When my friend, Heather LeFebvre, told me she was writing a Christmas book, I knew it would be good. When I found out the illustrator was her mother, artist Laura Winslow, I couldn't wait to read it. I follow Laura on Instagram (Heather, too, of course).
This is a jewel of a book, one to bring out every Holiday season. There is so much history about Christmas that I didn't know plus she provides discussion questions and a project (or a list of projects) that corresponds with each chapter. This visually beautiful book would make a fun study leading up to Christmas or just an enjoyable read aloud for the family.
Some of the chapters include:
- An Ordinary Day in Bethlehem (Christ's Birth)
- A Date for Christ's Nativity (Early Church)
- St. Francis and the Live Nativity (Early Church)
- Luther's Protestant Christmas (Reformers and Puritans)
- Christmas and America (Reformers and Puritans)
- Christmas Reinvented (Victorians to Modern Day)
- From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus (Victorians to Modern Day)
- ... and many more!
I enjoyed reading all of the book but especially "Christmas and America", since I have a special place in my heart for Colonial Williamsburg. The suggested projects at the end of this chapter include "24 Ways to Celebrate a Williamsburg Christmas".
Written from a faith perspective, beautifully put together and illustrated, this is a book to enjoy and give as a gift this Christmas.
I was provided a copy of The History of Christmas, 2000 Years of Faith, Fable, and Festivity to review but the opinions are my own.
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