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Favorite Christmas Books

Last week the kids and I made a trip to the library, arms loaded with Thanksgiving books to return. We left with an even bigger stack — heavy enough to rival Santa’s yearly cookie intake. We had found the Christmas books.

I wanted to pass along a few of the titles because I think they’re worth your time. Whether you have a child or just want to feel like one again, I would encourage you to check these books out.

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Only A Star by Margery Facklam: This book answers the question, Were there any decorations on that first Christmas? It is an earthy, yet fanciful depiction of the nativity. Facklam makes even the most ordinary bits of creation — including dust and slugs — shimmer in the light of the Christchild. And this book is as beautiful as it is imaginative. Nancy Carpenter’s illustrations are absolutely stunning.

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How Santa Claus Had a Long and Difficult Journey Delivering His Presents by Fernando Krahn: Without using a single word, this book tells a story full of magic and humor. You will enjoy helping Santa solve his sleigh problems. You’ll get lost in the intricate, and often silly, details of the illustrations. And you might be left wondering whether even the Jolly Old Elf himself depends on a higher power. This book is tons of fun for young and old alike!

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A Dragon Christmas: Things to Make and Do by Loreen Leedy: The same dragons who brought us last month’s pumpkin cornbread recipe are at it again. While enjoying their Christmas festivities, the dragons share with us their great ideas on all things homemade: Christmas cards, decorations, gifts, gift wrap, and of course recipes. This crafty little book will help keep those busy little hands occupied when you’re stuck inside on cold, yucky days.

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The Oxford Christmas Book for Children by Roderick Hunt: This one has it all: the biblical account of Christ’s birth, traditional Christmas stories, poetry, crafts, true stories and legends behind our Christmas customs, Christmas around the world, cartoons, puzzles, recipes, and even a comic strip about King Wenceslas. This one book could easily occupy you for the entire month of December.

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Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones: Okay, this one didn’t come from the library, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway. It’s the latest book from Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible. And it tingles my spine. It’s the story of how creation itself might have responded when its Creator came down. It whispers and it shouts, and it pulses with anticipation. After just one reading my 2-year-old was chanting, “It’s time! It’s time!” Add to that the beautiful artwork by Alison Jay, and this one instantly became a Christmas tradition that our family will repeat for years to come.

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What about you? Any favorite Christmas books you can recommend?

 

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