On Your Way to Christmas!

On Your Way to Christmas!

On Your Way To Christmas


Four Weeks from Today

 I have been told that I need to create a video and put it on YouTube if I want anyone to find my book! Too bad I don’t know how to do that yet (I’m working on it!).

On Your Way to Christmas: Step 1

OK – if I could create a video, Step 1 would be to find a copy of my book BEFORE DECEMBER 1!

The book’s 25 bedtime stories begin on December 1, just like an Advent Calendar. So you still have time to get a copy and get ready to read. Which brings me to my next important step in the video!


The importance of this step cannot be overstated if you want to keep up with the story. The heroine (whose name is Belinda) will be making an important journey, and your reader can participate right along with her.

Belinda’s mom has given her a big challenge. She is on a mission to figure out what Christmas is really all about! And every day, she thinks about it. Sometimes she prays a little about it, just in case she needs some help.

But the most important thing is that she has to draw a picture for her mom by the end of each day. If she believes that Christmas is all about the tree, I’ll bet she will be reaching for some GREEN crayons!

Your readers might think that the answer is something different, and you can draw a picture of your own. You can even start building your own Advent Calendar, with pictures of each day’s new idea about Christmas.

And did I mention paper?? Any paper is ok for drawing, but big, blank sheets are great! Just right for drawing and hanging up on the wall. You don’t need special paper or artist paper, your little artists will be creative with their own unique ideas and a box of crayons!

STEP 3 On Your Way to Christmas: Make Cocoa!!

Cocoa mug

You might think that drawing would get a little messy with cocoa around, but I’ll bet you and your little readers can handle it. Sometimes you might want to draw first. Or read first. Or maybe go outside for a walk and THINK about it. Who knows what ideas you might come up with?

Do people in your neighborhood decorate for Christmas? Are there silly snowmen on the lawn, running out of air or standing tall?

Do some people have angels on their lawn? Wow! Now that’s a pretty cool idea. I wonder if Belinda ever drew a picture of angels?

Do you think angels are what Christmas is about? After all, the angels did make an important announcement when the Baby Jesus was born! Or maybe Christmas is about shepherds? Or wise men?

You can get a lot of ideas from walking around! Maybe now is time to go home for that cocoa?

 STEP 4: Cuddle Up and Read!

Best of all – time to cuddle up with your favorite reader and enjoy a Christmas book! It’s not time yet to start reading The Girl Who Found Christmas, so you might check out one of my favorite books, Rupert’s Snowman by Phillipa Warden. I fell in love with Rupert and his passion for bringing the snowman home a long time ago. You might love Rupert too! 

Go find a book, buy some crayons, sing a song, read a book to a child, or write one if you have to. You can do it! 

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below. And tell me about your favorite Christmas books!


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Christmas Song

Christmas Song

Christmas Song


Finding Christmas: An Original Song

I wrote Finding Christmas, an original Christmas song, with the intention that it would be a unique gift from a little girl’s father for Christmas.

I looked for a man who could record the song just the way I wanted it. And I found one. Roger Sullins is the dad of a beautiful daughter. He’s also responsible for contemporary music at a church in South Tampa. I wanted the recording to sound simple. Like a dad, playing a guitar and singing to his daughter. And Roger did it beautifully.

This song has become one of my own personal Christmas “carols.” A reminder of why I wrote this book. And what my heroine’s journey was about.

It would not translate well, which is my bad, but I wrote it simply and from my heart, remembering the words of the story and Belinda’s travels on her way to Christmas.

Here are the words of my Christmas song, and here is a link to the recording. You can also click on the home page or the cover of Finding Christmas.

Finding Christmas

It’s not the tree that makes it Christmas.
It’s not the stockings in a row.
It’s not the reindeer on the rooftop
or even sparkling Christmas snow.

Do you want to know? I can tell you
where the magic of Christmas starts.
Not the presents you see
underneath the tree,
but the Presence you feel
in your hearts.

I used to think that it was Santa
with his red suit and ho-ho-ho.
But now I know he’s a reminder
of Christmas love from long ago.

Do you want to know? I can tell you
where the wonder of Christmas starts.
Not the presents you see
underneath the tree,
but the Presence you feel
in your hearts.

