Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Books for the Family

There are tons of lists floating around out there for great Christmas books. I have found many of the ones on my own list from other bloggers. In fact, a while back The Gray Matters posted about the cutest idea to wrap a Christmas book for each day leading up to December 25th to create an Advent Calendar of books.

In my efforts to try this, I bought a ton of Christmas books for the kids. Of course, you know me … I never actually found time to follow through on this idea, but it did leave us with a big stack of really great books to read at this time of year, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.


 For the kids

The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson is absolutely MY new favorite book for kids. It just arrived last week, and I love the story and the message. Sometimes only one or the other is good, but both the plot and message about giving are great. I also love that the end of the book encourages us to pick out birthday gifts for Jesus via World Vision. There are options for $0 or $1 that even the youngest kids can ‘afford’ to purchase.

The Animals’ Christmas by Catharine Gardam was given to us by my aunt, along with many other books she had been holding onto since my childhood. Our copy of this book may be as old as I am, and it’s another one of my favorites. This is such a great story about how God’s love affects us all, even the animals who sneak out of the farm to have their own special Christmas celebration.

For my little guy

 Who Was Born This Special Day? By Eve Bunting and Leonid Gore is a beautiful picture book with a simple story that asks who was born on Christmas day, going through various animals before arriving at the baby Jesus. You might have to keep the paper pages away from those little hands, but the story is simple and the pictures are gorgeous.

Who is Coming to Our House? By Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff is a cute and simple story of the animals in the stable asking the question: Who is coming to our house? Each animal tells what they will do to prepare. The Boy loves looking at the animals on each page.

Especially for my girly girl

The Little Shepherd Girl by Juliann Henry is a different take on the telling of Jesus’ birth. The main character is a little girl who wishes to be a shepherd in a time when that job was really only for boys. The night that she finally has the opportunity tend to the flock turns out to be the very first Christmas.

The Nutcracker is such a classic story, and my little girly girl really loves it. For now, she’s content with the ballerinas and sugar plum fairy, but I hope that she will also appreciate the larger story of the magic of love as she grows up.

For me

The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel walks us through modern holiday traditions like putting lights on the Christmas tree, baking, and sending Christmas Cards. It provides background information to help parents explain to children how they can find Jesus within these traditions. Did you know that the word Bethlehem means the ‘house of bread’? I didn’t! The page on ‘baking’ talks about how this holiday tradition really has a rich, meaningful history that relates to the Bread of Life. I love that this book allows us to relate many of the things we’re already doing right back to the true meaning of the season.


30 Days With Mary is an e-book I ordered a couple of years ago when I was pregnant. It offers a small prayer or story from the Bible to or about Mary. I loved reading it in the days that led up to Christmas while I was pregnant. It almost seemed like we were sharing in a similar journey. This book really gives me just a couple of quiet minutes each day to calm and focus on the role of the mother at Christmas time. 

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