Monday, December 24, 2018

Reaching in to our Christmas Stockings!

Deb posed a question to the crew here at the Inkwell. Read through and then tell us...What would you like in your Christmas stocking if money wasn't an issue?  
Reviewer Trixi Oberembt starts us out:
"How about the whole world turns to Jesus, broken families mended, crime a thing of the past and people loving people? Those are things money can never buy :-)
... An unlimited, never expiring, Amazon card, two all-expense paid tickets to New Zealand for a 3 month visit with mom. The title to a brand new Ford Explorer with the optional third-row seating. An all-expense paid ticket to the CFRR. A coupon for a personal cook for life and a coupon for lifetime access to Acorn TV and BBC America.  That's not asking too much is it? 
Oh yes,!"
Author Jennifer (AlLee) Farey (She gets a tiny stocking so that Susie Johnson can have the super sized one!) "I'd like a check big enough to let my hubby retire, and enable me to run Journey Fiction and hire a full-time sales/marketing person. And – I’d love to find my grandmother's ring, which I lost years ago. I still get sad if I think about it."

Author Susan Diane Johnson needs the big stocking (Can a two-year old fit?). "Otherwise I want tickets to take my toddler granddaughter to Disneyland." (Why are we not surprised…)

Author Lisa Karon Richardson’s stocking will be light. It’s all paper! "Airline tickets and a hotel reservation—just about anywhere is fine! Hamilton tickets. My Master’s degree."

Reviewer Susan Snodgrass went with simple pleasures: "Amazon gift cards."  (Maybe we should look into those never-expiring unlimited ones from Trixi’s list!)

Author DeAnna Julie Dodson (aka Julianna Deering): "Well, everybody's being so nice and altruistic. Mine would be enough money to have enough to give me a guaranteed income for the rest of my life so I can write what I want. :D" (I guess that might work for a debit card, DeAnna. I’ll look into that!)

Reviewer Karen Klepsteen's list is pretty doable!
"Cozy winter socks, Land O Lakes hot cocoa (mint, caramel, and raspberry are my favorites), an iTunes gift card because I live and breathe music, Burt’s Bees chapstick, a Cara Cara orange, and Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares. And, a donation to my church’s Giving Machines!"
Author C.J.Chase really put thought into what would fit! "I have a simple request, just 3 things in my stocking: (1) the energy of a two-year-old (bottled), (2) a package of eternal happiness, (3) a contract with a 7-figure advance. P.S. It’s okay to roll the contract around the bottle of energy so it fits in the stocking."
Author Susie Dietze offered: "Since the whole world knowing about Jesus won't fit into a stocking, nor will world peace or the cure for cancer, I'll go with something totally selfish: keys to new-to-us cars for the kids. And cruise tickets. I don't care where the ship goes."
Reviewer Winnie Thomas reflects the trend: "World peace or an end to hunger in the world, but (let’s be practical!) since you can't put those in a stocking, I'll say two tickets to Hawaii with all expenses paid. As long as I'm dreaming, let's make it 31 tickets, and I'll take my whole family."
Author Anita Mae Draper opts for a small stocking too! "I would LOVE a mortgage-free deed to my dream house."
Reviewer Rebecca Maney (no surprise here…) "an Amazon gift card in any amount would make this book nerd very happy!"
Author Niki Turner: "I would like a time portal. Surely one will fit in a stocking, right?"
(There’s a possibility that a time portal might work like those holograms from Star Wars…projected onto a wall, so uh, sure. Or a very small standing stone?)
Author Dina Sleiman can probably fit her new grandson in a stocking (We all try that, right?) "I could use keys to a new-to-me small to mid-size SUV. I'm tired of driving a 2003 mini-van with only one kid left at home!"

Reviewer Paula Shreckhise "would like to have my family all together for Christmas." (Isn't the best thing! But I'm not sure how to fit that in a stocking, so we'll try one of those limitless credit cards --or a magic wand!)

I've added these thoughts of my dear friends here to my prayers for a blessed Christmas and New Year.
Seems to me that the trend here was enjoying peaceful times with family and friends and those all important quiet times alone with a loved one or even a company of a good book.

2018 has been a year of deep losses and lovely gains for all of us. What doesn't change is God's promises.
The ladies of Inkwell Inspirations hope that like us, you can enjoy the celebration of Christ's birth and that promise that came with it. 

Philippians 2: 6 
...Who, being in very nature God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
   taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   and became obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

We wish you all a wonderful season and thank you for your support throughout the year!

"What's in YOUR stocking?"


  1. Nothing of the utmost value fits in a stocking, but they made a grand effort! It all has to do with the things invisible. Love, acceptance, sharing. The comfort of a friend. Joyful new memories. When we look back at Christmases of our past, it's the feelings we remember far more than the gifts. Thank you to all of you who check in and sometimes comment but share our love for fiction and our thankfulness for God's grace and mercy. Merry Christmas!

  2. Deb, lovely post. Thank you for asking and letting us share our hearts and yes, a little bit of fancy, too. You are an adorable Elf on the Shelf. Today, I'm thanking God for the gift of His Son and his ever-present love, His abundance and grace. Merry Christmas, every one!

  3. Just checking blogs, etc now after a wonderful family-filled Christmas. I remember when it was special to set time aside to call a loved one on Christmas Day, sometimes trying for hours while the lines where clogged with so many others doing the same. Not only can we call at will now, but we also set mutual times to Skype one daughter in Vancouver, and another in South Korea - at the same time. So amazing.

    Deb, I agree with Susie... you are adorable in your elf costume. I'm looking forward to seeing you wear it to ACFW someday. :D


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