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Friday, November 29, 2013

The First Christmas Night Review & Giveaway


We all have traditions for the holiday season. Some are past down from generation to generation and others are just beginning. One of our favorite traditions just kinda happened, we read Christmas stories. Most of them are picture books that other wise would never get read after all the kids advance in their reading level. We love the simplicity of the stories and the illustrations are some of the best we have seen. My girls get really excited about this tradition and some years we wrap them up, so we don't know what book is chosen. The First Christmas Night is our newest book that will fit right in with our collection.

The First Christmas Night retells the birth of baby Jesus in a poem Keith Christopher. It is recommended for children ages 4-8, but all of my girls enjoyed reading it & we will read it every year in the month of December. The simple poem on each page will appeal to even the youngest of kids, and they will love the beautiful illustrations of Christine Kornacki. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and we see the angels appear to the shepherds, the visit of the Wise Men, and Jesus' birth.

At the end of the book the Biblical Story of the First Christmas from the books of Luke and Matthew.



About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

About the Illustrator 
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.




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51 comments:

Dianna said...

one thing we love is to go for a car ride and look at all the beautiful Christmas light displays. The kids do a lot oh ooooooh and aaaaawwwww

Anne D. said...

Making Christmas crafts and sharing a special bread before Christmas dinner to remind us of Jesus
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JJ Caraway said...

We make an advent wreath each year and set out the Nativity and read the book The Night before Christmas. We also go look at the light friving around in the car.

Holly said...

Going to Koziar's Christmas Village!

Anonymous said...

Making applesauce cinnamon ornament. Cantonbrandy@yahoo.com

Shelbie Johnston said...

Reading twas the night before christmas every christmas eve

Jen Jen said...

We go look at christmas lights and drink hot chocolate

helpful heather said...

white elephant gift exchange!

Lesa Moats said...

We always go spend Christmas Eve with my mom

Kelly Kmmell said...

We go to a live nativity!

Dorothy Teel said...

I like to make homemade Christmas Ornaments with my granddaughters yearly so they have some when they get older.

blew415 said...

Trimming the christmas tree

Michelle J. said...

We love stringing popcorn for the tree!

Anonymous said...

He gets a new ornament every year
Rebecca Lee

Billie Wilson said...

Decorating the Christmas tree.

Amanda said...

Making Christmas cookies

Inda Nila said...

I love to do all of our advent calendar activities with the kids!

Debby Chandler said...

decorating the tree is one of my favorite traditions.

Jessica said...

putting up a tree

Shannon A said...

Decorating the tree and baking cookies :)

Sara Filler said...

Going to a drive through light display together

Joyce-Ellen H said...

we have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. a special treat for a special day!

amanda whitley said...

one of our traditions is shepards pie on Christmas eve at my dads

Danalee said...

We look at Christmas lights as a family on Christmas eve.

Jenn said...

We watch at least 1 holiday movie every night between Thanksgiving and Christmas (we've got an extensive collection now!)

Rebekah {honeyandcheese) said...

Our kids are 18 months and 6 months this year, so we're just starting things. But one tradition that we're keeping from my husband's family is gifting each child a new ornament each Christmas Eve - something that represents their life over that year.

Danielle said...

Reading a Christmas book each night for the 25 days of Christmas (last year, I even wrapped them so it was a surprise each night!)

Opening a gift on Christmas Eve...

Driving around to look at the lights.

Going to see Santa... :)

Sindy Murray said...

baking cookies and singing carols!

Lisa P. said...

We spend Christmas Eve with my grandmother.

Lara N. said...

Every year we make a homemade creche scene with our kids.

Melissa said...

We have an advent house where the kids not only get something small (like a sticker) but get to do something Christmassy (craft, donate a toy, etc)

Emily Wells said...

Christmas eve dinner at my mom's house!

chrissy.streeter said...

We always go cut down our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgving :)

Lee said...

Finding Christmas displays on Christmas Eve. So pretty!

Chera Kline said...

we make our own ornaments for the tree

miss emily said...

My family has dinner on Christmas with my inlaws and mom and step-dad.

Mandi @ Messy Wife, Blessed Life said...

My family always goes out to eat before or after Mass on Christmas Eve.

Elise Johansen Harvey said...

This is my first Christmas with my husband and son, so we don't have any traditions yet, but I'm so excited to start making them!

Priya said...

The kids get pajamas every year as presents ....

Audrey Griffis said...

we put out tree up thanksgiving night every year and then a new tradition in sine 2010 elf on a shelf which the kids love

Jessica said...

We always go to church christmas eve night and it always makes us so happy.

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Nicole Lancaster said...

One of my family's Christmas transitions is decorating Gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve.

Liza Vladyka said...

25 nights of xmas a movie a night

Aesha T said...

Putting up a tree and decorating the house.

kat said...

Putting up the Christmas tree together.

Kathy Davis said...

We have a fancy Christmas Brunch in our pajamas!
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

kristy said...

watching hours and hours of a christmas story on christmas eve

Anonymous said...

Making Christmas cookies and decorating them is a tradition.
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Anonymous said...

Driving around looking at the lights

Colleen said...

looking at christmas lights and decorations in our pjs in the car with a thermos of hot cocoa.

Sue Hull said...

Driving around town looking at all the lights.Then on Christmas we all go to my mom's house for the day.Thank you :)
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