My Christmas Gift to You

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers, friends, and family! And for those of you outside the U.S.A. happy third-to-last day of November!

And to everyone: let the Christmas decorating and music commence!

I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. (I love Thanksgiving, too… don’t worry, this isn’t me hopping on the “skip Thanksgiving” ride… today is one of my favorite days of the year and I hope yours has been lovely and restful and filled with good food and quality conversations and peace and that you have spent some time reflecting on those things you are truly grateful for… I know I have).

But I have a Christmas gift for you, and I couldn’t wait one. more. second to share it with you, I’m FAR too excited about it.

Like many of you, I have a lot of favorite Christmas traditions. Every year, we watch all our favorite Christmas movies throughout the month of December. The kids and I put up our Jesse tree and hang ornaments each day. We buy a new Lego Star Wars advent calendar each year because we’re nerds. I also pack up all the Christmas picture books when we put away the decorations so that I can pull them out, wrap them up, and put them under the tree and each night in December the kids pick one out to unwrap and read together as a family. Another tradition we started last year was Jolabokaflod, an Icelandic tradition in which everyone gifts each other books and we open them on the morning of Christmas Eve and then spend the rest of the day reading our new books and eating chocolate. (Could there BE a better tradition anyone has ever come up with anywhere?!?!?) It was awesome and we are definitely doing that again this year.

This year, I’m so excited to be able to include MY Christmas Picture Book in the mix of these traditions.

A few of you know that one of my dreams is to narrate my own audio-books. Yes, this is why there is no audio version yet, because making an audio book requires a few things I don’t have access to: namely TIME and QUIET. But it’s on my list.

But, in spite of my lacking the time/quiet/nice microphone that I need to narrate one of my longer fantasy novels… a portion of that dream has come true for me this year anyway! And today, I would like to present it to you as an early Christmas present. I hope you enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!


Make sure to come by tomorrow and find out about some awesome book sales and freebies you can get over the holiday shopping weekend… and if you’re leaving your house to join the insanity of Black Friday…. I salute you… from the comfort and quiet of my own home… be safe out there!

And now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

~ jenelle


Allan James

Watching this is NOW…..MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION!!! Thank you Jenelle and Sierra for this Beautiful Presentation. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


We had fun getting home from our hike just in time to see the 2-minute countdown until your premiere opened and began to play! I will be with Allan James on that “favorite Christmas tradition” from here on out! :) Great job! I love it! <3


Yay!!! Thank you for watching when it opened to the public for the first time! It means the world to me that you’d take the time even though you’d already seen it!


Very much looking forward to reading this beautiful story (again!) on Christmas Eve with our kiddos. Already a new favorite!

DJ Edwardson

This is so beautiful, from beginning to end. Thank you, Jenelle, for creating this book and the narrated video. They are true gifts.


What interesting traditions! Sounds like a lot of fun! Especially Jolabokaflod… I think I’ll need to steal that one. ;)

‘Twas An Evening In Bethlehem’ is fantastic! Beautiful storytelling and lovely, poetic word choices that make it an enjoyable, enchanting story for adults and children alike (and the art is beautiful too!). I also love that you added in some Jewish words.
You did a great job on reading it! Congratulations on your first audiobook! :D


Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! Jolabokaflod was so much fun last year, we are definitely doing it again. (Even if I didn’t get to read much last year, because we had a lot going on on Christmas Eve and I had a 1-year old who wasn’t that into books… but now he loves being read to, so at least I’ll get to read books to him!)

Thank you so much for your kind words about my picture book and audio book! I’m so so glad you enjoyed it!


I know I’m so, so late but JENELLE!!!! THIS WAS SUCH A TREAT. Oh my goodness, this was so beautiful and relaxing and heartfelt. It truly filled my up. Your book is both precious and powerful. What a gift indeed.

Thank you so much for this! Absolutely adored it. <3


I love hearing from you, dear Reader!