We had matching sweaters!
I had wanted to write this post and publish it yesterday, but alas I was busy getting some other stuff done and ran out of time. (Which is why I published today’s post yesterday) I’ve been feeling like I needed to add some Christmas themed content on top of my normal fare. (It is the Christmas season after all) I’ve got a couple of ideas turning around in my wee brain, but we’ll see if I have time to get to them done. (Ha! We’ll see)
One of my family’s traditions during the holiday season was to read one Christmas book a day until Christmas. My siblings and I all had our favorites that we picked once a year for my Papa to read. We would all curl up on his lap (Or next to him as we got older… I think we did this well up into our early teens) and listen to his strong voice as he wove the Christmas yarn. I can still smell the coffee on his breath as I leaned in as close as possible to see the colorful pictures.
My father is a fantastic story teller. I think that’s where we all (my siblings and I) got our love for telling stories ourselves. Both of my parents were avid readers and strongly encouraged us to read. (Some of the best winter days were spent after school, when my mom, younger sister and I spent the whole afternoon in the living room reading) This tradition is one I hope to carry on with my kids (if the Lord wills) someday.
Here are some of the books we enjoyed as children. They’d be great Christmas presents and a great way to start a new tradition!
#1. The Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
This was my favorite! Every year this one was my first pick to read (when it was my turn to pick. We all took turns as to avoid sibling quarrels) Three trees all dream about what they want to be someday when they grow up and yet nothing goes according to their dreams. In the end each one plays an important role in Jesus’s life.
#2. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
If any of them can get you wrapped up into the very world of the story, it’s this one. My mom was always guaranteed to cry and my dad to become choked-up. A lonely and angry carpenter is hired by a young widow and her son to carve the Nativity scene. As he carves each piece you learn more about why he is alone and angry. There’s really nothing to say, but that this story is gorgeous.
#3. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
Another one of my personal favorites and another one my mom was guaranteed to cry through, was this precious story about a forgotten lamb, who got to see the very reason we celebrate Christmas.
#4. The Christmas Lizard by Cory Edwards
I do not own this picture.
This was my younger sister’s favorite. I will admit it’s actually really good. (It’s hard to give my siblings credit- No not really) It tells the tale of a curious young lizard named Oscar, who explores the house on Christmas Eve night trying to discover the true meaning of Christmas.
#5. An Angel’s Story by Max Lucado
This is geared more towards older children and even adults. The first time my dad read this to me (I had to be twelve or thirteen) I remember thinking how scary and yet enthralling it was. Definitely worth a read! (A good Christmas gift for yourself if no one else)
#6. The Last Straw by Paula McDonald
It’s a tradition wrapped in a tradition. The McDonald siblings are bickering with each other at Christmas time, when their mother remembers an old family tradition of filling Jesus’s manger with a one piece of straw at a time until it is full. Each straw represents a kind thing you secretly did for someone else. A truly heartwarming story.
#7. Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
Young Jacob is learning to become a carpenter and has entered a contest to show off his skill. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon has not only taught Jacob how to wood work, but that how in giving gifts to God’s children it’s like giving a gift to God. This proves true one quiet night in Bethlehem.
#8. All is Well by Frank Peretti
About a young girl and her mother during an especially difficult Christmas. This story shows that God is always there.
#9. An Amish Christmas by Richard Ammon
Follow a young Amish boy and his sister as they celebrate Christmas and all that entails is this Story.
What were some of your favorite family Christmas traditions? Did you have any favorite Christmas stories? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to know.
Lots of loves,
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