Shannon here: June Foster shares her family’s Christmas tradition along with a chance to win her latest Contemporary Romance, A Kiss Under the Mistletoe. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Nov 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s June:
Christmas Memories by June Foster:
Times have changed. But I still remember one Christmas tradition our family enjoyed. We gathered in the dining room for a luscious meal, then adjourned into the living room where our Christmas tree, bare except for lights, stood ready for our homemade ornaments patterned after the Jesse Tree.
First, we read the story of the Jesse Tree which tells, through the use of symbols, the Biblical story from creation to the birth of Christ. We learned that in Medieval times, when the tradition of the Jesse Tree first began, people created large carvings, tapestries or even stained-glass windows to place in churches for members of the congregation who were illiterate. Nowadays, the cutout symbols represent Bible stories we know so well. For example, the earth represents the Creation, a picture of an apple is the Garden of Eden, and a rainbow is symbolic of Noah and the flood—and many more.
So, now it was time to get creative. Each family member chose a couple of symbols for ornaments they wished to construct from the variety of materials I had accumulated and set out on the dining room table. When the ornaments were completed, we hung them on the tree. The next week we gathered again and told the Christmas story. In the correct order, each person removed their ornament, relayed the Bible story and replaced the cutout on the tree. Afterward we prayed and asked the Lord to help us keep Christmas in our hearts every day of the year.
But alas, those were the wonderful days when our children were home to celebrate. In the last years, we’ve traveled in our RV and our tree morphed from a six-foot pine to a two-foot plastic tree small enough to fit in our coach. But we still remembered the real reason for the season as we celebrated with our Florida friends in a room full of white-haired Christians instead of boisterous children.
Today we live in a new home in Cullman, Alabama and will begin decorating right after Thanksgiving in preparation for a family gathering soon after. No kids this time, so we likely won’t have a Jesse tree. But the memories of those former years still bring us holiday joy.
About June: An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother often. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provide a rich source of information for her novels. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next book.
To date, June has written twenty-two contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels and novellas. She loves to compose stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. She’s published with Winged Publications. Learn more & connect:
About the book – A Kiss Under the Mistletoe
The men in Noel Kendrick’s life have always lied to her. When she accepts her pastor’s plea to head the Christmas nativity scene project, she doesn’t realize the job requires her to work with Carson Shumate, the handsome youth pastor with midnight blue eyes. Despite her efforts to keep her emotional distance, she falls hard after a kiss under the mistletoe.
But Carson has a secret of his own. If he reveals the truth about his identical twin to his church, he fears they will fire him, and he could lose Noel.
A Kiss Under the Mistletoe is the sequel to An Unexpected Family.