Linking up with the liturgically appropriate Spicy Housewife for an Advent/Christmas edition of What We're Reading Wednesday!
Yes, I am the mom who keeps all the Advent and Christmas books safely stowed away until Advent begins.Over the last 2 decades, we've amassed a really nice collection of these books but the crowd favorite has got to be The Advent Book that my mom gave us in 2004. It tells the story of Jesus' conception and birth through scripture; a part of scripture with corresponding picture for each day of Advent (well, December 1 through 24, but let's not split hairs, ok?).
Over the past few years, we've approached it differently each year: when all the kids were younger Kyle or I read each night and then as they grew older they took turns reading aloud. Now, we try to let anyone who is available read each night or every other night.
The book has to actually be seen and experienced in order to fully understand why someone would pay this kind of money for a book used once a year. But, I'm going to try my level best to give you a good idea!
|Cover shot. Nothing too fancy, right?|
|First "door". Yes, it's a "flap book". Don't judge yet!|
|Inside of door #1. Better, right? Well, it continues for 24 more doors! You read one each day!|
|One of my boys' favorite doors.|
|Then, it became one of my favorite doors!|
|Can you see each angel in the multitude?|
|...and the Lamb.|
|Last page/door. Doncha want to squeeze those cheeks?|
This would make a lovely Christmas or baby shower gift, as it can be the start of a beautiful family tradition. Each year, when I drag out the bin of Christmas books and the kids start rummaging, the cry of "OH! The Advent Book! I LOVE this one!" can be heard from more than one child.
Go check out the other Advent and Christmas books over at Jessica's!