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A Special Remembrance of One Holy Night

Book Review – O, Holy Night: The First Christmas by Makoto Yamamoto

Reviewed by Lisa M. Hendey



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O, Holy Night: The First Christmas (Pauline Books & Media, August 2005, hardcover) by Makoto Yamamoto is a timeless recounting of the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The opening pages of the book find young Mary in her home in Nazareth, receiving a surprise visitation from the Archangel Gabriel, who comes bearing special news.  The book continues with Mary and Joseph’s preparations and journey to Bethlehem.  The birth of Jesus, the praise and glory of the angels and the visits of the shepherds and wise men are all retold in child friendly language.

My favorite aspect of this particular Christmas story is the illustration work done by Wakako Moritsu.  Moritsu’s soft, appealing artwork lends a glow and warmth to this timeless tale.  This lovely, hardcover edition would make a wonderful Christmas or Advent gift for your special child or would be a true treat to share on Christmas morning.

For additional information on O, Holy Night: The First Christmas visit Amazon.   

Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including and, and an avid reader.   Visit her at


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