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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