Every Christmas while my children were growing up, they were given a Christmas book that focused on the real meaning of Christmas. Before they went to bed on Christmas Eve, they got to open the book and read it. It was such a treasured tradition, that my Mom painted the picture above of my Dad reading to my children on one of those Christmas Eves.
We decided to compile a list of books for you that are not only beautifully written and illustrated, but that also focus on the true meaning of Christmas. This is just a small number of books. We would love to add to the list, so if any of you have suggestions please list them in the comment section.
Alabaster's Song: Christmas Through the Eyes of an Angel
By Max Lucado
A touching story of a young boy who befriends a Christmas angel. Only a the young boy can hear the song of Alabaster, the little angel on the Christmas tree. This delightful story of a boy and a gap-toothed cherub teaches the value and wonder of childlike faith.
The Candle in the Window
By Grace Johnson
This is a long book but well worth reading. It can be broken up over several nights. It tells the sweet story of a German cobbler who waits for Christ to visit him. Throughout the night, he has visitors who need his help. By the end of the book, the reader realizes that Christ has indeed visited.
The Candymaker's Gift
By David and Helen Haidle
This is the story of a kind candy maker who wanted to make a special candy for his granddaughter that would help her understand the real meaning of Christmas. In the back of the book, there are ideas for candy cane celebrations and decorations as well as the meaning of the candy cane and scripture verses about God's greatest gift.
The Crippled Lamb
By Max Lucado
This is one of my most favorite books. It is the story of a little lamb who is left behind when the rest of the sheep get to go to a new meadow. But he soon discovers that he is right where is is suppose to be and he learns that God has a special place for those who are often left out.
God Gave Us Christmas
By Lisa Tawn Bergren
In this book, Mama Bear explains to Baby Cub how God gave Christmas to the world. She helps her cub to understand that God is more important than Santa.
By Max Lucado
Jacob is a young boy with a gift for carpentry who is busy finishing up a project for a contest. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon, not only instructs him in carpentry, but also teaches him important lessons about God. Rabbi has just taught Jacob that when you give a gift to one of God's children, it's like giving a gift to God. The night before the contest while working on his project, Jacob has fallen asleep in the workshop and is awakened by a bright light. The light is a star which is directly over Jacob's father's stable. As he approaches the stable, he sees a man, a woman, and a newborn baby which is laying in the straw. Remembering what Rabbi Simeon had told him, Jacob returns to the workshop and takes his project (a feeding trough) to the new family. The morning of the contest, the Rabbi pleased to find out that Jacob has acted upon the lesson he learned and has truly given a gift to God.
The Legend of the Candy Cane
By Lori Walburg
This is another variation of the story of the candy cane but we included it because it not only explains the meaning of the candy cane but it also reminds us of the importance of sharing the gospel of Christ with others. It is also beautifully illustrated.
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking
By Rick Osborne
This is a touching story of a young boy named Peter who sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea. He’s been saving a bit of his earnings to buy a model schooner in the woodworker’s shop. But after Pastor Spring tells him the story of St. Nicholas, Peter discovers the meaning behind the hanging and filling of Christmas stockings and learns a heartfelt lesson in kindness and generosity.
The Legend of the Christmas Tree
By Rick Osborne
When the Johnson family goes to get a Christmas tree, they learn the story of how the evergreen tree first became a symbol of Christmas and how it was used to tell people about God.
Mary, Did You Know?
By Mark Lowery
This book was inspired by the Christmas song written by Mark Lowery. It beautifully tells the story of Jesus's life. Try to read it without singing. I dare you!
The Night the Stars Danced For Joy
By Bob Hartman
This is the retelling of the first Christmas through the eyes of a shepherd family. The artwork is amazing.
One Wintry Night
By Ruth Graham Bell
This book is longer than the others in our list. It can be read a chapter at a time. A young boy is caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in a cabin built by his grandfather. The woman living there takes care of him during the storm and fills the time by retelling the Christmas story beginning with creation and concluding with the resurrection.
Room for a Little One
By Martin Waddell
In the stable next to an inn, Kind Ox is just settling in for the night when Old Dog comes into the stable. Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who in turn makes room for Stray Cat, who then makes room for Small Mouse--and each time, the larger animal says to the small, "There's always room for a little one here." Finally, Tired Donkey comes by, carrying Joseph and Mary, who asks "Where will my child be born?" Kind Ox replies, "There is always room for a little one here." And so, Jesus is born in the stable with the animals all around Him.
The Stable Where Jesus Was Born
By Rhonda Gowler Greene
This sweet retelling of the Nativity, told in cumulative rhyme, captures the excitement and anticipation of those who witnessed the birth of the Christ Child -- from Mary and Joseph to the barn cats and mice.
The Visit of the Wise Men
By Martha Gander
An accurate portrayal of the Magi, dispelling minunderstandings that put three Wise Men at Jesus birthplace. This wonderful read-to-me book explains that the Magi were educated men who recognized that divine signs of the Messiahs birth. The first Gentiles to worship Jesus, these men responded to a dream and did not tell Herod where Jesus was. The Visit of the Wise Men helps children discover the importance of the places, people, timing, and circumstances of Jesus birth. Children learn that Jesus came as God in the flesh to die for the forgiveness of sins.
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