I have a guest today. Tamara Lynn Kraft, author of A Christmas Promise is visiting my blog today in one of her Christmas hop blog stops. She’ll be sharing a holiday post, and her book blurb. I have a post on her blog today, too, a Christmas sonnet I wrote for this year ‘s holiday season. I hope you’ll enjoy Tamara’s guest blog and hop on over to her blog at Word Sharpeners to read my Christmas sonnet.
So, without further ado, here is Tamara Lynn Kraft.
How to Get Ready for Christmas in One Week
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
Christmas is coming fast, and if you’re a wait til the last minute kind of gal, you might be feeling a little frantic right now. Have no fear. Here’s a handy little guide on how to prepare for Christmas in one week. It takes some work, but it can be done. This works better and is more fun if you have the entire family participate.
Wednesday: Clean the house and get it ready to decorate in the morning. In the evening, order all presents online. You may not be able to get the latest gadget that everybody is running out of by shopping online, but the peace of mind is worth it.
Friday: Now that the house is decorated, spend the day doing Christmas cards, planning menus, and making grocery lists. Use email cards if most of your list is online. Take a couple of hours off to watch your favorite Christmas movie or read a Christmas story like A Christmas Promise by Tamera Lynn Kraft. It’s a short novella and will only take a two to three hours to read.
Saturday: This is your shopping day. Since you’ve bought all your presents online, use this day to go to the grocery store and buy the things you need for baking and for Christmas dinner. You can also get any stocking-stuffers you need like batteries, candy canes, and chocolate. If you enjoy holiday decorations at the mall, this is the time to go. You’ll be able to enjoy it without having to stand in line for hours because your shopping is done.
Sunday: Go to church for the annual Christmas program. In the afternoon, watch a Christmas movie, go to a Christmas musical or play, or go to Christmas brunch at a restaurant with friends or family. Then, in the evening, drive around to see all the Christmas decorations. This should put you in the mood for Christmas.
Monday: This is your baking day. Have the family help and spend the day baking cookies, deserts, and holiday dishes you can prepare ahead of time.
Tuesday (Christmas Eve): Spend the morning wrapping the presents that should have arrived by now. Hide them or place them under the tree. Buy some donuts or pastry for everyone to eat while they’re opening up gifts tomorrow. In the evening do something special. Many churches are having Christmas Eve services. That would be a great way to celebrate the reason for the season. Read the Nativity Story from the Bible and A Night Before Christmas to the children before you tuck them into bed. Before you go to bed, set the table with your best linens and china.
Christmas Day: Get up early before the kids and fix a pot of hot chocolate and place the pastries or donuts on a Christmas tray in the livingroom. Enjoy knowing you have everything under control.
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
A Moravian Holiday Story, Circa 1773
During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape. When John is called away to help at another settlement two days before Christmas, he promises he’ll be back by Christmas Day.
When he doesn’t show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.
Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.
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TAMERA LYNN KRAFT has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.
Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com