I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:10-11
Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I really intended to wait until after Thanksgiving to put out my Christmas decorations. But last night, a burst of Christmas cheer appeared, and up to the attic went the fall decorations and down came the many Christmas boxes.
My children were so excited! We aren’t nearly completed with our decorating, but the trees are up, and we are ready for another evening of hot chocolate and Christmas music to get us through our decorating plans. The kids mentioned that our elf would be coming back soon (ugh, why did I ever buy that elf?!), and they talked about the tree, Santa and presents. And they wondered where we would display our manger scene this year.
Every year I have the same concern for our family. I want to enjoy all the festivities of the season, without losing sight of the reason for the season. I do my best to keep our focus on the true reason we are celebrating the holiday- the birth of our Savior, Jesus. My children know this, but it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that seems to last from late November to the end of December.
One way we maintain our focus on the birth of Jesus is through our books and storytime. This year, my son has already been reading our Christmas books to us, and one of our new favorites is Where Jesus Slept. This book is a wonderful addition to your children’s Christmas library!
The illustrations are engaging and perfectly backdrop the story which tells the Nativity story, building upon the basic phrase “where Jesus slept.” This book focuses on the birth of Jesus and includes the story through the Wise Men visiting. My youngest, my daughter, loves that each page adds to the base line, and she is always ready to chime in with the repitition on each page when we get to the part that reads, “the bed where Jesus slept.”
I love that we have books, and especially this wonderful one, that express the true story of Christmas and remind us what (and who) we are truly celebrating. You can get your copy of Where Jesus Slept here.
*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this post and review. As always, all opinions are my own.