I have to admit, I’m kind of a Christmas freak. I mean, I start getting excited for Christmas on September 1. You see, I have a theory: any month ending in the three letters ber is a “Ber Month” and therefore, closely related to December…the king of all months! The Christmas month! Andrew loves to tease me about my Christmas zeal which, I am proud to say, is not driven by commercialism and the wreaths that go up outside our local shopping mall the day after Halloween.
For me, Christmas is a time of renewed hope, refurbished relationships, and a time to refocus our attentions on the things that really matter in life.
So, as a mother of three young children, reading story books about Christmas is a HUGE part of celebrating the advent season. It’s all a part of getting heart and mind ready for Christmas. So, here’s a short list of my favorite Christmas books for children:
The Littlest Christmas Tree (Janie Jasin)
The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams, ill. Robyn Officer)
The Crippled Lamb (Max Lucado, ill. Liz Bonham)
Three Trees (Angela Elwell Hunt, Tim Jonke)
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born (Rhonda Gowler Greene, ill. Susan Gaber)
Snowman at Christmas (Caralyn Buehner, ill. Mark Buehner)
The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg)
The Night Before Christmas (Clement Moore, updated by Jan Brett)
Even if you’ve NEVER commented on this blog before, please, PLEASE, PLEASE consider adding your two cents in here: what are your favorite holiday books to share with children? There are so many out there and, quite frankly, my book shelves can only hold so many!!! But a virtual book shelf? Now, that has the potential to be endless! Please add to my virtual book shelf with your comment!
(Feel free to add as many of your favorites to the list as you like!)