The Greatest Christmas Story Ever Told – The Christmas Story
While Christmas abounds with some wonderful and memorable stories and tales of many different Christmas occasions, filled with Santa and reindeer and toys – the true story of Christmas is by the far, the greatest ever told. The story of the birth of Jesus is the backbone of Christianity and the reason for the season, as it were, and why we celebrate this incredible event in the world’s history. The Nativity and the tale of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of a baby in a manger, the shepherd’s tales and the Angel Gabriel bringing tidings of great joy – are all the inspiration to most of our Christmas hymns and most popular carols. While Santa Claus and the more modern telling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” create our cultural and retail backdrop every year, the Nativity story is what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. There are many versions, hundreds and thousands of books and stories related to the Nativity, but here are just a few of the magical telling’s of this story, geared specifically towards children. They are meaningful at all times of the year in the Christian faith but certainly during the time of true magic – known as Christmas.
Listing of books courtesy of amazon.com.
The Christmas Story
By Jane Werner Watson
First published in 1952, this classic Little Golden Book retelling of the Christmas story was illustrated by beloved artist Eloise Wilkin. Its simple but poetic text gently invites children to hear the story of Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem.
God Gave Us Christmas
Lisa Tawn Bergren
“Who invented Christmas? “Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head on a polar expedition to find God and see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that Jesus is the best present of all.
By Geraldine Elschner
Exquisite artwork with gold foil and a skillfully written text convey the universal appeal of the Christmas story to children of all ages. The account of Jesus’ birth, familiar to children around the world, is powerfully retold here. Giotto’s unsurpassed fresco cycle of the Nativity brings the story to vibrant life, while Geraldine Elschner’s thoughtful text engages readers young and old.
The Christmas Baby
By Marion Dane Bauer
This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the joy of Christmas and of welcoming a new baby into the world is available as a Classic Board Book! Have you heard? A baby is coming! When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and to the angels in the heavens! Filled with lyrical text and illustrations, this Classic Board Book is the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas!
Christmas in the Manger
By Nola Buck
The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.