I know, it’s not Christmas yet, and it isn’t even December! However, it’s never too soon to make plans to enjoy a meaningful holiday. Too often our Christmas traditions fail to include “the reason for the season.” This book, aimed at children from 4-8, will help families explain why we do some of the things we do at Christmas.
The charming story begins with a family setting out to purchase a Christmas tree. The children are excited, but Dad is disturbed. “Why is Christmas so much about trees, decorations, and gift giving?” he grumbles. At the tree farm they meet an older man who tells them the story of the Christmas tree, and how over the years it was used to symbolize important Christian beliefs. He gives them a gift to open when they decorate their tree.
As the family returns home, they talk about the things they have learned, and are able to incorporate some of them into the decorations of the tree they have chosen. The gift turns out to be a star for the top of the tree, a reminder of how the wise men found Jesus by following the star.
VERDICT: 4 STARS. It may be a bit difficult for preschoolers, but elementary age children will enjoy it. A wonderful way to focus on the true meaning of the Christmas holiday.
For more books for children see these posts:
Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton — Book Review
Dream Big, My Precious One by Jill Roman Lord–Book Review
I Am -The Names of God for Little Ones by Diane Stortz–Book Review