12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 10


For 12 days, we are posting Christmas giveaways in anticipation of the day Jesus Christ was born. Our hope is that these gifts will encourage followers of the blog to focus on the real meaning of this season. Today’s giveaway includes two books written by Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham.

  • “Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts” by Franklin Graham
  • “All for Jesus” by Franklin Graham

Giveaway Rules:

To enter to receive the “Day 10” giveaway, share in the comments below the best “simple” gift you’ve ever gotten. The winner will be chosen randomly from comments received at https://billygrahamlibrary.org/12-days-christmas-giveaways-day-10-2018/ before Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning depend on the number of comments received. Void where prohibited.

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  1. Derek Gaskill says:

    The most simple gift I was given was a baseball. I played baseball professionally and have loved it from the day this gift was given.

  2. Vanessa Ortiz says:

    The most simple gift I have receive would have to be letters from my children when they were young from school. The thought of their little hands making these cards warm my heart. I really miss those days.

  3. Angie Dillner says:

    I received a year pass to the zoo. What a great gift. We’ve made lots of memories using it.

  4. Stephanie Johnson says:

    The best simple gift I ever received was a handmade Christmas ornament made by my child.

  5. Karen Pope says:

    The most simple gift I have ever received was the honor of being served tea by a family at their home in a slum in India. A very convicting and humbling experience for me that blessed me greatly..I will never forget that day.

  6. Rose Bruton says:

    One of the simplist and sweetest gifts I have recieved was from my oldest Daughter Amanda- When she was almost a year old, she was playing in our back yard and picked a couple dead brown leaves from the ground, for me- Mama. I still have them saved and tucked inside her Baby Book!

  7. Johannah says:

    unconditional love

  8. Tammy H says:

    I stayed in touch with my preschool teacher until she passed away. One year for Christmas she mailed me a pot holder with her Christmas card. It was simple but something I still hold dear. Love you forever Ms. Val!!

  9. Tina Griffin says:

    My first child Jacob was born 3 days before Christmas 10 years ago. That was the neatest gift I could have been given and he’s been a major blessing in my life. Now the oldest of 4 kids in 4 years, he’s my helper in the house and loves to read and learn!!

  10. Kathryn Brock says:

    The best simple gift was a puppy.

  11. Linda Wright says:

    The gift of perfect peace that only God can provide is the best gift anyone could ever get!!!

  12. Aaron DeWinter says:

    The BEST “Simple Gift” I’ve ever received are the words written from my family (grandparents, parents, wife, children). I have saved cards, letters, and homemade notes in a box and those gifts have stood the test of time and only increased in value over the years.

  13. Debra Congram says:

    I received an electric blanket which was simple but very useful!!!!!

  14. September Owens says:

    My heart was broken as I cried sitting alone. I could not afford one present – much less the wrappings or bows to give my grandchildren. The pain in my heart crushed me to breathlessness. Dry hard tears. The song hard candy Christmas by Dolly Parton came to mind, thinking, well Lord I don’t even have the hard candy. At my sons house for Christmas dinner I helped cook, my husband blessed, we ate. All my grandchildren were there. Then a serious nerfball competition began. Toys I had purchased over the years. My granddaughter opened collector barbies I had bought when working over the years missing holidays. I watched them running, playing, and smiling, when God spoke humbling my heart, “They would rather have you here right now being Grandma …”

  15. Don Gochenour says:

    Thee best gift I received in my life was when I was given the invitation to accept Jesus Christ as my savior about 30 years ago I will never forget the moment when I walked down the front of my church altar in front of many people and making that commitment I was so into that feeling of knowing deep down in my heart that I was doing thee best thing for myself and God Bless his holy name Amen&Amen sincerely Don Gochenour aka juniorboy1013@gmail.com.

  16. Elaine says:

    My simple gift was an angel necklace, it was the last Christmas gift that I got from my husband who died in 2009. The highlight of the year was to be able to be a year round volunteer for Operation Christmas Child.

  17. Wanda lynn Noble says:

    The best simple gift I have received is is a picture of me drawn by my son when he was five years old.

