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Saint Francis Celebrates Christmas
Recounts St. Francis of Assisi's reenactment of the manger scene of the birth of Jesus, and how that led to the use of small nativity scenes in people's homes at Christmas.

Miracle of the Poinsettia
A retelling of a traditional Mexican legend--a small girl has no gift to give the Christ child at the Christmas Eve procession. She gathers up weeds from the roadside and because she give them from her heart, they are miraculously topped with glorious red flowers.

The Legend of the Poinsettia
Tomie dePaolo offers another gracious retelling of a timeless folktale. His skillfully pared-down narrative and paintings that glow with strong colors present the story of a well-intentioned Mexican child, Lucida. Distressed because she has no other gift to offer Baby Jesus, she carries into the church an armful of weeds, each of which suddenly becomes "tipped with a flaming red star"-marking the miraculous blooming of the first poinsettias.

Gifts of Christmas : A Heartwarming Francesco Story
Francesco decorates his little San Damiano church for Christmas and his animal friends work to create gifts for Francesco, but in the end share the gifts with people in need and learn the true meaning of Christmas.

The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
Young Alexi helps the people of his village come together to pull off a Christmas miracle in their small, deserted church.  Beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story you will want to share time and again with your family.

Jotham's Journey : A Storybook for Advent
Arnold Ytreeide takes the whole family on an Advent journey in anticipation of Christmas. Day by day we follow the adventures of Jotham, a lad who has a very special relationship with Jesus that will be revealed at the end of this engaging story. With a nightly story that you can scarcely put down, a devotional thought, prayer and the lighting of the Advent candles, Jotham's Journey will draw your family closer together and near to Jesus, God-incarnate in the Child of Bethlehem.

Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for Advent
Day by day through the Advent season, you and your family can prepare for Christmas by reading Bartholomew's spellbinding story. Follow him from when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend, Nathan, to his reunion with his family, and a wonderful climax in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new pal, Jotham, whom many readers have grown to love in Jotham's Journey. This family Christmas story and devotional includes a portion of the story-always a cliffhanger-for every day of Advent and for Christmas day, reflections for family devotions, and ideas for family Advent customs.

Tabitha's Travels: A Family Story for Advent (Jotham's Journey Trilogy)
In a page-turner like Jotham's Journey and Bartholomew's Passage, the captivating story of Tabitha's Travels will take your family through Advent to Christmas as you follow her adventures. Curious, competent and courageous Tabitha is the daughter of Eliakim, a shepherd who is taking his family on caravan to his birthplace. Along the way she meets and becomes friends with Jotham and Bartholomew, watches as Romans take her father prisoner, spends time with Zechariah and Elizabeth, rescues her father, helps Mary and Joseph just before Christ's birth, and ends her travels with the wonderful climax at the stable in Bethlehem. This family Christmas story and devotional includes: *A portion of the story-always a cliffhanger-for every day of Advent and for Christmas Day. *Reflections for family devotions. *An Advent calendar from now to 2075.

Additional Recommendations:

O, Holy Night: The First Christmas

Stocking for Jesus

A Christmas Interview: Reporting Live from Bethlehem

A Gift for the Christ Child

The Christmas Story

30 Days with Mary and Joseph:A Sticker Book

Catholic Family Christmas Celebration Advent Calendar and Book
Advent calendar with the Story of Christmas companion book.




Bible Stories That Stick / Welcome Jesus - An Advent Storyboard
Children will love sticking figures up on the storyboard. It’s hours of fun picking the right positions, making the figures interact with each other, and acting out the story. But while they’re having hours of fun, the children are also learning about Advent. The booklet that comes with the set gives you suggestions for talking to children about Advent. There’s also a wide range of suggested activities after each story to help the stories come alive even more for the children. Storyboard, figures, and booklet.


Every Day of Advent and Christmas - Year A Book of Activities Price: $2.95
Children will love this collection of games, puzzles, mazes and activities designed to help them focus on the themes and traditions of the Advent season. Packed with colorful illustrations, Every Day of Advent and Christmas includes an Advent calendar to help children focus day by day on the meaning and tradition of Advent in a way they are sure to enjoy and remember.


Jesse Tree Kit
The Advent tradition of creating a Jesse Tree comes from the verses in Isaiah and Matthew that speak of Jesse, the father of King David. On each branch hangs a picture of some of the forty-two generations of Jesus’ ancestors from both the Old and New Testaments. The pictures of the Holy Family are often placed at the top. This kit offers two options designed to make the Jesse Tree project accessible to any family, class or parish. Option 1:
Prepare an actual tree with designs from do-it-yourself three-dimensional ornaments. Option 2:  A Jesse Tree Poster with pre-drawn ornaments to be colored and attached. This three-piece kit also includes a short history of the Jesse Tree, suggested Scripture verses for each ornament, and a Jesse Tree prayer service.


The Shine Man : A Christmas Story
by Mary Quattlebaum, Tim Ladwig (Illustrator)

The Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from Around the World



The Shepherd's Tale

The Wise Men's Tale

The Christmas Story


St. Nicholas: The Wonder Worker



Glow in the Dark Advent Sticker Book
A giant pull out poster and over 60 reusable stickers make counting the days until Christmas fun.  The real story of Christmas is retold bit by bit with a special family activity for each day.

Uncle Walt's Christmas Box
Robin and Rosie visit Uncle Walt and discover a special box in the attic.  As they assemble the nativity scene together, Uncle Walt shares with his visitors the special story of the first Christmas night.

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