Does this month of festivity fill you
with dread and anxiety?
Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson can help.
This book saved my life
when I was parenting young children.
No matter what your faith tradition may be,
it is terribly hard not to get sucked
in to the secular "Christmas Machine".
This book gives us concrete ways of warding off the
seductive calls of marketing
and can strengthen our resolve to let December
be a time for family, friends and sharing.
The picture books can all be found in our Lower School Library.
They all offer insights into the nativity stories found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
"How Many Miles to Bethlehem?"
is a lovely, poetic vision of the Christmas story.
"Christmas Soul" is rich with real experiences, written by singers, artists, and actors.
"Carol of the Brown King" features magnificent poetry by Langston Hughes.
"Mary's First Christmas" is an excellent example of "midrash" -
a Hebrew tradition of imagining what has been left unwritten in the scriptures.
"B is for Bethlehem" is marvelous alphabet book for young readers,
and will introduce them to the details of the Christmas story.