It is Card Playing Day! With the children out of school, here is a chance to teach them some card games. I am sure the adults can think of some fun card games to play as well (without children)! The year is coming to end. 2015 went by so quickly. I really, really hope 2016 will be a better year for our family. What are you looking forward to in 2016? Any resolutions for the New Year?
The 12 Brides of Christmas (various authors) is a delightful collection of twelve, historical Christian stories written by well-known Christian authors. All of them take place in the late 1800s and revolve around Christmas (and Christmas items like the tree, star, advent, nutcrackers). Each story is set in a different place (Lone Tree, Kansas, Oregon Trail in Wyoming). I enjoyed these heartwarming Christmas stories. They are well-written and easy to read. Once you start reading them you will not want to stop. They are not preachy or overly religious. They all just have a nice, light Christian tone (so they can be read by younger readers as well). I give The 12 Brides of Christmas 4 out of 5 stars. I will be looking for more works by the authors in this book. If you enjoy reading historical romance books, then you will like this collection.
Some of the authors in The 12 Brides of Christmas are Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amy Lillard, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Amanda Cabot, and Mary Connealy. Each of the stories in this collection can be purchased separately (but you get a better deal by purchasing them all together in one book). I received a complimentary copy of The 12 Brides of Christmas from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am currently reading When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer (it is wonderful). I am off to cook dinner and then relax. I am taking it easy after all the bustle of getting ready for Christmas.
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Here is a picture of our big Christmas tree. I had my daughter forward me a picture from her phone (ignore the mess from our presents). This room is our new study (a work in progress). It was formerly my bedroom and you can see parts of my Raggedy Ann collection.