When Jonathan Toomey loses his wife and child, he becomes withdrawn, cynical and unhappy. Then a widow and her son ask this woodworker to make a new nativity to replace the one they’ve lost. As they spend time together, Jonathan’s heart begins to soften. And as he approaches the last figure of Mary and the Christ-child, he must face what he has tried to forget in order to complete the nativity before Christmas. Through the pain and healing of Jonathan, we remember once again what Christmas is truly about. Watch Video Book Review
Who doesn’t know the story of Charles Dickens’ most famous Christmas classic A Christmas Carol?! Yet, like all great classics, there’s nothing like reading the original. What most people don’t know is how funny Dickens is! And many have never experienced his genius as a writer. If you’ve never read a Dickens or don’t remember what fun it is to read his writings, begin with this short work and get to know one of the greatest authors to ever live! Watch Video Book Review
A BEAUTIFUL TRUE STORY, you’ll never forget Silent Night, Holy Night! When WWI soldiers feel the Christmas Spirit and wanting peace rather than war sign a Christmas truce against orders, a wonderful spiritual feast is the result. Through singing, talking, giving and playing these soldiers became friends and could never hurt each other afterwards. It is an incredible tribute to the power of Christmas to change hearts and lives! Watch Video Book Review
The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens tells the story of the life and death of Jesus in beautiful, simple, understandable language. Because Dickens wrote this little volume for his family only and made them promise to never publish it or even let his handwritten copy leave the house, he was free to express his ideas about the sayings and doings of Christ. With simple expressions of faith in the truth of His teachings and admonitions to his children to always follow the example of Jesus, Dickens left his beliefs for his family to cherish. Written for young children, it is fun to read and easy for the whole family to understand. Watch Video Book Review
A funny and endearing story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss not only entertains young children with it’s quirky drawings and mean old Mr. Grinch but it teaches them something deeper about what Christmas should mean. If discussed with them, children will begin to rise above all the commercialism of Christmas and ask why the Who’s were still singing and why Christmas is more than gifts and play. Watch Video Book Review
A simple but beautiful story that has been retold countless times, Christmas Oranges reminds us of the openness and generosity of children. When a child in the orphanage commits an innocent “crime” her only Christmas gift, an orange, is taken away. But the other children at the orphanage see her heartbreak and plan a great surprise! Watch Video Book Review and Read other versions of the story
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans is a fabulous story for reminding us what is most important about Christmas–that Christ lived and died for all of us. Through the eyes of a young couple, we meet Mary and come to know her greatness and heartache. Although they are with her for only a very short period of time, their relationship with Mary changes their lives forever and it can change yours too! Watch Video Book Review
During the Christmas season The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke is a must read! It is a brilliantly told story that reminds us why we should give and the importance of giving anonymously. Make it a Christmas tradition in your home. Watch Video Book Review
The Nutcracker is a fun Christmas tradition for many families! When Clara dreams that she shrinks to the size of a rat, her adventures begin. Dancing her way through many lands, including the world of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Clara learns that home is just where she wants to be. If you’ve never seen the ballet, make sure to read the book this Christmas and then watch the ballet with your children! Even if you don’t see it live, watch it online and enjoy the magic of this wonderful Christmas story. And, as always, you will enjoy it more if you read it first!
The Little Match Girl is a compelling fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Freezing cold, without shoes, coat or even a penny to buy bread, the little match girl wanders the city trying to sell her matches. As she begins to light matches to warm herself, Christmas visions come to life and bring her temporary happiness and warmth. Yet, the matches can’t last and the little match girl comes to a sad end, reminding us that the best way we can show gratitude for all we have is by thinking of others and striving to lighten their burdens.