Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas! (with Jodie Berndt)

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Day 9: Favorite Childhood Christmas Memory

Today our guest is my friend Jodie Berndt. You may recognize her from past Christmas giveaways. She is a speaker and the bestselling author of the Praying the Scriptures series for Children, Teens, and Adult Children. And now, welcome Jodie!

I had two grandmothers growing up. One of my grandmothers had all the gifts wrapped, tagged and stored in her sewing room closet by September. My other grandma never gave us anything—at least not something you could wrap. She just prayed for us and, in return, she asked us to memorize a Bible verse (one she chose) as our gift to her every year.


As a child, I did NOT like Bible-Verse Gammy’s approach. I much preferred wrap-and-tag Grandma. But now, as a mom with four kids and a grandchild of her own, I see the wisdom in Bible Gammy’s approach. All the verses she asked us to memorize, year after year, have done more for my wisdom, strength, and joy than any dollhouse or new bicycle ever could. And I am confident that Gammy’s prayers released more untold blessings (and protected me from more untold harms) than I could ever imagine. Truly, prayer is the best gift we can give to the people we love! And Gammy’s prayers and scriptures is my most treasured Christmas memory.

For our question today, what is one childhood memory of Christmas you truly treasure? Tell us in the comments section and you could win my giveaway!

Day 9 Giveaway

For day nine, Jodie is giving away a three-book bundle including Praying the Scriptures for Your Children: 20th Anniversary Edition, Praying the Scriptures for Your Teens, and Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children.

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Jodie Berndt is the bestselling author of the Praying the Scriptures series for Children, Teens, and Adult Children. A natural speaker and Bible teacher, Jodie has appeared on Focus on the Family, the 700 Club, and a host of popular podcasts, and she has written for Fox News, Club31Women, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and other media outlets. Jodie has four adult children; she and her husband, Robbie, live in Virginia.

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Day 1 with Shannon Acheson

Day 2 with Amber Smith

Day 3 with Bella Schwenk

Day 4 with Andrea Brouwer

Day 5 with Nicki Koziarz

Day 6 with Alexis Joseph

Day 7 with Kia Stephens

Day 8 with Chrystal Evans Hurst

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  • Driving with my Dad to Holland Mi to visit my Grandparents on Christmas Eve. It was usually snowing and we would sing.

  • Going to Grandmas on Christmas Eve. My dad had 9 siblings and all of us would gather in Grandmas tiny farmhouse. Santa would always make an appearance.

  • Spending Christmas Eve with my dads entire family and Christmas Day with my moms entire family. It was so great to be with all our family during the holidays.

  • My favorite memories are spending time with both sets of grandparents and all my cousins! My grandparents are in heaven now, so the memories are so nice!

  • Spending Christmas Eve @ my grandparents’ house because the roads were completely snowed over—we were within 5 blocks of our house & had to return to their house to spend the night. Love that memory!

  • My favorite Christmas memory was when we we hosted both sides of the family (my parents and my in-laws) for Christmas! My boys were sooooo little and there was so much excitement to have all the grandparents together, spoiling us :)

  • This is a correction to one posted earlier with a list embedded in it!

    One of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood is my parents hosting Christmas dinner every year for all the single Airmen in my Dad’s unit when we were overseas.

    As an adult my favorite memories have been surprising one child or the other with something they really wanted at Christmas. For one a Cabbage Parch doll and finding one after all the stores had sold out or for the other child, a Star Wars spacecraft, also sold out in our hometown and 3 surrounding states, but found in California four days before Christmas and we were going to have Christmas in Texas. By the way UPS and a very nice driver saved the day. On Christmas Ev

  • One of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood is my parents hosting Christmas dinner for all the single Airmen in my Dad’s unit when we were overseas.

    As an adult my favorite memories have been surprising one child or the iPhone Case
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    Perfume other with something they really wanted at Christmas. For one a Cabbage Parch doll and finding one after all the stores had sold out or for the other child, a Star Wars spacecraft, also sold out in our hometown and 3 surrounding states, but found in California four days before Christmas and we were going to have Christmas in Texas. By the way UPS and a very nice driver saved the day. On Christmas Eve he worked until all deliveries were made.

  • We would rotate which grandparents house we would spend Christmas at. We live in the south so it was always a treat to go to OH for a white Christmas. Sled rides to the store around the corner for a piece of candy was a tradition.

  • When I was 8 or 9 I got a cabbage patch doll! Was excited, but the best part was my aunt, who is 10yrs older than me got one too… She jumped up and down so much that I thought she was going to go through the floor! It was the BEST!

  • I remember getting a bike one year for Christmas. My brothers picked up the bike and held it in the air so I could ride it in the house since it was too snowy and icy outside.