Friday, December 20, 2013

Spread the Christmas Joy with Emily Ann Benedict and Giveaway | Day 20

Joy from Emily Ann Benedict

Though my family has many crazy traditions, from multiple trees to shortbread mania, I still think my favorite Christmas memories revolves around our lights. My mother decided if we were going to celebrate Jesus' birthday, we needed to get serious about it. So, we got together every light we could find and tackled the house. Lights, after all, became a part of Christmas to symbolize the coming of the "Light of the world."

We covered as much of the landscape and house as we could, including the roof line. For many years we were "that house" in the neighborhood, lighting up the entire block during the month of December. But the best part for me was how it brought people together. Neighbors we rarely got to talk to would come out to watch us put them up and end up talking with us for hours. People we'd never met would stop as they walked by to talk. Then it would start to get dark and cars would slow down as they passed by. It took some time and some effort, but how could we ever say it wasn't worth it?
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Emily Ann Benedict specializes in mystery and comedic novels with a healthy dose of Hope mixed in. Sharing the power of reading, the art of writing, and the love of God with all generations is her passion. When she is not writing, you'll probably find her near a Starbucks somewhere in California with a Dalmatian by her side and a Kindle in hand.
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**Giveaway rules: To enter, comment on each the post (or posts) in the month of December that offer giveaway items you wish to win. One entry per person per giveaway item is permitted. All winners will be drawn in January (after the holiday craziness) and will be notified shortly thereafter.