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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Comments

  1. I bought this book for my daughter’s family. I would love to give one as a gift to a sweet family.
    Thanks for the chance.

  2. Hayley Farnsworth says:

    I’ve been eyeing this! Looks so good!

  3. Would love the opportunity to win!

  4. Lauren wagoner says:

    Ibeautiful book! Wonderful tradition!

  5. I would so love this book….her writing is so beautiful!

  6. Mabe Jackson says:

    God bless Ann Voskamp, and you. Would love a copy.

  7. Emma ball says:

    Pick me!

  8. Sounds lovely. I love Ann V’s work.

  9. I would LOVE this book!

  10. I’d love to read this to our little boy. Thanks!!

  11. Kelly Brand says:

    Would love tp start this tradition with my girls!

  12. Cindy Schmidt says:

    Would love to win to start this tradition with my 3 year old!

  13. Abatha Boyle says:

    Fun giveaway!

  14. I’d love to read it!

  15. I’m not sure why I didn’t buy this weeks ago, but I did manage to start a Jesse tree and do a little devotion time starting yesterday. A couple of days late,but I know that He doesn’t mind!

  16. This is on my personal wish list!

  17. Would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

  18. i keep seeing things about this book, and I think it’d be perfect to start with our girls. I know they’re still young, but I’m all about finding new traditions to do with them. This would be awesome!

  19. Olivia Sedlock says:

    Would love this book!

  20. Looks like a gorgeous book!

  21. Thanks, Sophie! What a wonderful new tradition!

  22. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book!

  23. My family could use this book

  24. Would love one. It’s been on my list!

  25. We do a Jessee Tree and I would love to add this to our tradition!

  26. The book looks great!

  27. Would love the opportunity to share this book with my family.

  28. Looks like a great way to remember why we’re celebrating. Merry Christmas Boo Mama.

  29. I’ve heard such great things about this book!

  30. Brenda Austin says:

    Love Ann’s books – have read about this one but do not have it yet. Would love a copy to read to my grandchildren.

  31. Would love a copy. Thanks for sharing.

  32. We dont have children yet, so I don’t think my husband would understand if I bought a copy, but I would love to go through this with him!

  33. I have heard so much about this book; I’d love to win one for our family!

  34. Robin in New Jersey says:

    This book looks beautiful. We did her devotionals a couple years ago for advent.

  35. I would love to gift this to my wonderful nephew and his darling wife. He was just baptized last month at age 35 and they just had another beautiful baby girl!

  36. It would be great to share this with my girls. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Thank you!

  38. I would love to have this book! Merry Christmas to all!

  39. Me!! Pick me!!!

  40. Cyndie (Nana) says:

    So sweet, I would love to give this to my kids for my grand kids. Thank you.

  41. Ann in Maryland says:

    Looks like a sweet and beautiful book.

  42. Kristina in GA says:

    *throws name in hat* I would love a copy of this! :)

  43. I’ve been looking for an advent devotional. This one looks great!

  44. I would love to have that book!

  45. It sounds like a wonderful book. Something very special to enjoy with my grandchildren!

  46. A great family tradition!

  47. Would love a copy of this!!!

  48. i would love to win! Looks wonderful!

  49. Looks like a wonderful book!

  50. Rene' Pingel says:

    If I don’t win, I’m going out and buying it. Looks great!

  51. April Anstey says:

    What a great addition this book would make to so many families. Thank you for the opportunity to win one! Merry Christmas!

  52. I’m a huge Ann fan, but a bigger Jesus fan. I’ve love her blog and loved her other books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. Lisa Bingham says:

    Looks wonderful! I would love to share it with our 4 kiddos! Thank you for your generosity!

  54. Aunt Nancy says:

    I need this book.

  55. Would love to start this tradition with our little guy!

  56. Would love to win this book!

  57. What a wonderful give-away! Thank you for your generosity!

  58. This sounds really good!

  59. I would love to have this book for my family. Ann is coming to a ladies conference in my city in Jan. I can’t wait to hear her speak! Merry Christmas!

