I have to say as I begin this posting, that we do not celebrate Christmas in our home. We do honor the birth, death and resurrection of Christ but we prefer to do so more than once a year. And we also seek to honor His holy days, as they were given in the Old Testament. That said I was recently provided some Christmas materials for review; while we do not celebrate the holiday itself I do want to share some things that I feel are beautiful for sharing the story of Christ and how He came as a sacrifice for us that we could be saved. May we rejoice every day for His provision in our lives! 🙂
Alby’s Amazing Adventure is my daughter’s new favorite book! Who doesn’t love squirrels after all? Especially ones that go on great adventures! The illustrations are all so very eye catching, and colorful. The scripture in the pictures is present for each story told which I appreciated most I think. I much enjoyed the illustrations as well as my daughter. This book really shows the importance of the scriptures and the amazing stories of God working in this world, from long ago. What a great way to begin to encourage our little ones to seek God and to glory in His word. It may be a short story, but it is so very simple, so very needed for our children today. And written as a letter of love, just as He wrote the Bible to each of us, it makes it such a sweet and personal book that my daughter at least, was able to feel was from Jesus, with love, to her.
We also received The Christmas Promise, another beautiful and simple tale, for children. Personally I do believe this is a book that could be read any time of year. How beautiful is the story of how God came, in the flesh, as Jesus Christ, to make a way for us to be saved. He was the lamb, slain from the beginning of time, and for us – Jesus, the new King; the rescuing King; the forever King! He kept His promise and He came; He made a way for us out of such a deep love! Can you imagine? The illustrations are just adorable; simple and so very sweet. My daughter and son (who are 3 and 5) just loved this! And the reminder throughout this story of His promise, His return; a wonderful way for children to remember! At the very end of the book is a list of scriptures too; this way you can go back and read, in His word itself, this most amazing of stories. This was great for my oldest son, who is 9, and wanted to follow the “real” story instead of this one for his little brother and sister. haha There is also an advent calendar to go along with the book itself. Its something I am considering since we were all so impressed with this book. Will see!
DO you love those Christmas tunes? We truly enjoy music in all seasons in our home so regardless of the title we were quite happy to review the His Kids United Christmas Volume 1
There is nothing more fun than hearing kids singing to the King. These are made just for kids ages 5-14, this highly and features children bringing a renewed energy to holiday classics along with four contemporary originals.
‘Our mission with this series is to give kids an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and drawn to the Lord through the powerful tool of music, and give them something to relate to,” Swan says.’ “
A couple of the fun tunes on this one include:
- Jingle Bell Rock
- All I Have to Give
- Away in the Manger
- Light Up the World
- I Hope This Gets to You
This collection of songs is delightful and upbeat; a fun blend of music sure to appeal to children and families as a whole. Some of the selections are rock, some pop, some rap, some classic jazz, and some traditional Christmas. There is enough variety on this album that most listeners should find something to enjoy. I admit it, I prefer the traditional and classic tunes hands down but again, for a family with varying tastes this is a good selection indeed.
Then there was Christmas Goes Gospel. Another one to shake things up a bit for this traditional music loving momma. I have to admit, there is a wonderful tune that makes your feet start tapping and you simply start dancing. This is that kind of music. I could not pass up the chance to review this one after I saw that it featured: Mandisa, Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, Israel & New Breed, and more. I love this one and honestly find myself playing it a bit more than I usually would “Christmas” tunes. Even my kids enjoy it; my daughter is only three but she loves Mandisa’s music. Tis definitely one that everyone can enjoy, spirit filled music all giving glory to the Lord for His great gift. If you are a fan of gospel music do be sure to give this one a spin.
Whatever you may do this year do be sure to consider what God requires, not what man considers. Only He saves; only He can reveal truth and bring us peace and joy.
Walking in Jesus’ footsteps in a world that doesn’t is never easy. But it is much better and eminently more rewarding than following the empty ways of the world.
God tells us in 1 John:2:15-17
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Praying all have a truly blessed year. May we rejoice in the precious gift, every day, in all seasons, His birth and death and resurrection which have made it so that we have enough. Joy, peace, truth and love to those, in Jesus name, seeking to please and honor our Lord! ❤