The Story and the Spirit

I love having a mix of Christmas books that share both the story and the spirit of the holiday.  For me it’s important to be able to reach my children in a number of ways when teaching them about Christmas.

The story of Christmas is very important; I want them to know the who, what and where.  I want them to understand what we believe to be true in the story.

I also want them to understand the spirit of the holiday – everything that the Birth of Jesus is meant to inspire in our lives.  Love, charity, joy and so much more.  I want to give them books that challenge what they see in the stores and on T.V. – I want to inspired a love of a simpler way to celebrate so I love books that show simple, quiet celebrations with family.

These are some of my favorites – old and new.  They are books I poured over as a child and books I’m excited to add to our collection.

These are two new additions to our collection for this year:
A retelling of the Nativity
and
A book for explaining important symbols of Advent, Christmas and the figures of the Nativity to small children – each explanation is followed by a short prayer.
 

{This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.  If you’re interested in a title shared here – click on the picture and it will take you to Amazon.com.  If you make a purchase from that link I receive a small percentage of the sale which helps me keep my family in good books that I love to share with you!}

What are some of your old and new favorites?  Do you stick just to the story or is it the spirit of the thing that moves you?

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