It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Cactus for Christmas

Posted December 18, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, Karen Malley, romance / 8 Comments

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 3rd book: Cactus for Christmas

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only ONE WEEK away! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Cactus for Christmas by Karen Malley

Christmas Holiday Extravaganza

GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christmas)
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing

RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2023
PAGES: 114


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advent wreath tradition

by Karen Malley, author of Cactus for Christmas

When I was a child, each Sunday in Advent, my family would light a candle on our Advent wreath. We had a booklet we got from our church which contained a prayer, a Bible reading, and a song. We’d pray the prayer, read the scripture, light the candle, and sing a verse from O Come all ye Faithful. It was a meaningful time, but our dog was always confused by the strange sound of the humans singing, and he would howl along!

Fast forward a few years, and I moved out of the house to start a family of my own. I took the booklet with me, and now my family has the same tradition. The booklet itself isn’t in very good shape, but it’s still bringing my family together this time of year. We don’t have a dog to howl along, but we muddle through the hymn together. Our family is not particularly vocally gifted, but we all sing together and know that God loves to hear our voices because we’re singing for Him!

Christmas morning, we light the final candle, sing Joy to the World and read the Christmas story. It’s a wonderful tradition which helps us remember the true meaning of the season. I especially like reading the Bible before opening presents. Even when our boys were younger, they learned to put Jesus first. After all, it’s His birthday!

So, while I love many things about Christmas and we have several special traditions, lighting the Advent wreath holds a special place in my heart. It bridges my childhood home with my adult home, reminding me that even though life has changed in many ways, the One who never changes stays with me. Merry Christmas!

Karen Malley

Faith, Encouragement, and Happily-Ever-Afters.

Karen Malley is an author of Christian fiction. She lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. She works full time as a scientist, but enjoys writing in her spare time. When not writing (with her left hand), she enjoys camping, hiking, playing board games, and especially reading! She loves reading faith-based stories, because we can all use a happy ending.

Karen loves to hear from her readers. You can connect with her on her website.

Cactus for Christmas giveaway

Karen Malley is offering an ebook copy of Cactus for Christmas to one of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Cactus for Christmas by Karen Malley? Do you celebrate with an Advent wreath too?

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8 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Cactus for Christmas

  1. Janice Moore

    It is true that sometimes God throws us out of our comfort zone!
    Some years we have an advent wreath, but not every year.

  2. Sue Parrish

    This sounds like an interesting story. I do not personally have an Advent wreath, but there is one at my church and the candles are lit every Sunday of Advent.

  3. Kasi Walas

    I’m excited about the prospect of reading ‘Cactus for Christmas’ by Karen Malley because the title alone suggests a unique and possibly humorous twist on traditional Christmas stories. The idea of combining a Christmas theme with something as unconventional as a cactus intrigues me. It hints at a story that might offer a fresh perspective on the holiday season, perhaps exploring themes of adaptability and finding joy in unexpected places. Karen Malley’s ability to weave engaging narratives with heart and humor is something I’m really looking forward to experiencing in this novel. I anticipate a delightful and uplifting read, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.

    Regarding the advent wreath, yes, my family and I celebrate Christmas with one. It’s a cherished tradition that adds a special significance to the holiday season. Each Sunday leading up to Christmas, we light a candle on the wreath, reflecting on the meaning and joy of the season. This ritual not only brings us together but also helps us to focus on the deeper aspects of Christmas, beyond the commercial hustle and bustle. It’s a meaningful way to count down the days until Christmas and to remember the spirit of hope and anticipation that the season brings.

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