christmas giftYes, you. You are a talented, interesting, vibrant, cherished part of my community of friends and connections. You are gifted. And to celebrate that, throughout the month of December — which is traditionally a month for gift-giving — I am going to give you various gifts through my posts.

I won’t tell you now what the gifts will be — wondering what a gift will be is part of the fun. I hope you will enjoy them, and will share them with friends. Gifts, whether they are our talents or things we’ve received, are meant to be used and shared.

Today I’d like to tell you about a way you can give a gift to others, if you use either Facebook or Twitter. This gift will bring a great deal of joy to its recipients. Giving to others brings a gift of warmth and joy to our own hearts, as well.

From now until December 25th, Penguin Random House is sponsoring a way to give books to children who don’t have much access to books. Each time you use the hashtag #GiveaBook on Twitter or on Facebook, Penguin Random House will donate a book through Save the Children, up to a total of 25,000 books. To see more about the campaign, go to this link on Facebook or this one on Twitter. (Just as a side note, I love their whale logo!)

And speaking of giving books — I want to give you a chance to receive a book that will bring you joy throughout the year. I have an extra copy of Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year. It is in as new condition, and I would love to give it to one of you.

Anyone who leaves a comment on any of my blog posts during the month of December will be entered into the giveaway (one entry for each comment). If you already have the book, do leave a comment anyway — if your name is drawn, you will be able to select an alternate book. On January 2nd, I’ll announce the winner.

Just for fun, since the Treasury for All Seasons is a book of poems, in the comments today please tell me if you have a favorite poem. One of mine (I have too many favorites to number) is The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats. And here’s a special gift for you, a post from Renée LaTulippe’s No Water River that includes a video of Renée reciting the poem.

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