Christmas Traditions & Cozy Book HopThursday, December 13, 2012
Here are three books I enjoyed that open up the conversation about three Christmas traditions that are often lost to the overwhelming commercialization of the holiday. Granted all three are not short or quick reads and therefore not great for real young kids, but they are great tools once your kids are old enough to start questioning.
The Christmas Tree
A Tree for Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall goes through all the trees that were used to celebrate Jesus throughout his life and death. For example, when Jesus was born, he was laid in a manger, a manger made of wood - "We needed a tree for Christmas." Many examples are include, like when Jesus calmed the storm while at sea, to the palm branches waved as Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. This is a cute concept that helps keep Christ in the center of Christmas.
The Candy Cane
The Candymaker's Gift: The Legend of the Candy Cane by David and Helen Haidle is a wonderful story centered on the origin of the traditional candy cane. This a wonderful book that shares the well know origins of the candy cane as a story. And it includes fun activities to do with kids to help drive the story home. Plus a wonderfully concise list of scripture for each aspect of the candy cane - I highly recommend this one for your family collection!
The Christmas Stocking
Legend of the Christmas Stocking by Rick Osborne weaves a story of a little boy who learns the importance of giving, especially out of hard earned funds first. I enjoyed this book, as the story of St Nicholas is hidden within it. If you are a family who doesn't put a Christmas tree or follow the tradition of Santa Claus, this would be a wonderful addition to your collection, as both are left out.