Blog Tour for the Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour LogoIn preparation for the official launch of the Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas paperback on Thursday, May 29th, many of the 12 authors are participating in a blog tour. I invite you to come along as we get to know other authors who participated in the collection. Here is the blog tour schedule, along with links to the authors’ blogs:

Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour

May 19 – Ruth L. Snyder at http://ruthlsnyder.com/

May 20 – Anne Baxter Campbell at http://pewperspective.blogspot.com/

May 21 – Marcia Lee Laycock at www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca

May 22 – Mishael Witty at http://bluebrownbooks.com/

May 23 – Christine Lindsay at www.christinelindsay.com/

May 24 – Sheila Seiler Lagrand at http://sheilalagrand.com/

May 26 – Jessica Ferguson at http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com

May 27 – Kathy Bruins at  http://www.kathybruins.com/writing-speaking-and-other-interests/

May 28 – Peg Phifer at http://www.whispersinpurple.com

May 29 – Jeanette Hanscome at http://jeanettehanscome.com/

What Does Christmas mean to you?

What do you think of when you hear the word “Christmas”? Snow? Turkey? Family get-togethers? Gifts? Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? Decorations? Sleigh Rides? Church? Caroling?

Sometimes we don’t stop and think about what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in a different country, on a different continent. In Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, my main character, Cecile, is spending her first Christmas in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. There is no snow. In fact, the temperature is hovering in the high 30 degree range (Celsius). She is hot, and sweaty and dealing with bugs and poverty and corruption. There is no air conditioning. There is no turkey, or family to get together with, or decorations. Obviously, without snow, there are no sleigh rides, and many of the Christmas songs she grew up singing don’t fit. Well, maybe I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas does. Although the people she serves have strong beliefs, most of them don’t believe in Jesus Christ because they’ve never had the opportunity to hear about His birth, life and death. They have no Bibles. In fact, many of them don’t know how to read.

Here in North America, it’s easy to lose sight of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Often we get caught up in the commercialism of pretty wrapping paper, exquisite decorations, expensive gifts, and lavish meals. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. However, we need to remember who and why we’re celebrating. Jesus Christ, the God-man was born in a humble cattle shed and laid in a manger. He left the splendor of Heaven and laid aside His rights to take on the form of a servant. He walked this earth, ministered to people, and lived a sinless life. Then, He chose to walk the road to Calvary where He willingly gave His life as the Lamb of God. He took my place and yours on the cross. He accepted our punishment so that we can have a personal relationship with God. Then He rose again. Some day He’s coming back to earth to gather all who believe in and follow Him so that we can spend eternity together in Heaven.

It’s my hope that Cecile’s Christmas Miracle will show you what it’s like to celebrate Christmas in a different country. It’s also my hope that you will remember people you know who are overseas, whether in the military, as missionaries, or for work. Make time to send them a care package, or schedule a Skype visit with them. Better yet, go visit them and take a “walk in their shoes”. The first Christmas was about giving. Will you follow in Jesus’ footsteps and give what you can to make the lives of others better?

Enter a comment below for your chance to win a free paperback copy of the Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas. I will be making the draw on Thursday, May 29th and will announce the winner on my Facebook Author Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRuthL.Snyder. NOTE: You must be 18 years or older to participate in the draw.

Comments

  1. Great blog, Ruth! Thanks!
    ~Anne

  2. Sheryl Barnes says:

    I wasn’t expecting a Christmas blog in May. What a delight and reminder. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book and for the challenge to think of those abroad during the Christmas season.

    • Sheryl,
      It’s kind of fun doing a Christmas blog at a different time of the year. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I’m happy to add your name to the draw. By the way, the temperature still isn’t warm enough to emulate Christmas in the Kalahari Desert, but it’s getting close.

  3. Milly Thomas says:

    Interesting concept! We don’t stop to think about Christmas being in the Summer below the equator! Sounds like a “fun” read!

    • Milly,
      You’re right. We tend to think of things from our context unless we’re given a reason to change. I’ve added your name to the draw 🙂

  4. Where I live” I think of Christmas with cold and snow, but it’s much more logical to think of Christmas in the desert atmosphere. After visiting Israel, I think differently about most all of the Biblical events. But mostly, I think of Christmas as a family and faith event, which could be anywhere for me!!

    • Ronna,
      Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree, if Christmas is about faith and family, it doesn’t matter where we celebrate 🙂 A visit to Israel is on my bucket list! I’ve added your name to the draw.

  5. Jackie Tessnair says:

    Thanks for sharing.This made me do some thinking and my thought is,we should treat every day of the year as Christmas.We should celebrate in our heart what Christmas really is,we should give of our heart everyday,it doesn’t have to be material gifts,it could be a smile to someone who needs it,a hug,a hello,a call or visit to someone,and etc.We should not just celebrate Christmas one day of the year,but everyday.Thanks again for making me think about this and show me just what I need to do everyday.I would love to read this book.

    • Jackie,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. What great thoughts 🙂 I’m glad I spurred your thinking so that you could share with us. I’ve added your name to the draw 🙂

  6. writenow2014 says:

    I sure enjoyed your Christmas story, Ruth. I could use some of that desert heat to warm up again!

    • Lol 🙂 You and me both, but probably not every day! Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed my story. Your name has been entered in the draw.

  7. sheila webster says:

    Ruth – may your story reach beyond the borders of your hometown, may its word seeds drop into fertile soul soil and grow beyond the limited expression of words to blossom into something beautiful for the kingdom.

    Keep writing!

    Sheila
    Editor-in-Chief
    Fellowscript

    but mostly just a fellow word warrior…

  8. Melissa L. says:

    Your story sounds like the perfect one to settle down with in the middle of summer here in NC. I dislike how commercialized Christmas has become. We celebrate Jesus’s birth!

    • Melissa,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’ve added your name to the draw. Maybe you’ll get your wish for some summer reading 🙂

  9. Hi Ruth. I can’t even imagine living in a place like this, much less being in a place like that at Christmas time. I am really anxious to read your story to see what she does. I realize we can celebrate the birth of our Savior no matter where we are, but not ever having to be without family, it is hard to imagine. At least then our whole focus would be on what we were celebrating. I hate it has gotten so commercialized. I wish my family wouldn’t spend so much in gifts. Would be better to buy for the needy. But, tho they didn’t get much when growing up, didn’t teach them right enough on that point. I think the gifting should just be a small thing you know they will like or make a gift. After all, it doesn’t take a lot to let someone know you love them. BUT,love is what Christmas is all about. Love comes first from GOD. Would love to be your winner. Thanks for the chance. GOD bless you. Maxie

    • Maxine,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Living in a different country gives you a whole new appreciation for the gift God gave us at Christmas. I have entered your name in the draw 🙂

  10. Congratulations to Maxie Lloyd-Hamilton Anderson on winning the free copy of the Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas paperback. Thank you to everyone who participated 🙂

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