The Twelve Reviews of Christmas 2017: Day 4 Redux

2011: My Merry Christmas: And the real reason for Christmas joy, by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Linda Clearwater
2012: Merry Christmas Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach with Herb Erlbach, illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm
2013: A Child Is Born, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrations by Floyd Cooper
2014: Big Fun Christmas Crafts & Activities, by Judy Press
2015: Just Right for Christmas, by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw
2016: The Christmas Pageant, by Jacqueline Rogers

While I have to proclaim My Merry Christmas: And the real reason for Christmas joy (as oddly capitalized as it is!) my favorite, The Christmas Pageant is a close runner-up because of how it summarizes the Christmas story while it shows the preparations and performance of a rural Christmas pageant. My Merry Christmas was a board book I picked up when GirlChild (now 9!) was still just a baby, and I love how it simply presents the Christian symbolism and reasons behind some of our typical Christmas activities. Since the pages are glittery and attractive to little ones and the text is rhymed and brief, it makes a perfect annual read-aloud (even now!) to remind our children of why we celebrate the way we do and the reason we celebrate at all!

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