This is the painting that my friend Jana Winters Parkin created for my Great Aunt and Uncle after they lost their daughter Susan. Jana doesn't know my Aunt Elsie and Uncle Keith, but she felt moved to do something for them because that's just the kind of person that she is. Her talent is enormous, no?
And this Christmas, Jana's illustrations are being shared in a beautiful book called What Think Ye of Christmas by Ester Rasband.
This book is an inspiring (achieved) effort to bring to life the spirituality of Christmas. The pages detail the meaning behind so much of what has become frivolous to us, almost unseen...the lights, a song, the trees...What Think Ye of Christmas rejoices in the small things of the advent season and then celebrates the fact that these small things are true symbols of the Christmas story coming to life--a star and a stable and redemption found.
Jana's illustrations throughout this book are nothing short of magical. Her water color paintings are a symbol of joy in themselves.
Would you like to see them? You can browse through Jana's website to do just that, or you can get your own copy for your family or for the perfect gift here. There is also a discount on Jana's website if you purchase more than 5 copies (they're only $9.95 each anyway, for this hardcover book!) (you can also get an extra 5% discount if you type CHARRETTE in the discount box at checkout.)
OR, maybe you'd like to win a free copy? I have an extra here for one of you, of course, and all you have to do is leave a comment to enter to win it.
Tell me, what is one of your favorite things about this season? Wrapping? Trimming? Baking? Carols?
This giveaway will remain open until 9pm (CST) on Tuesday December 14th and the winner will be announced the following day.
(Disclaimer: I did receive a free copy of What Think Ye of Christmas for myself as well as a free copy for one of you.)
P.S. Here are some things I love about Christmas:
This giveaway is now closed.