Have you ever wished you could create a Christmas ritual that your child will treasure year after year? Celebrate Advent: 25 Legends and Ornaments is a wonderful book to finally start or enhance a holiday tradition with your family. By reading Christmas stories together, each night of the season, you will not only educate your young readers about the history behind Christmas, but will take part in one of the best parts of the holiday--spending time together.
During every evening of Advent, choose a story to read together with your family, then hang the matching ornament. You can read the legends in the order of the book or by children's choices, saving Santa and the manger for December 24th and 25th. What's even great about this book are the pockets at the end of book that will store your ornaments year after year.
The legends have been gathered from around the world and include timeless tales of Angels, Birds, Shepherds, and Candles. The Russian legend of a grandmotherly old woman Babushka reminds us of being unselfish, the history of the stocking reminds us why we hang our stockings on the mantel, and the story of the Spider Web reminds us that we don't need all the bells and whistles to celebrate Christ's birth.
The stories paired with the illustrations by award-winning artist Nancy Middlebrook Baay are sure to create meaningful time together that you and your family will look forward to year after year.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 52 pages
Publisher: Rogers Press; Second edition edition (June 1, 2009)
Source of review copy: Author