Christmas Blessings (and a Christmas Book Giveaway)

CHristmas gift Suggestions

This may be the last Christmas in our big old yellow house. I’m pulling out all the decorating stops!

Cliff and I lugged down a boatload of boxes from the attic. Angels, Santas, bells, Christmas houses, reindeer, sheep, and camels are prancing about. The empty tree stretches high toward the ceiling, and a gazillion ornaments are calling, “Me! Me! Me!” The decorating, yet to be finished, is making my world feel chaotic.

So when I picked up Christmas Blessings: Prayers and Poems to Celebrate the Season,  June Cotner’s lovely new volume, I was touched by the book’s sweet small size, and most of all, by its shortest selections.These poems speak to the simple yet important thoughts of Christmas. They calm me!

December Birdsong

Christina Rosetti


Thanks to June and her publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, one Friend for the Ride reader will win a copy of Christmas Blessings. Please enter your name by December 12, and I’ll select a winner using random integer generator.


Christmas Blessings makes a perfect gift. Here’s the Amazon link.

June Cotner is the author of  34 engaging and insightful books and products bringing “A World of Inspiration!” She’s sold over one million copies of her works. Follow June on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Check out June’s website at and her author page on

I’m pleased my poem, “The Year the Christmas Tree Fell Over,” is included in Christmas Blessings. (The poem was also printed in an earlier version of the book.) I’ve got a short holiday toast in Christmas Blessings too.

Check out June’s post on Friend for the Ride about hiking with her rescue dog, Indy.