I know the part about the stable.
About the wise men and the star,
the lowly shepherds on the hillside
who heard the angels from afar.

Do you want to know? I can tell you
all the rest of the story too.
With no room at the inn,
did He look within?
Is His Presence the light
that’s in you?

I’ve heard the songs that tell the story,
that unto us a Child was born.
The Lamb of God, laid in a manger
among the sheep on Christmas morn.

Do you want to know? I can tell you
how to play your own Christmas part.
Share the love that He brings
as your glad heart sings
of the Presence you feel
in your heart.

Words and music by Barbara Escher
Arranged and performed by Roger Sullins
Copyright ©2019 Barbara Escher

Go find a book, sing a song, read a book to a child, or write one if you have to. You can do it! 

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below. And tell me about your favorite Christmas songs!


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Christmas Books And Real Kids

Christmas Books And Real Kids

Real Kids: Mom and child reading book


Capturing the Real Magic

I am supposed to be on vacation today, but Christmas books and real kids are on my mind.  In fact, I’m on a cruise, headed into the port of Martinique in the Caribbean. However, Christmas and my favorite little girl, Belinda, are never far from my thoughts. And I’d like to talk about something that’s has gripped my attention today.

My last post was about writing children’s Christmas books, and I wanted to celebrate other authors. So I searched for books like mine. Well – like mine in one sense: books about real kids. Not magic reindeer or flying to the North Pole.

Christmas Books and Real Kids?

Maybe I’d find a book about a kid (like my own heroine) with lots of energy, endless curiosity, and even a good heart. Surely there must be plenty of those! But I was wrong. If they’re out there, I couldn’t find them. Except for one of my favorite children’s books.

Rupert’s Snowman by Phillipa Warden tells the story of a very real boy with extraordinary energy, creativity, and a compassionate heart. 

I fell in love with Rupert two years ago, and he’s a kid that other kids could definitely relate to. The illustrations are delightful, unusual, and a perfect foil for a very real little boy.

Christmas Books Without Real Kids??

Other than Rupert, I found a market saturated with whimsical elves, talking animals, and fantasy worlds. Not to mention extraordinary adventures.

Some of these books are great; however, the genuine experiences of real children can sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

My book, The Girl Who Found Christmas, is about a very real little girl on a mission to understand what Christmas is all about.

Every day in Advent, there’s a bedtime story detailing her quest. She wonders if Christmas is about the tree. Or maybe the reindeer. Or the stockings.  Or something else??

Real kids deserve…

Real kids deserve to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. Families – and children – come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, all abilities, and all experiences. And the holiday season is a perfect time to look for families like our own – and children like the ones we love.

Making Connections and Building Memories

The magic of Christmas lies not only in twinkling lights and festive decorations, but also in shared moments of joy and togetherness.

Many real kids experience the anticipation of Santa’s visit, the thrill of decorating the tree, and the warmth of family traditions. Books that capture these moments create deep connections between story and reader.

Traditions of Your Own

What if you find, as I did, that there aren’t many books that fit the authentic experience of your own REAL kids? Maybe you can start writing down the things that make Christmas real in your family’s life! Over the years, those stories will build a foundation for even richer family rituals.

The Intersection of Fantasy and Reality

With only 37 days left till Christmas, let’s celebrate the power of storytelling to connect us, inspire us, and make our Christmas traditions truly magical.

Find a book, read a book to a child, or write one if you have to. Real kids deserve it!

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below. And tell me about your favorite Christmas books!


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Writing Children’s Christmas Books

Writing Children’s Christmas Books

Children's Christmas Books


The holiday season has a unique way of bringing out the child in all of us. Those who have a passion for storytelling might want to channel that festive spirit into a children’s Christmas book!

Here are some thoughts on that unique and special journey.

Children’s Christmas Books Nurture Creativity

Creating characters, settings, and plots that capture the wonder of the holiday season is a special delight for writers. They get to use their imagination in a way that resonates with young minds.

Creating a Children’s Christmas Book Shares the Joy of Christmas

Many of us cherish the joy of Christmas, but it is a special privilege to be able to share this joy with young readers. Stories and vibrant illustrations. Magic and beauty of the season. And the chance to instill wonder and excitement in the hearts of children.

