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25 Days of Simple Christmas-Family Read Alouds

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea of keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  
Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

There are certain books that we pull out every year to enjoy as a family and read aloud together.  It has become another tradition that is such a simple way to remind of us the biggest event for all of mankind that is about to occur- Jesus’ birth.

It is so fun to cuddle on the couch, beneath the glow of the Christmas tree, sip hot cocoa, and read together.  I encourage you to make this a part of your family time.
Besides the Bible, two of our all time favorites at this time of year are, The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale and Jacob’s Gift.

The Tale of Three Trees is a beautiful story about  three trees who dreamed up big plans for their lives.  When each tree was cut down, there was sadness that the big plans were not happening. One was made into a simple feeding trough, when it really wanted to hold treasure.  Yet it held the world’s greatest treasure…baby Jesus. One wanted to be a mighty ship, and it ended up as a stinky fishing boat.  The boat ended up having the mightiest fisher of men sail on it….Jesus….The other wanted to point people to God, yet was chopped down into lumber…yet eventually it was made into the wooden cross that held Jesus. {I can hardly type through my tears!}

This book is such a beautiful example of how God uses everyone for purpose, how we works ALL things for good for those who live Him, and how he has big plans for all of us` even when we don’t see them at first. 

I promise you there will be no dry eyes as you read through this beautiful and poignant story of what God can use such simple things for.
Jacob’s Gift is a similar type of book, in that it is a story about a boy who was learning to be a carpenter.  One day be builds a feeding trough, which he hopes will win a “contest” of the best woodwork and go on to help build a synagogue.  Instead he finds a baby born in a manger with nowhere to sleep. So he uses his feeding trough as a gift to the baby. That trough is indeed fit for a King.

Reading stories like these are a special tradition in our family. It is something we look forward to and enjoy each year.

Both of these books can be found by clicking the links below!

 Please Join These Bloggers in
their 25 Days of Christmas Series:

25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 

25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 

25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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