Don't you just love this time of year? I do. I love all the hustle and bustle, the parties and get-together with family and friends. I love the yummy food and the bright lights on cold winter mornings.
Most of all I love the spirit of giving. Christmas reminds us of our Christian values and reminds us to share our love and treasures.
So is everyone finished with all of their shopping? I know you have finished buying presents you had to mail out.
But what about your last minute purchases?
Let me propose some gift ideas for the last minute.
How about books or magazines? As writers, let's do our part in supporting our business.
My family and friends know they will be getting books and magazine subscriptions for Christmas (and any other occasion that pops up). So how about a trip to your local book store? They could use your support.
If you don't have time, there are always gift cards you can purchase online. Christianbooks.com has a before and after Christmas sale with savings up to 97%.
Barnes and Noble has some great offers including a whole section on stocking stuffers.
Books are great to buy for children. After all, learning to enjoy reading is important for our youth. They say that a child who is read to will learn to read with more success. So hop on down to the bookstore and buy a book for those special children in your life.
Magazine subscriptions are a great gift also. They are a gift that keeps on arriving all year long.
National Wildlife has some wonderful magazines for all ages. National Geographic has magazines for children also. The fun thing about magazines for children are all of the activities included.
Magazines are wonderful for adults also. National Geographic is one of my favorites. I also give family and friends Arizona Highways in hopes of luring them out west for a visit.
So I hope this has given you some great ideas for that last minute shopping. And you'll be supporting our publishing business while you are at it.
In the spirit of Christmas giving, I will be giving away FIVE gifts-- Seeker books or one of my children's books. Your choice. Check out the weekend edition for winners. Winners, be sure and respond to our email address and let us know your snail mail addie.
If you have given a book or magazine as a Christmas gift, let us know and you'll be included in the drawing.
Or if you have a great idea or site for a book or magazine share it with us. Provide the link also.
Be sure and take time to rest and reflect on the spirit of Christmas giving. Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and sit in front of a warm fire. I have a table filled with fresh fruit and yummy pastries so help yourself. Chocolate Velvet coffee is brewing.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.