  60. Yes, I would love to win this book. :-) Thanks for the opportunity.

  61. I had already wish-listed this book to be one of my after Christmas purchases to get started next year – this year Christmas came earlier than ever and I am not ready! If I win, I promise to GET READY fast. I need a reminder that it’s not about the decorations and food but about the *heart* being ready. We live in a super entitled wealthy area, and I am always looking for ways to remind my kids that we might not be as rich as the neighbors but we are so, so rich.

  62. I would love to win. Looks like a great book.

  63. Wendy Munsell says:

    I need this book…for about four different sets of grandchildren! Thank-you for the generous give-a-way!

  64. Jenessa S. says:

    This sounds like a wonderful Christmas tradition to start!

  65. Kim Johnson says:

    I love anything Ann writes- would love to own this!

    Merry Christmas!
    Kim J

  66. Kim Cottam says:

    I would love to share this book with my son!

  67. Kristin Wilson says:

    I can’t imagine it being anything less than wonderful!

  68. Beautiful!!!

  69. Sallie Baker says:

    Love anything Ann does. . . would love it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  70. Thanks for sharing this great idea! We would love to win!

  71. I would love this as an inspiration for myself and my family during this season of life. Satan is trying hard to interfere with my dream of writing but I know to whom I belong and I’ve read the end of the story!

  72. Jessica M says:

    What a treasured part of our holiday season this would be

  73. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book…………..I would LOVE to have it!!! And Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  74. I’ve been meaning to buy this…I clearly need some help in the Advent department. Every year I put the Advent wreath on the kitchen table, complete with 3 purple candles and one pink candle, and my kids say, “why is there one pink candle?” And every year I say, “I can’t remember? It’s the shepherd candle I think?” Anyway, even if Ann’s book doesn’t explain the pink candle, it would help us keep our focus where it needs to be this month!

  75. what a beautiful book!

  76. I would love to have this book to share with my family!

  77. Thank you for this giveaway, Sophie! I’d love to start this tradition with my daughter!

  78. Christina Burrell says:

    I would love to win this for my children!

  79. This book looks like a wonderful tradition to start with a 6 year old boy!

  80. This “supermom” could really use some help! What a beautiful gift!

  81. My dad’s wife would love this book!

  82. Cassandra says:

    What a great endorsement! Makes the book sound perfect for this time of year.

  83. Sophie, you made ME teary eyed hearing that YOU were teary eyed! I would love to have this book. I bought Ann’s Advent book last year but CAN’T FIND IT to read this year!

    You bless me every time I get a post from you.

    Merry Christmas!

  84. Plain and simple…Must Have!

  85. Would love this book! I wish I would have picked it up yesterday when I was out.

  86. DeLinda H says:

    Would love to have this book!

  87. I have heard so many good things about this book! Please pick me!!! :-)

  88. Heather Apgar says:

    I would love a copy of this book! My family celebrated advent when I was a kid, and I really want to be more intentional about doing it with my kids– I hear you on the not so much the same every year thing!

  89. I would be thrilled to win this book!

  90. This book is actually on my Christmas list! I think it would be a treasured part of our Advent!

  91. I would love this book!

  92. *Please* pick me (I figured if I used my manners I would have a better chance. :)

  93. Oh yes I would love to win. We love our Jesse Tree tradition.

  94. Oh, this would be so wonderful for my Grans. I’m always on the look out for ways that stress the real meaning of Christmas. Happy Wednesday!

  95. I saw this book the other day and was very interested. I’m a little worried about trying to read it if it made you teary. I’m a crier when it comes to that kind of stuff too! :)

  96. Such a lovely thing to do, and a beautiful book.

  97. I’d LOVE to win, looks beautiful!

  98. Ashley Moshell says:

    I’m so excited about this one too! Would love to have a copy!

  99. YES, Please :) Merry Christmas and Go Dawgs to you and yours!

  100. Looks great–would love to win!