  18. Nicole Thompson says:

    A journal. It has helped me so much!

  19. Karen Cravens says:

    I believe the very best simple gift I’ve ever received is the joy in the eyes of my children – when they were young – or grandchildren and the smiles on their sweet faces when you open a gift from them!

  20. Kathy Davis says:

    Most simple gift I was given was a ring my Grandpa found in a house he was fixing and thought of me and gave it to me. It turned my finger green but loved it because he gave it to me

  21. Nancy s Ashley says:

    The most special gift I was even given that was totally free and made straight from the heart was a cross beautifully crafted from little tree branches and lashed together.with pine needles. I was on a very special retreat with other Christian ladies and it was the 1st time I had ever been away from my daughter and husband. She had attended the youth version and sneaked to the facility without my knowing and helped behind the scenes. She watched me all day without me knowing and presented me with the cross necklace without saying a word at the end of the day. She gave me a big hug and kiss and off she went without a word. I was speechless and so humbled by the love and sacrifice she made just to be near me during that special time.

  22. Kirstie S. says:

    One of the most heartwarming gift that I remember more recently was from my Uncle that lived in a different State. I opened the box and it had old miniature dollhouse furniture in it. I was so amazed at the details on the wooden chairs, and how life like everything looked. It really meant a lot to me recieving the package in the mail, and the surprise that awaited me inside on Christmas morning.

  23. Vanessa Fields says:

    My simple gift from my dad his last Christmas on earth was a homemade doll he bought from a lady that kinda looked like a cabbage patch doll but without the price. I loved her and never knew the difference till I was much older.

  24. Lois Graff says:

    The best simple gift was having my parents come to my house on Christmas Day for a meal and a great family day! No other gift can compare

  25. McKenzie says:

    One of my favorite simple gifts is a surprise of flowers 💐 in my locker or just a note from a friend! The simplest of gifts is sometimes the best!

  26. Casey Highley says:

    The most simple gift I have received is the opportunity to act as My Lord’s hands and feet. I have volunteered the last 2 year’s at Operation Christmas Child processing centers.

  27. Kelli says:

    The best simple gift was my hand made Dr Who cardboard figures my daughter spent a month making. I still have them years later as they are still so precious and one of my favorite gifts of all time

  28. Michelle Prince says:

    Homemade ornaments from my daughter. <3

  29. Vanessa Ortiz says:

    The most precious gift I have receive is the hand made letters from my kids for the holidays. They made it with their little hands and the thought that went into it is priceless.

  30. DENISE F, says:

    The most simple gift I was given was support from my 22 year old who provides for me in every way after I had a car accident not being able to work. He travels over 100+ to make sure that I have medical needs,etc..

  31. Erika says:

    This sounds crazy but the best simple gift I’ve ever been given is household goods: soap, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. It is so nice to have a stockpile and not worry about buying that stuff!

  32. Carnisha Minniefield says:

    My blessed perfect gift was giving birth to my two beautiful kids. I love my kids, my 6 year old and 9 month old.

  33. Jamal Hoosaney says:

    The most simple gift I ever gotten was love from my family because we cannot afford anything that is in our need .=(

  34. Carol Smith says:

    Way back when I was in Elementary school. A friend gave me a simple little bead bracelet that I had told her I thought was so pretty when she wore it. I knew that was all she had to give me. I have never forgotten it.

  35. Susan Moseley says:

    It’s the simple things that matter most to me. I was sick and hubby woke me up to see our Christmas tree up and all decked out. I was so excited at this loving but simple gesture. Oh, a kiss under the mistletoe. Prayers and giving thanks for the reason of the season. Amen

  36. Ranjith says:

    The most simple gift I have received was a pen on my birthday last year.

  37. Shirley Ferguson says:

    My children surprised their Dad and I one year and had photos made, then they made us several wonderful photo gifts!! One of the best Christmas cause they put a lot of thought, time and love into the gift! I treasure these gifts!!! They made this Momma cry happy tears!!

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