Day 23 Christ Centered Christmas Books

December 10, 2012 4 Comments

Day 23 Christ Centered Christmas Books.

At the beginning of December I always get my favorite Christmas stories and wrap them up under the Christmas tree. You might remember that I don’t give my kids presents on Christmas morning, however, I do like giving presents I just don’t want it to eclipse the real meaning of Christmas. So If there is something I really want my kids to have that will ADD to the spirit (the real spirit) of Christmas than I wrap it up early and leave a little note from the Christmas Angel (more on that later) under the tree. A Few new picture Books about Jesus definitely qualify as adding to the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas in the Trenches

The outbreak of war in 1914 was greeted with euphoria by many in Europe, and it was widely believed that the conflict would be “over by Christmas.” In the event, millions of men were destined to spend the first of four seasons away from their families and loved ones. Amid the shortages, tedium, and dangers of life in the trenches, those at “the sharp end” remained determined to celebrate Christmas as a time of comradeship and community, a time when war could be set aside, if only for a day. Unlike the famous Christmas truce of 1914, the Christmas experiences in other years and on other fronts have received scant attention. Alan Wakefield has trawled the archives of the Imperial War Museum, National Archives, and National Army Museum to provide a fascinating selection of first-hand accounts of the six wartime Christmases of the First World War.

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A Candle in the Forest

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I love this book because it includes 8 beautifully illustrated stories that are not common. Each one of them has a beautiful message about the true meaning of Christmas

A Christmas Dress for Ellen

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This is a very touching true story about a poor, poor pioneer family who had nothing but the hope of a small Christmas package from their cousins for Christmas. Day after day the package never arrived and finally Christmas Eve the father returned home empty handed. Several hours later the package actually arrived and the postmaster knowing the dire circumstance of the family had to decide how he would spend his Christmas Eve. This is his story. Be prepared to cry!

Christmas in the Morning

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Rob wants to get his father something special for Christmas this year — something that shows how much he really loves him. But it’s Christmas Eve, and he doesn’t have much money to spend. What could he possibly get? Suddenly, Rob thinks of the best gift of all…

Christmas For a Dollar

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It’s 1931 in Bakersfield, California. America is in the midst of the Depression, and the Kamp family is struggling to get by, especially after Mrs. Kamp s untimely death. Now little Ruthie, with her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills resulting from her brother s polio, expects another Christmas without presents or festivities. But when her father brings home one dollar in change and lets the children use it to buy special gifts for each other, the Kamps come to find that money isn t what fills Christmas with joy, love, and miracles.

The Other Wise Man

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A Piece of Silver

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Daniel is a little homeless boy who lives on the streets of Bethlehem. His only possesion is a silver ring that he wears around his neck. Daniel is blessed to see the baby born in Bethlehem and faces the wants to honor him with a gift of his own. Can he give away his ring?

A Candle in the Window

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Emily is only eight years old, but full of faith and love. She is so sure that her mother, who passed away that year will come and visit sometime during Christmas night that she puts a candle in the window to guide her on her way. This is her story of a real Christmas Miracle.

The Candy Makers Gift

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The Candymaker’s Gift put spiritual truths into a charming story of the origin of the candy cane. It focuses on the importance of Jesus, the one whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. The scripture that is presented is challenging and possibly life-changing.

The Legend of the Christmas Stockings

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This wonderful Christmas tale, set in the late 1800s, shares the touching story of a young boy named Peter. He sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea, and he’s been saving a bit of his earnings to buy a model schooner in the woodworker’s shop. But after Uncle Jim, the woodworker, 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 Gift of the Magi

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In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.

The Christmas Train

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As a boy, Tommy yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning he got exactly that a train that operated through the miracle of electricity. Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had an beautiful oil tanker car, which little Tommy wanted for his own. Soon after, Tommy s mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor s home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn t notice the missing train car. However, a remorseful Tommy did. What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home.

A Christmas Bell for Anya
Warning: This story is sad

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During the winter of 1917, all of Russia had fallen into dark and tumultuous times as the reign of the Czars came to a bitter and violent end. But in a small Siberian village famous for producing the finest Christmas bells in the world, the townspeople made their usual preparations for a Christmas tradition that went back many generations. For eight-year-old Anya and her widowed father, this Christmas had special significance. This Christmas, Anya was one of the girls chosen from the village to ring in Christmas morn with her very own Christmas bell.

The Tale of the Three Trees

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Once upon a mountaintop, three trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. Each of their dreams come true in the most unexpected of ways.

All Is Well

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Superficially a tale about a little girl who does her absolute level best to rescue her Mum from bills that can’t be paid, in fact this is a extremely effective story about hope, and the faithfulness of God.

Annika’s Secret Wish

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In turn-of the-century Sweden, finding the almond hidden in the rice pudding is the Christmas Eve highlight for many children, since it means a chance to wish…for a new pair of snowshoes, a mountain of truffles coated with cocoa, an adorable kitten. For ten long years–all of her life–Annika has dreamed of discovering the almond in her own pudding. Will this be her year?

God Bless Your Way

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Based on the song by Hilary Weeks. Mary and Joseph weren’t the only ones turned away from the inn at Bethlehem. In this new Nativity story, a widower named Micah travels the crowded road to return to the town of his birth. Just in front of him a young woman, heavy with child, rides in the back of a donkey. Her husband leads the way, walking slowly to make the ride smoother. Every so often the young woman turns toward Micah, offering gentle words of encouragement as he hobbles along behind them. And each time they stop for water, she makes sure that her husband offers Micah a sip. When they arrive at Bethlehem, Micah and the young couple go their separate ways. Micah wearily wanders the streets for shelter, a place to eat, and some way to fill his loneliness. Although he doesn’t receive what he wants, he does receive what he needs–a warm quilt, a loaf of bread, and in the end, an invitation to come inside a small stable.

Saint Francis And the Nativity

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Where did the tradition of displaying a manger scene come from? Find out in Saint Francis and the Nativity, an engaging story that weaves together the history of the first nativity with the fictional story of Mario, a young shepherd boy, who helps Saint Francis of Assisi find a way to visually display the true meaning of Christmas.

The Gift of the Christmas Cookie

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It’s the Christmas season during a time when people had little money to spend. Cookie jars held pennies, not Christmas cookies. So when Jack smells something delicious coming from the kitchen, he can’t believe his nose. Cookies! But his excitement turns to disappointment when he learns the cookies aren’t for him. Instead, Mother is baking them for the needy people at their church. While Jack helps roll out the dough, his mother tells him the legend of the Christmas cookie

When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem

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Absolutely beautiful, poignant pictures accompany the scriptural telling of the Saviors birth. I read these same scriptures to my children every christmas, how nice it will be to have them all together with pictures to go with them.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

A Christmas Carol

The Mansion- 100th year anniversary Edition

Did I miss any books? What is your favorite Christ Centered Christmas Book?

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Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. Monsieur Merritt says:

    I love this list of books, my wife has bought about half of them already, and they are fast becoming family favorites.

  2. shaina says:

    awesome, those are great books I need to do some shopping!

  3. Lorraine McKay says:

    Wow, who knew there were so many great choices out there. It makes me long for little ones to tuck into bed and read to. I’ll never forget my mom reading to us and how eagerly we looked forward to each night’s progression of the story. But our books didn’t have such marvelous illustrations. Your children are blessed.

  4. Fiona says:

    For really little ones Mortimers Christmas Manger is really sweet, the legend of the candy cane is good too!

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