3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Thursday, December 24, 2009

26 Children's Christmas Books in 25 Days - Day #24

Today our 2 little boys had two wonderful stories to read, the first is probably a Christmas tradition in most homes around the world, and the second lives in the hearts of so many Christians all year round and its TRUTH is reflected in God's Word.  Every year we read The Night Before Christmas . . . . . but a few years ago my best friend Erin gave my boys a really great book for Christmas.  A Creature was Stirring, One Boy's Night Before Christmas, adapted and illustrated by Carter Goodrich.

My mother started a few years ago, coming down on Christmas Eve and being the one to tuck the boys into their beds and reading them both The Night Before Christmas and the story of Jesus birth from God's Word.

A Creature was Stirring is told with a twist, a side by side verse from a young boy who can't seem to fall asleep due to his excitment on Christmas Eve. 

You all know this tale,
but read this, you'll see;
One creature was stirring,
that creature was me!

In the very humerous version of a Night Before Christmas, the focus switches from the father to the son, who is up checking out everything to do with Santa visiting his house, inlcuding slipping out onto the roof to check out the sleigh.  I really don't want to give away all the wonderful fun magic of this story but it truly does thrill me to read this to my 2 little Boys each year because it reminds me so much of my own mischievous boys.  The wonderful thing about this book is that on the left pages the original from of The Night Before Christmas can be read by the adult, and on the right pages a child who can read can participate in reading the story by doing the young boys verses.  Of course another option for those more traditional, would be to skip the boys verese all together and still enjoy the images (but the young curious boys verses really add some humor to the story).  The images in this book are truly wonderful, although Santa reminds me of a red ornament ball painted to look like Santa, Ha.  However, that being said, Santa probably looks more like the original idea of the Jolly Old Elf.  Please take time to find this book and add it to the books you read at Christmas, you will LOVE IT as much as we do.

We end the night by reading the story of Christ's birth from the bible and make sure that the boys continue to recieve the message from us, that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas and is the MOST IMPORTANT PART.

Luke 2:1-14

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."


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