What are your favorite family traditions during the Christmas Season?
Some of ours are as simple as reading the same books every year and looking through our Christmas scrapbooks, sharing stories about previous years memories! And who can forget listening to the reading of the story of baby Jesus and singing Silent Night?
Of course, we didn’t have all of these fabulous books right away when we had children. The collection has grown over the past 15 years. Now, as the kids get older, I dream of the day when I get to cuddle a grandchild and read them the same books I read their parents.
As the years go by, my children tend to pick one or two of the books as their favorites. Then as one of their gifts, I purchase that book to put in their keepsake/future box, so that they have a small collection for when they have children!
This idea was inspired by my parents and grandparents. As a little girl, every Christmas I received a special ornament with a gift to put in my ornaments box, so that when I got married I had a box of special ornaments with a story behind them. We are also continuing this idea of special ornaments for our children, but this way it is the gift that keeps giving through the generations…hopefully.
Here is a list of our family’s favorite Christmas books:
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
The Legend of the Christmas Tree
The Visit of the Wise Men by Martha Jander
The Beggar’s Blessing by Mark Hamby
Josie’s Gift by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Away in the Manager by Thomas Kinkade – teaches the song to illustration
The Story of St. Nicholas by Cheryl Odden- Voice of the Martyrs
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