Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
— T.S. Eliot

No bah-humbug here! This Christmas I wanted to send you a little care package from Oxford. 

I thought, "Hmm, what could I give to readers for Christmas. What do readers love? What would they cherish?" 

And then it dawned on me, I'm in Oxford so of course I should send something to do with C.S. Lewis and quite possibly Alice In Wonderland, two of my personal favorites!

So, here's what you'll win should you be the lucky chosen one for The Great Oxford Christmas Giveaway! 

1. Eight copies of my new devotional, Longing For More. Enough for your small group or book club!

(Amazon Retail Value: $103)

2. A signed copy of my book, Home Behind The Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday.

(Amazon Retail Value: $15.47; Signed Copy - PRICELESS! I kid, I kid.)

3. A FIRST EDITION C.S. LEWIS BOOK, handpicked by me and sent from Oxford. There's an outstanding little book shop here in Oxford directly across from Christ Church College. It boasts an extraordinary collection of first editions from several of "The Inklings." I'll head into the shop and pick one for you. Below you can see a few first editions from my small but growing collection.

(Retail Value: $35-75; Emotional Value: Unfathomable) 

4. Three signed copies of Lacey Sturm's new book The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living 

(Amazon Retail Value: $30+; Signed Copy: PRICELESS!) 

5. A Starbucks Gift Card (and no, my wife is not allowed to enter)

(Retail Value: TBD; Emotional Value: Depends on your caffeine dependency threshold) 

6. A grab-bag of goodies from the Oxford Covered Market. From English teas, to Mulled Wine packets, to, well, you'll just have to trust me. 

(Retail Value: $30)

Total Range of Retail Value: $225 - PRICELESS

How To Win

Follow the instructions on the widget below! 

The Winner Announcement

Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories of "Christmas Past" ... it was a joy to read them all.

And let's all give a stirring round of applause to LESLIE DINGWALL for winning The Great Oxford Christmas Giveaway! 

For all who entered, check your email as I'll be sending a personal thank you email to you.

And if you'd still like to get the new devotional for your small group, I'm happy to say that Givingtons is running a great bulk-buy special on Longing For More! 5$ discounted and 5$ given to Angel Tree! Check out their site for the details! CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK.   

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas; that your hearts will fill the warmth of God's bounty and that you'll hold those you love, close. 


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Timothy Willard is the author of three books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. He lived in Oxford, England for two years studying beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis. He earned his PhD in Theology under the supervision of world-renowned theologian Alister McGrath. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.