With Advent just around the corner, I’d like to share a few of my favorite Advent books:
Welcome Baby Jesus by Sarah Reinhard
Sarah Reinhard’s new book, Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families, takes a refreshing, unique approach to Advent.
There are many children’s Advent/Christmas books out there, but this delightful book includes activities and reflections for the entire family.
From the author: “Advent is a season that’s almost forgotten by the secular world. You’ll find Advent calendars, to be sure, but they are really an adornment for the “Christmas season,” which begins sometime after Halloween and ends on Christmas Day.”
Each section encompasses three different activities: Think, Pray and Act. Each Sunday has its own theme. The First Sunday of Advent and the week following is “Get Ready.” The Second Sunday and following week is “Repent.” The Third Sunday’s theme is “Love,” and the fourth Sunday, “Anticipate.” The Christmas season has its own theme:” Rejoice.” There are also stories and activities for the Feast of the Epiphany.
What sets this apart from other Advent preparation books is that it has reflections and activities for the entire family (parents included) so that both parent and child can prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth.
Sarah Reinhard’s beautifully-designed book is an ideal gift for those families who wish to embrace the true meaning of Christmas and to grow closer to Christ. I highly recommend this wonderful book to everyone!
I also reviewed Joy to the World by Kathleen Basi last year on Amazing Catechists. Great book for the entire family!
My all-time favorite Advent book is called “Donkey Bells” by Catherine Doherty, foundress of Madonna House. This gem of a book is filled with stories, traditions, meditations and customs. I highly recommend it!
Do you have a favorite Advent book? Feel free to comment…
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Sarah Reinhard says
Wow, Ellen, thank you so much! 🙂
Ellen Gable Hrkach says
You’re welcome, Sarah! My 12-year-old is reading from your book every night during the lighting of the Advent wreath!
Sarah Reinhard says
Ah, yes. The Advent wreath…if only mine were out. (I am having a stellar year for slacking off at Advent, and I have NO EXCUSES and it’s more than a little embarrassing. Maybe the 2nd week of Advent will be where I start my awesome Advent family exercise…)
You are such a hoot, Sarah! We are definitely adding your book to our family reading during Advent.