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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Reading

For the month of Advent, I've filled our coffee-table drawer with all the Christmasy picture books that we own, plus some from the library. Here are some of the Christmas themed picture books we've been reading and have handy for when we feel like curling up on the couch together for a read-aloud.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Lucia Morning in Sweden by Ewa Rydaker
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Santa, Are You for Real? by Harold Myra
Frosty the Snowman by Steven Nelson and Jack Rollins
The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley
Papa Panov's Special Day by Mig Holder, from a folktale adapted by Leo Tolstoy
Lucky Pup's Christmas by Ken Brown
Jacob's Gift by Max Lucado
Turkey for Christmas by Margeurite de Angeli*

It is a mix of old and new, familiar and fresh, but in no way is it a complete list of "must-reads" for Christmas.

When I look over the Christmasy books we've accumulated, I realize what we are missing: a beautiful picture book of the nativity, preferably with a text straight from Scripture. Have you found such a book?

*This was a new book for us this year, thanks to a tip from Cindy's blog. We loved it. Our Christmas will be leaner this year, so this book, in which the father asks the kids to choose between presents or a turkey for dinner, helped us put life into perspective! Even our lean Christmas is a heap of blessing, isn't it?

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