Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Life is full of legends

First of all let me give you the answers to yesterday's quiz. Hope you all tried it and had lots of fun together as a family activity.
1. poinsettia 2. Jesus 3. good items will vary according to family/culture etc 4. eight reindeer 5. Santa Claus 6 North Pole 7. Elves 8. Bethlehem 9. a manger 10. Christmas tree 11. songs: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas...(your choice) 12. presents/gifts 13. good night 14. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Now let us turn to Christmas legend books. There are very excellent books on the market today that trace the origin of the symbols we use at Christmas time. We need to understand where these traditions came from and why we still use them to this day to celebrate out Christmas event.

I will highlight three excellent ones for you today. First off is "The Legend of St. Nicholas" by Dandi D. Mackall, the second is "The Legend of the Christmas Stocking: An Inspirational Story of a WIsh Come True" by Rick Osburne, and the final one is "The Legend of the Candy Cane" authored by Lori Walburg and illustrated by James Bernardin. I will give you a quick overview of the latter. All are pure excellence.

This gorgeous book relates to the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how we can share this story and our faith with others around us.
A stranger arrives in a small town and starts renovations on own old boarded-up store in November. Nobody in town acknowledges his presence or even talks to him. A lonely little girl named Lucy offers to help him with his unpacking. To her delight she discovers the stranger is opening up a candy store...her ultimate childhood dream, now her dream come true.
It is a story of spreading the true meaning of Christmas and unconditional giving to others. The illustrations are lavish and just plain beautiful. I love this book and I always read it or give it with a good supply of candy cane treats for all to enjoy.

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