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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.