You Can Leave a Lasting Legacy

Crafting a children’s Christmas book allows writers to leave a lasting legacy. Imagine creating a story that becomes a timeless treasure. Passed down from generation to generation.

It’s an opportunity to contribute to the collective joy and memories of the holiday season.

Children’s Christmas Books Can Teach – Gently

Those of us who write children’s Christmas books have the chance to share important values. And we can do it in a subtle and engaging way.

Whether it’s the spirit of giving or kindness or the importance of family, stories are a medium through which positive values are woven into the fabric of young minds.

You Can Connect with Readers

Writing a children’s Christmas book allows writers to connect with their audience on a profound level. Authentic characters and stories resonate with the experiences and emotions of young readers.

You Can Fulfill a Dream!

For many writers, the idea of creating a children’s Christmas book may have been a long-held dream. The holiday season provides the perfect backdrop for turning that dream into reality.

You can overcome challenges. Embrace creativity. And experience the fulfillment of bringing a story to life.

Speaking for myself, the journey of writing a children’s Christmas book was a magical one. So, if you’re a writer with a love for Christmas and a passion for storytelling, perhaps it’s time to embark on the exciting adventure of crafting your own children’s Christmas tale.

I did. And how I love hearing from those who follow in the footsteps of Belinda. The Girl Who Found Christmas.

Watch Belinda as she bends all of her enthusiasm and energy to the important job of finding Christmas. It’s a journey from the magic to the manger, and I’m very proud to have written it.

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below!


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Gratitude and Giving Thanks

Gratitude and Giving Thanks

Gratitude and giving thanks


It’s never too early for gratitude and giving thanks, and in our house, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving are a special time for thinking about the people who made our lives better this year.

Could be just a little thing they did or said – or maybe they really made our lives a whole lot better in a way that’s meaningful to us.

Start Early

From an early age, our kids wrote letters or drew pictures to say thank you, and we made sure those messages were delivered in time for Thanksgiving. I started writing letters of thanks at Thanksgiving many years ago, and now even the kids start talking about people they want to thank.

Start Anywhere

Our recent trip to see Great Aunt Mabel sparked dinner table conversation about gratitude. OK, OK, I admit that I got it started and it was mostly gratitude for her great chocolate chip cookies, but you have to start somewhere!

Be Sincere

I have no problem with my kids sending letters of thanks for chocolate chip cookies! It’s not about a “thing.” It’s about an experience and about the kindness someone showed.

Think About Good Ideas

The kids have asked me for ideas for Thanksgiving letters or pictures, and I’ve told them what I’ve done myself.

Sometimes I said thank you just because someone did something nice. Or shared their time with me.

Does It Have to be Family?

Maybe it’s someone I’ve known for decades or someone I met just this year. Gratitude isn’t measured in how long it’s been but in how good it feels.

To have a friend or neighbor or relative to thank is a gift. So from the time our children were old enough to wield a pencil or draw a picture, we have encouraged them to create Thanksgiving letters of their own.

Do People Think Our Family is Weird?

People who receive our letters are often astonished. They’re using to getting very nice Hallmark cards at Thanksgiving, but letters or drawings created by children? Or by friends? Or family? Or neighbors? Almost unheard of. Except in our house.

So now that we’re back from visiting Great Aunt Mabel, the great letter writing will officially begin. And I’ll bet all of us will want to say thank you for those great chocolate chip cookies!

Shh!  When Do I Do It?

I almost always write my Thanksgiving letters in the early morning darkness, before the household stirs. A cup of coffee is close at hand, and so is the joy of remembering past kindnesses.

I feel grateful that I have the freedom and the opportunity to give thanks and let people know that their kindnesses did not go unnoticed.

And Special Thanks to Those Who Love Belinda!

I’m grateful to the people who have read my book. And especially grateful to those who let me know they’ve read it, either here on my web site or on Amazon!

It means the world to me every year to know that new readers have found it, and others have put it under their tree as a classic to be enjoyed anew!

Please share your own experiences and suggestions in the Comments below!



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