Dec 102011

15 days until Christmas

 Note: For those of you who saw this post before 2:30 PM, the Bonus Entry has now been changed. Sorry I didn’t catch that earlier.

DM Coffman lived in the People’s Republic of China for four years, teaching at Peking University and South China University of Technology with BYU’s China Teachers Program, and with the US-sponsored WTO China Judicial Training Program at China’s National Judges College and Tsinghua University. Prior to China, DM worked in the legal profession in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the 2011 Whitney Award-nominated suspense thriller, The Hainan Incident, published by Covenant Communications, Inc.; China Through the Eyes of Her Students –a recently released non-fiction book providing a rare glimpse at life in China through personal journals of Chinese students; and A Peking University Coursebook on English Exposition Writing published by Peking University Press. She has also served as editor and foreign consultant for numerous English educational texts published in China. She has a M.Ed. from Brigham Young University and a B.B.A. from National University. She and her husband retired to Spanish Fork, Utah, to be near family.

Connect with D.M.: BLOG | Facebook (DM Coffman)

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LDSWBR: What Christmas-related activity would you like to do this year that you have never done before?

DM: I have given some thought to volunteering time at a homeless shelter/food kitchen. My sister has done this at Thanksgiving time, and says she was amazed at what a spiritually rewarding experience it is.

LDSWBR: If you could find one book under the tree this year, what would it be?

DM: I was impressed to learn at a recent fireside of BYU Professor Royal Skousen’s research work on Joseph Smith’s original manuscript and printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Skousen’s edition (published by Yale University Press) of The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text documents about 600 corrections to our current Book of Mormon, many of which affect meaning. I would love to have a copy of this edition, considered the closest version to Joseph Smith’s original manuscript, as a cross-reference for my scriptures.

LDSWBR: What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

DM: My favorite Christmas memory is of two blown-glass “Santa” Christmas tree lights. When I was a toddler, my parents purchased a strand of lights containing two glass Santa-shaped light bulbs. Year after year, our Christmas tree was extra special because of those unique lights. We never saw replacement bulbs like them. So, after so many years of replacing all the other bulbs on that strand, we began to worry that the Santa lights would burn out and we wouldn’t be able to replace them. They had really become an important part of our annual celebration!

Each year, when we got out the Christmas decorations, we watched and worried to see if those Santa lights would work. Somehow, we felt that if those Santa lights didn’t light up, Christmas would not be the same. Well, those unique Santa lights burned year after year for more than twenty years. It wasn’t until a few years after I had moved away from home as an adult that I learned of the Santa lights finally burning out. I consider it a special Christmas miracle that those lights brightened every year of my childhood Christmas memories.

LDSWBR: How amazing that the Santa lights lasted so long! Thank you, D.M. Merry Christmas!

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Did you have a Christmas item or decoration in your childhood that became so much of a tradition that it just didn’t feel like Christmas without it?

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Book prizes donated by their authors:

  • Not My Type by Melanie Jacobson
  • Cinder & Ella by Melissa Lemon (ebook)
  • Pride & Popularity by Jenni James
  • The Kissing Tree by Prudence Bice
  • Rearview Mirror by Stephanie Black (paperback or Kindle)
  • The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry
  • Winner’s choice of one of the books in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series by Josi S. Kilpack (including Banana Split which will be released in February 2012)
  • Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden
  • Obsession by Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Indelible by Lani Woodland and a swag bag!
  • Identity by Betsy Love
  • The Hainan Incident by D.M. Coffman (autographed copy)
  • Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford
  • Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett
  • The Breakup Artist by Shannen Crane Camp
  • Seers by Heather Frost
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  8 Responses to “The Hainan Incident by D. M. Coffman – Countdown to Christmas 2011”

  1. I think the only item that it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without would be the Christmas tree, all the other decorations to me are just not that important.

  2. Tooth brushes in our stockings. I still wait every year for the tooth brush! I have been to Italy and Switzerland and would love to go other places someday. I follow on twitter and like on FB. Thanks! :)

  3. My mom always insisted on hanging tinsel (we called it “icicles”) on our tree when I was a kid — it just wasn’t decorated without the tinsel. Of course, once I left home and had my own family, I thought it was just way too messy!

    If you count going across the border into Canada, then I have traveled outside the United States! :) I’d love to visit Europe someday — see places like England, Ireland and Switzerland.

  4. We had an old nativity set that was actually pretty large and unique always set up in our living room. If that wasn’t there it would not have felt like the decorations were complete.

    I have traveled to England and Scotland for a Study Abroad. I went to Argentina on my mission and most recently went to Brazil, which I loved! I need to get to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, Italy someday because I teach about the history of those countries as a 6th grade teacher.

  5. This is really corny but the Christmas countdown chains (made of paper stapled together) and chocolate countdowns are tradition in our home. It really wouldn’t seem like Christmas without them.

    I served a mission in England. I want to go back to visit and be able to see more historical sites that I wasn’t able to travel to then. I have also been to New Zealand to visit my parents while they were serving in the mission office.

    I follow via Facebook.

    I also follow via email.

  6. Yes… Christmas morning wasn’t complete until I put our record of Perry Como’s Christmas music on to play. THEN we were allowed to begin the festivities. :)

  7. I’ve traveled to Canada a few times. It is beautiful.

  8. I grow up as an Army Brat and we traveled all over and lived in other countries. I always wish to go back and visit these places as an adult. As a a kid, you don’t appreciate the opportunity to see them. But you do feel a special love for your own country and appreciate all the freedoms and blessing we enjoy.

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