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Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 8-inch and 10-inch 2-piece Skillet Set
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 8-inch and 10-inch 2-piece Skillet Set
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This will be a Christmas gift for my daughter. I bought her a large stainless steel skillet last year and added to her "collection" this year. Farberware skillets are great quality and weight and getting two for the price of one is very generous!! Happy Holidays everyone!
The Sparkle Box (Hardcover)
The Sparkle Box (Hardcover)
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I cannot even begin to express how wonderful I think this book is, in every way! It is absolutely gorgeous and is destined to become a children’s Christmas classic! The illustrations are vibrant in color and skillfully done. I liked how realistic they were and some almost appear dimensional. A good story is important (and this is one!) but illustrations can make or break a book where children are concerned. A young boy named Sam is excited about Christmas, like any other child during the holiday. But this is where the similarity with many other Christmas story ends. The focus is not on “Santa”, or what gifts Sam is going to get. The story centers on caring, doing for others in need, and Jesus. Sam’s mother puts a beautiful silver box on the mantle. All she will tell him is that it is a special gift called a Sparkle Box. She explains that it must first be filled before it can be opened. Each time he asks, he is told they must put more things in it. Throughout the book, the family is shown giving to those less fortunate. What amazed me was that Sam as a youngster noticed where people were lacking. This is such a great example for children reading the book, as most are about,”me, me, me.” Christmas morning they open the Sparkle Box. In it are slips of paper and written on each one are the acts of benevolence their family has had been undertaking throughout the holiday. His mother explains that they are their gifts to Jesus in honor of His birthday. Sam was confused as they had given the gifts to people, not Jesus. His mother explains that when we give to others we are giving to Him. There were so many things I liked about this book. First, Christmas was being celebrated with all the decorations and special traditions, but that was not the emphasis. The focal point was Christ and the less fortunate. It is quite the opposite nowadays as else is highlighted by all the worldly activities and Jesus is pushed aside. I also liked the fact that Santa wasn’t mentioned once. His image as grown to such proportions that he takes the place of Christ. Not only in celebrating Christmas but sadly in the hearts of children. Little ones love to give and this book introduces them to the idea of how to give gifts to Jesus by helping the needy. I was surprised and delighted to see in the back of the book was a Sparkle Box to put together! You can start your own family tradition of giving gifts to the One Who gave all to us! A must have for anyone that has children or works with children! It is a book to be treasured through generations! I received this book free from Ideal Publications.******************* I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The Real Christmas Book: C Iinstruments (Paperback)
The Real Christmas Book: C Iinstruments (Paperback)
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This is a great book to get ready for the holidays. It has all types of holiday tunes, including ones from throughout the 20th century to more recent selections, and traditional ones too. The only song I wish it had but didn't was Please Come Home for Christmas by Charles Brown. One thing to note that the description doesn't is that this book DOES have the lyrics. The Hal Leonard Real Books generally don't, but a) I prefer having the lyrics and 2) I wanted the lyrics available in case I was working with a singer.
Avery White 1x4-inch Sheetfed Laser Address Labels (Box of 5000)
Avery White 1x4-inch Sheetfed Laser Address Labels (Box of 5000)
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Being a grandmother of 16 grandkids, I would be lost without my Avery labels! Every Christmas, I make up a sheet of labels for each child with their own unique decal, color and font for each present. The labels stay nicely on the wrapping paper unlike gift tags or generic brands that tear when you take them off their sheet. It is quality paper that prints all colors vividly...thanks Avery for making my holidays easier!