If we’ve had Prime Day, it must be Christmas

Last week Amazon hosted two Prime Days. Walmart and Target have launched Black Friday–like events. 

Christmas shopping is going to be weird this year, folks. 

Many stores are reversing a decades-long trend and choosing to be closed on Thanksgiving Day. (Yay!) Traditional Black Friday super sales will be curtailed because of the fear of COVID crowds. Retailers are concerned about supply chains and being able to have the items customers want in stock when they want them. Shippers from the post office to UPS to Amazon are concerned about timely delivery. 

The message is clear: Shop early.

So in a moment of blatant self-promotion, I’m going to offer a way to start: 

My new family Christmas picture book, The 29¢ Baby Jesusis available for sale. You can order it only through my website, and I’ll ship it directly to your home. You can read more about it on my website page (including info on the fun 29¢ hidden within the pictures). You and the children in your family circle will enjoy the fun illustrations from Theresa Simo, all based on the real figurines that inspired the story. (I still have the actual creche and figurines, including the 29¢ stamp, but the story is pure fiction.) 

You can watch me read the first few pages: 

As always, I also want to encourage you to shop fair trade for Christmas and to consider alternative gifts, like those offered through Gifts That Give Hope.

Christmas is meant to honor Jesus (as Sarah in The 29¢ Baby Jesus tries so hard to do). Let’s think about how what we give and how we shop reflects him best.

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