Christmas brings out the child in each of us in ways no other holiday does. Most of us retain happy childhood memories of this special, celebratory season. Some of those memories are nestled inside favorite children’s Christmas books. You know, the ones that make you want to snuggle up next to the fireplace, sip a Christmas-spiced hot drink and enjoy the book all over again.
For me, the book I remember most vividly was a big picture book edition of The Night Before Christmas. I still can recall many of the illustrations from that particular version, and I loved every line in the story. I would page through the book multiple times every day, just to savor it.
But the book I would nominate as my most favorite children’s Christmas book now would be The Nativity by Julie Vivas. I discovered this book as an adult but was so head-over-heels with the charm of its illustrations and warmth of its story, that I had to grab the book off the store’s shelf and head home with the treasure.
The storyline is, of course, predictable: Jesus’s birth. But the author-illustrator captures the event in a way that reminds us of the everyday-ness of this extraordinary pregnancy and delivery. One illustration shows Mary, truly great with child, standing by the donkey as she prepares for the journey. Mary is wearing her house slippers because, as women know, swollen feet don’t like regular shoes. And Joseph looks as though he’s puzzling over how to hoist the “great with child” mother-to-be onto the donkey.
I found myself smiling over every illustration and revisiting the biggest Christmas story of them all with fresh eyes.
What’s your favorite children’s Christmas book? In what ways does that story remind you of what all the holiday fuss is about?
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