Christmas Traditions & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, 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.





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18 comments

  1. Oh, I've wanted the Candymaker's Gift. I just haven't had the opportunity to get it yet. It sounds great. Have a terrific Christmas!

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. There are many great books with the Candy Cane story, but this particular one has so many great extras at the end, I hope you have the chance to add this one to your library

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  2. I'm excited to check these books out!

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    1. Let me know what you think!

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  3. I just picked up a coloring book with the legend of the candy cane for my granddaughter.

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    1. What a fun way to open a great discussion! Kids seem so receptive to discussing things while their hands are occupied

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  4. My daughter goes to a Christian school - they are doing the legend of the candy cane for their class presentation for the Christmas Open House.

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    1. Love it! What a great gift for her to be part of

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  5. Oh my! More books I need to check out!! Hoping I can find them at the library before Christmas arrives!

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    1. I hope you can find them - if not make a list for next year!

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  6. I never even heard of the Legend of Candy Cane but I am going to go buy it for my son and nieces. Thank you for sharing!

    I hope you are having a lovely week my dear and thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come back and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

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    1. Oh it really would be a great addition to any Christmas book collectiong

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  7. I love Christmas books. I'll be adding these to my list of ones to buy for the kids.

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    1. All great options! Of course there are many many great ones...

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  8. I haven't read any of these books! Thanks for sharing with the Thrive @ Home community!

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  9. Marissa, thanks for stopping by my site and inviting me to link up with this party. I'm really wanting to read "A Tree for Christmas". Hadn't heard of it before your review, but it's just what I'm looking for for my children. Blessings in HIM, Gin

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    1. I'm so glad you decided to stop by! It isn't a very popular book, but it does provide a nice place to start a discussion about the focus of Christmas and the need for a tree...

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