Counting To Christmas

Today starts our families countdown to Christmas. We celebrate the day by putting up the tree and preparing the nature table for the up coming holiday. The nature table has been cleared of all Autumns findings and replaced with a blue silk and a path of 24 stars guiding Mary’s way. Sunday of each week something from the 4 kingdoms is added to the awaiting stable ready to greet Joseph and Mary Christmas eve. Week 1 is from the mineral kingdom, week 2 is from the plant world, week 3 animals, and finally the arrival of Joseph and Mary. The book basket has be updated to include all The Little’s seasonal favorites. This is how our family celebrates Advent. Tonight the countdown kicks off with the reading of the first Christmas story Counting To Christmas by Nancy Tafuri. Since we don’t celebrate santa in our home finding new Christmas stories for Mama to leave out on St. Nicholas day can be a little hard. I thought I would make a list of our Christmas stories and welcome any new recommendations.

The Christmas Day Kitten  James Harriot

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Dr. Seuss

The Velveteen Rabbit  Margery Williams Bianco

Snowmen At Christmas Caralyn Buehner

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey  Susan Wojciechowski

The Nutcracker Ballet  Vladimir Vagin

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  Barbara Robinson

A Little House Christmas Treasury  Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book   Take Joy   (ok we spend a really long time in this book)

The Little Martryoshka    Corninne Demas Bliss

 and a Christmas eve reading of  The Story of Christmas by Jane Ray 

Of course tellings of St. Nicholas and St. Lucia stories are also added  on appropriate days.

This year we are adding a Jesse Tree with a daily reading of The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean before moving Mary up the star path. Then making a ornament adding to the tree each day. I will be using this site to help me with ideas. http://ebeth.typepad.com/serendipity/2007/12/the-jesse-tre-1.html

Wishing everyone A very safe and warm  Holiday Season

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