Through the years our family has loved these books by Arnold Ytreeide.
With a reading for each day of Advent, Each book tells the Christmas story from the perspective of the main character. We started with Jotham’s Journey when the kids were little and have rotated through them all a couple of times. This year we’re in Tabitha’s Travels. I do need to warn you though. The stories are so compelling that you may need to keep them hidden so that your kids don’t read ahead.
Another one we love is Ruth Bell Graham’s One Wintry Night.
A mountain boy is lost in a snowstorm and finds refuge in a cabin. As he recovers, the woman who lives in the cabin tells him the Christmas story starting with creation and ending with the resurrection. The pictures are beautiful and I am always touched to see God’s redemptive plan. This book is a perfect gift as well a a great addition to your collection of Christmas books.
For the younger set, one of my favorites is Come and See: A Christmas Story by Monica Mayper.
I love introducing little ones to the idea of beholding Jesus by inviting them to come and see this baby “who has made the world new.”
And for me, personally, I love to read Francine Rivers’ Lineage of Grace series.
Each novella tells the story of the five women in Jesus’ lineage: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. I guarantee that once you read these books, you won’t look at Jesus’ geneaology the same way.
My friend, Wendy, over at The Celebrated Family, is highlighting two of her favorites and holding a give-away contest. I’ve got my eye on Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas by John Blase.
Are any of these on your list of favorites for Advent? What are other Christmas books that your family loves? I’d love to add a few more to our list of family favorites!