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Some of you asked about my felt nativity. After reading Treasuring God in Our Traditions (love this book…you have to read it!), Julie and I were inspired to make our own felt nativities for our kids. We did some research and decided to combine lots of different ideas and came up with our own. We didn’t really use any patterns, but just looked at lots of different nativities and animal shapes to figure out what pieces we wanted to include. We also came up with a daily reading schedule to go along with each piece. We had talked about sharing it on our blogs this year, but never had time to work on that. Sorry I don’t have anything more to share with you right now. Maybe next year!

Last year I asked you to share some of your favorite Christmas books…ones that help us encourage our children to focus on and celebrate Jesus’ birth. I tried to link to that post so that you could see the complete list but I could not find it anywhere! Thankfully I wrote a bunch of them down to remember for myself, so here is my list so far. The ones with a star beside are ones that we have and love. I haven’t read the entire list, but the rest were recommended by some of you! Feel free to leave other favorites that weren’t included in the comment section.

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Children’s Christmas Books

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck & Felicia Bond*

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

Who is Coming to Our House by Joseph Slate*

The Small One by Alex Walsh

The First Night by B.G. Hennessy*

Christmas Angels by Gwen Ellis*

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer*

What Is Christmas? by Michelle Medlock Adams

One Night in Bethlehem by Jill Roman Lord

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddel*

The Christmas Birdie by Mary Ellen Tippin*

God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Christmas Is… by Gail Gibbons

Alabaster’s Song by Max Lucado

The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt

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Advent Books/Family Devotions For Advent

The Advent Storybook by Antonie Schneider

What God Wants for Christmas Family Life

Why Christmas by Barbara Reaoch

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie

12 Day Holiday Countdown DaySpring*

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My boys have been enjoying our basket of Christmas books. I have several other “fun” Christmas books from my teaching days…we like those too. Funny how since this post is about meaningful Christmas books that Levi is reading Clifford. 🙂

Levi loves having his brother’s full attention and bossing him around. It is so cute to see them “playing” together but it usually only lasts a few minutes before Griffin is on to something else.

Levi can entertain himself though. He was reading with such expression. His faces crack me up.

I wish you could hear the stories he comes up with. He has quite the imagination.

What Christmas books do your kids love?

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  • Angie @ Creating Our Home - Thanks for sharing your list. I love getting new ideas! Levi’s face cracks me up! 🙂
    I shared my list on my blog if you want to check it out.

  • Kristina - We love Santa Mouse and Santa Mouse Where Are You in our house. I read it as a little girl (a hand-me-down from my big brother) and now we have both for our little girl. It is a big favorite around here, and now when ever she sees a Santa – she asks where Santa Mouse is – and then tells us about leaving cheese for him! SO CUTE! 🙂 I also have another favorite (mine though, our daughter isn’t old enough to enjoy this one yet) Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - It doesn’t exactly share the Christmas story but it does highlight the joy of giving,”Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree” is our very favorite Christmas book!

    Merry CHRISTmas!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Simnitt - A book you might want to add to your collection would be the new release, The Sparkle Box. Levi is definitely old enough to begin to grasp this idea and in a few years the boys could both find “giving gifts to Jesus” to be the best thing about Christmas! It’s never too early to start a great tradition!ReplyCancel

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