Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Children's Christmas Books

In honor of Christmas being 4 days away, I decided to write a post on some of my favorite children's books about Christmas.  I love the advent season, but sometimes it is easy to lose focus on preparing our hearts for the arrival of Christ, and instead concentrating on what material items we want, getting the best toys for our kids and obsessing over food and gift giving.  While I of course want the advent season to be fun for the children, I also want them to be reminded that no toy will fulfill their desire for Christ and more often than not, most of their new beloved toys (and clothes) will be tossed aside in a couple of months.  These books have helped me to get that message across, but I would love to hear your tips as well!  

A Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado.  A Crippled Lamb is a sweet story about a lamb who was born with a disability and always felt left out and left behind.  At the end of the book, he learns that God has a special place for all of us and to trust in God's plan instead of our own.  

The Three Christmas Gifts by Jennie Bishop.  This book is about a princess who has become spoiled and does not appreciate her gifts and does not remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Her parents decide to only give her three special gits in attempt to cure her of her selfishness.  She begins to realize what it is truly important and that "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) 

24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus, Ignatius Press  This collection of stories contains shorter stories that a younger child can sit through and that can also keep an older child's attention.  There is one story to read on every night of advent as the children await the birth of Jesus.  The stories vary from retelling of the biblical stories to modern day lessons of unselfishness.  

Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman. This book is not a Christmas book, but it is great for anyone who is expecting a baby.  The pictures detail the baby growing inside the mother's womb and reassure the child of their guardian angels.  

The Christmas Story.  These books are great because they are personalized.  

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