Christmas Scavenger Hunt Round-Robin: The Gift of the Magpie

Christmas greetings! I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas Scavenger Hunt Round-Robin and learning about many Christmas books. If you’re starting here at my blog, that’s fine. I’ll give you the next author’s link. You need to visit every author’s site in the round-robin to qualify for the chance to win an Amazon gift card: $350 for first place, $250 for second place, or $150 for third place. The event officially runs December 6-12, 2020.

Thank you, for the opportunity to share about my book Gift of the Magpie. I love to talk about my tender and humorous Christmas romance that proves opposites distract.

English teacher and award-winning author of middle-grade adventure books for boys, Amanda Larrowe, is holed up in her house a few days before Christmas to meet a book deadline. But when she spots photographer, Camden Lancaster, moving in across the street, she’s horrified. Now that he’s knocked on her door and doesn’t recognize her as the girl he humiliated after their perfect high school Valentine’s Day date, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor. Boy is she wrong.

I had fun writing this book. The characters were so real to me that writing their banter, Amanda’s struggles, and the humor came naturally to me.

Let’s continue the scavenger hunt. Go to Gift of the Magpie on Amazon at this link.

Find the answer to the question below by clicking on the book cover under “Look Inside,” which will give you a preview of Gift of the Magpie.

When Cam knocks on Amanda’s door, what liquid does she suspect his heart pumps?

When you’ve spotted the answer, go to the entry form, fill in the information and move on to the next blog given below!

I appreciate your visit! The next author on the tour is Rosey Lee, who tells about her Christmas book, Beautiful, Complicated Family. You can find it at this link. Remember, you must answer every question from all 37 authors in the scavenger hunt and that the round-robin ends on December 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Can You Solve This Creativity Scramble?

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” —Luke 2:10-11 NIV

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Over the fifteen months since I started Creative in Everything, I’ve used a few words repeatedly. I invite you to unscramble some of these words below and insert the letter AFTER each number into the numbered blanks for the message. Enjoy.

L B E O R P M   _  1_  2_  3_  4_  _  _

D E I C N U A E    _  5_  _  6_  7_  _  _  8_

F A C T R   _  9_  _  10_  11_

B O Y H B    12_  13_  _ 14 _  _

N A M E I G I   15_  _  16_  _  _  _  _

S H O E C I C   _  17_ 18 _  _  19_  _  20_

F O R R E V   _  21_  _  22_  _  23_

G E A N E G   _  _  _ 24 _  _  25_

T A S T I R   _  26_  27_  _  _  28_

Christmas Message:

19_  25_  4_  8_  14_  1_  24_ 28 _  7_       11_ 17 _ 21 _       3_  15_  9_  27_  12_

18 _  10_      2 _  5_  26_      20 _  16_ 22 _  6_  13_ 23 _


May you have a blessed Christmas.

You Can Get Creative and Never Grow Old

“Have nothing to do with growing old—but fall in love with growing older.” — J. Ellsworth Kalas

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Are you growing older? According to J. Ellsworth Kalas, in his book, I Love Growing Older but I’ll Never Grow Old, this is far from a duh-yes question. Kalas says, “Older is a journey. Old is a destination.” Whereas Kalas’s destination is heaven, for others it might be sourness.

What I address today is how we can get creative to stay on life’s journey and never stop at the destination called bitterness. I’ll give examples to get your creative juices flowing.

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mage courtesy of Sujin Jetkasettakorn at

A person who is “growing older” learns new things.

  • Take a writing or art class and write and illustrate stories for your grandchildren in which they are the main characters.
  • Join a scrapbooking group and learn how to create beautiful albums for each of your children. Go through your boxes of stored photos and select the best. Then pitch the rest so your children don’t have to do that job after you’re gone.
  • Learn to play the guitar or keyboard and visit nursing homes and prisons with your church or other groups and share age-appropriate music.

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A person who is “growing older” develops relationships.

  • Build a friendship with someone who’s older than you.
    • A homebound person. Be consistent in your visit schedule. Bring tea and cookies, read a book together, assemble a 300 large-piece jigsaw puzzle, listen to her stories.
    • A mentor. Look for an expert to teach you a “dying” art: canning, gardening, knitting, tatting lace, woodworking, sewing.
    • An Octogenarian. Record her stories. Start a historical blog and share real life stories.
  • Grow a friendship with someone who’s younger than you.
    • A child without a parent or grandparents. Create a road and businesses and play cars (have a police car for those speeders), play restaurant with plastic food (take turns being a server, a cook, and a patron).
    • Join interest groups attended by people of a wide range of ages. Writers groups, book clubs, a church choir.
  • Schedule “date night” with your spouse whether you have children in your home or not. Try something new. Dancing lessons, a sport, dinner with friends in a different nationality restaurant each week, geocaching.


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A person who is “growing older” helps others.

  • Use your expertizes from your still active or retired career to help others. Help with someone’s taxes, show a novice how to plant a garden, change the oil in a widow’s car, give an art lesson, tutor a student, pray for others.
  • Volunteer in something new to you. In a food pantry, at the voting poles, as a chaperone for a teen mission trip, teaching Sunday school or Vacation Bible School, at Habitat for Humanity, driving people to doctor appointments or the grocery store.
  • Write a blog sharing information you’ve learned. How to: write fiction, research genealogy, make the best deviled eggs, travel across the country in an RV.

Get involved in learning, building relationships, and helping others. You’ll grow older in a wonderful life journey.

What are activities you do to grow older gracefully in your journey?