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About the Author
John Hilton III was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver, and got a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. Along the way he met his wife Lani and they have five children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Mexico and Miami. Currently, they live in Utah. John has a Masters degree from Harvard and a Ph.D from BYU, both in Education, and currently is an Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU. He has also written several books with Deseret Book. Besides being with his family, his favorite hobbies are learning Chinese and doing humanitarian work. For more information visit www.johnhiltoniii.com
by Shauna - reviewed on December 13, 2012
WOW! What a book! This book is full of FUN, CREATIVE, EASY ideas to make your Christmas season more enjoyable AND more meaningful! Right off-the-top the author quotes President Howard W. Hunter with 22 things we can do at Christmas: 1. Mend a quarrel. 2. Seek out a forgotten friend. 3. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. 4. Write a letter. 5. Give a soft answer. 6. Encourage youth. 7. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. 8. Keep a promise. 9. Forgo a grudge. 10. Forgive an enemy. 11. Apologize. 12. Try to understand. 13. Examine your demands on others. 14. Think first of someone else. 15. Be kind. 16. Be gentle. 17. Laugh a little more. 18. Express your gratitude. 19. Welcome a stranger. 20. Gladden the heart of a child. 21. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. 22. Speak your love and then speak it again. Then the author goes on to tell about: Christmas Traditions Christmas Symbolism Some suggested Christmas Books to Read Gift-giving, including Gifts to the Savior Christmas Trivia Learning about Christmas from your Ancestors Christmas Caroling Christmas Memories Christmas Humor Each chapter ends with a suggested activity to try. I have to share some of the Christmas humor from the book... Q. What comes at the end of Christmas Day. A. The letter Y. Q. What goes OH. OH. OH. A. Santa walking backwards. Q. What do elves learn in school? A. The elf-abet Q. Which of Santa's reindeer has bad manners? A. Rude-olph. Do you know what would have happened if it had been the three Wise Women instead of the three Wise Men? They would have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought disposable diapers as gifts. Kids' Interpretations of Christmas Carol Lyrics: •We three kings of porridge and tar •Noel, Noel, Barney's the king of Israel •Sleep in heavenly peas •Good tidings we bring to you and your kid You know it's a tough Christmas when you get batteries with a note attached saying, "Toy not included." This book really is AMAZING!