Ok, so I know the Christmas Season officially ended yesterday, but… there’s those side notes that some places celebrate Christmas until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (next Sunday) or even the Presentation of the Lord (Feb 2)…. so counting by those dates, I’ve still got a little time. 😉
Anyways, I wanted to share a few new-to-us (except the first, it was from the library) Christmas books this year.
This was such a cute library find (am hoping to procure it sometime in the next year to add to our collection). It’s about a little mouse, Mortimer, who, unhappy with his dark, cold, mouse hole, goes in search of a better house. He eventually spots a perfect mouse-sized house in the family crèche, the only problem is the miniature figures who live there and must be removed daily…
A sweet story where in the forest animals find Santa asleep, and are nervous that there won’t be Christmas he’s tired… Santa goes on to tell the real Christmas story and how it has nothing to do with him. And yet, he still gives gifts in memory of the real gift: Christmas itself.
Love was the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas, and it still is, you know. And this love is far better than any presents I can ever deliver.
A mother spider and her children help out around the stable where they live. Things such as giving the lamb a cast, mending the roof… When a woman arrives and gives birth the children want to go down and meet the baby (like they do every other animal that is born). One brave little spider does and falls into the manger, Mary rescues him and sends him on home. When the mother spider sees that some men came and left gifts she decides to give a gift too. Working all night, her and her children make twelve diapers. (Such a practical gift).
This is a super simple book. Not a lot of words, beautiful pictures. Tells the story of all the animals bringing something as a gift for the Baby Jesus.
I saw this at Savers and bought it without reading it through very closely, so I missed the fact that there is a calendar that accompanies it. But this is still very usable with out a calendar. (I also put it up on a shelf and promptly forgot about it until half way through Advent, so we’ll do this one next year). Clearly my brain was fully functioning…
Anyways, this book tells the Christmas story in little short narrations (a few paragraphs). One bit of the story every day of December. It starts with a few selections about Isaiah the prophet, moves on to Mary, Joseph, jumps over to the wise men, seeing the star, beginning their journey, and it continues.
I thought it was well organized. A bit more than an Advent Calendar where you just open the windows. Short enough sections you could read it at the breakfast table.