So much of what makes Christmas such a special time of year are the stories we tell year after year. There are so many parts of the Christmas celebrations that are special and festive, and many parts that are sacred and reverent, too.
Children often have questions, such as, "Why do we have poinsettias at Christmas?"
"Who first sang 'Silent Night'?"
"Why do we put candy canes on our tree?"
"Is Santa Claus real?"
As parents and grandparents, we don't always know the answers to these questions. That's why having a few books on hand that can explain these Christmas mysteries are so welcome.
Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive in our families is so important in a time when distractions from the meaning of Christmas are so rampant. Despite the financial hardships that we face this year, despite the consequences of over consumption that are ruining us, we still live in a time when desire for the latest in technologies and other items is inflamed in our kids by all they see and hear.
Stories that bring us back to simpler times and to the meanings behind all the glitz can settle us down and can help us remember the real joy of the season, which is recognizing our connection and love for each other. Those who are more religious will appreciate books that tell the story of the first Christmas. But even if your family does not believe in Christ, you may want your children to know the significance of the symbols of Christmas. These symbols connect them to their heritage and ancestors.