A New Christmas Tradition for My Family

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There’s a certain charm to stuffed monkeys, isn’t there?

Well, my kids think so, at least.

Particularly a new friend in our house named Melk the Christmas Monkey.

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“Say what?” you ask.

Yes, his name is Melk. (And if you’re like me, you might be wondering how in the world he got his name…but more about that momentarily.)

Melk the Christmas Monkey was introduced to our family through a book written by Katie Horner. Katie is a homeschooling mom to five children, and she and her husband are missionaries in Mexico.

Being a busy wife, mom, and servant of God, Katie is one of my role models when it comes to stewarding her time well. And as a faithful steward, she has written this wonderful book that is geared toward helping parents be intentional about teaching spiritual truths to children in a way that is engaging and enjoyable for them.

I’m a big fan of fun traditions; I was blessed to grow up in a family with lots of them. But let’s just be honest; there are only so many days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and only so many hours in each of those days. And as good stewards of those moments of each hour, and those hours of each day, I’m learning that it’s possible and even critical to infuse eternal significance into the traditions we enjoy.

And that’s where Melk comes in. Everything about him is purposeful, bearing spiritual significance.

Even his name:

Melchior Noel Yule.

How’s that for a mouthful?

But it’s a name rich with meaning about wise men who sought a King, and about birthdays, and especially about one very special birthday we celebrate on a day called Christmas.

In her book, Katie has provided 30 days of simple Bible lessons with Scripture covering various aspects of God’s character, including vital truths about salvation. The suggested activities coincide beautifully with each day’s lesson, providing more opportunities for discussion and enrichment of the biblical truths presented. Not to mention they’re just plain fun!

Katie has offered a generous discount for my readers; you can get 20% off the book through 11/11/14 using the code MONKEY20.

Want to check it out before purchasing? You can download a free chapter by clicking here.


I hope you’ll head over to Katie’s website by clicking the picture below, and consider starting your own tradition with Melk the Christmas Monkey. Do you have grandchildren, or nieces and nephews? This would be such a meaningful gift for any child in your life. I believe it’s a tradition that will yield much enjoyment and much spiritual fruit in the years to come.


DISCLAIMER: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own truthful opinions; I don’t endorse products I haven’t read and prayerfully considered. Thank you!


Want more encouragement in your Christian walk?

My 30-day devotional, Drawing Near: 30 Days Toward Intimacy With God, is now available on Amazon! Drawing Near 3D cover
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