids yet but I would love to give it to my “couldn’t love them more if they were mine” grandkids.

  57. This book looks delightful!

  58. Shannon K. says:

    It’s a beautiful book! My kids are teenagers, but I would like to do this with them.

  59. I was planning on ordering this for my daughter and her family, maybe I’ll win one instead. Thanks, Sophie!

  60. I’ve heard so many great things about this book. Would love a copy.

  61. I’m so intrigued! Love that A was riveted to the words. Maybe there’s hope for my attention sp… squirrel! And since i can’t ever enter my own blog giveaways…

  62. I was just telling my husband I would love to start this tradition with our kids!

  63. I would LOVE to have one of these books:)

  64. Susan Dobbs says:

    I was looking for this book yesterday at The Family Christian Store and they were sold out. Would love to win one here!! Thanks!!

  65. I would love this book. I am not very good at making traditions for me kiddos either.

  66. Marian Baldock says:

    Would love to win. Just looked on Amazon and they are sold out. Hope you are healing. I had an unexpected medical issue today….no time for this.

  67. Sounds like a wonderful book and new tradition!

  68. Oh, lovely. Thank you for the opportunity!

  69. We would love to add this to our Advent tradition.

  70. This book sounds wonderful and a beautiful new family tradition just waiting to be born!

  71. I would love to use this to start a new tradition with our two year old and 7 month old. Beautiful book!

  72. I worked through the adult study last year and it was so deeply meaningful to me. Ann’s writing is like poetry, just beautiful.

  73. Great give-a-way!!

  74. Would love this to read with my 3 year old son!

  75. Ann Voskamp is one of my favorite writers. This Advent book sounds amazing.

  76. Sounds like a beautiful book and would love to use it to create a meaningful tradition with my husband and 3 boys.

  77. oh!!! I would be thrilled to win a copy!!

  78. I’m seeing this book everywhere this season!

  79. I would love to have a copy of this book.

  80. It looks like a beautiful book!

  81. My family would love this! Such a beautiful way to keep Jesus in Christmas!! Thank you.

  82. Love this idea! What a beautiful book to have for the holidays!!

  83. Amy Brown says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! I keep seeing it on other people’s blogs but haven’t had a chance to get out and get one yet!

  84. I would love to win this book. I was just looking at it on Amazon, but couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger.

  85. Would love to have this book to go through with my 3 year old!!

  86. Angie Pace says:

    Pick me, pick me! ☺️ We are “adventing” for the very first time & what a help this book would be! Blessings!

  87. Thank you, Sophie! Merry Christmas! May whomever receives these books be blessed.

  88. I would love to share this book with out 11 year old.

  89. Callie R. says:

    I love special ways to spend time with my family sharing the reason for the season.

  90. Would love to have this book to share with my family!

  91. Thanks! Love this.

  92. Melanie Ward says:

    Beautiful book…..
    Would love this to celebrate advent with my grandchild!

  93. I’m the same way. I desperately want my girls to have some traditions but then I wake up and it’s January again. So, I would love this book!

  94. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book to read with my eight year old daughter. With all of the ‘commercialization’ of Christmas, I feel like this book would provide what we need to keep us focused on HIM this season. Thanks!

  95. Kim Clark says:

    Love it!

  96. I, too, am traditionally challenged and would welcome the opportunity to try this out with my husband and child.

  97. I would love a copy. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book.

  98. Karen Melvin says:

    I would like to win.

  99. Cari Platt says:

    Love advent each year. Thank you.

  100. Sounds great! I’m in! Hope your foot is better than it was in Monroe!