It’s getting exciting. Christmas is coming! I love all the stuff leading up to it—going to Christmas programs, shopping for gifts, hanging a wreath on the front door, decorating the tree and getting together with friends. It’s fun, but it can also get intense. I can lose sight of what all this celebrating is for or rather I can lose sight of who I am celebrating. I can get a little stressed. What about you? What about your kids? I think it is important, maybe essential to have some quiet moments during this busy season. One way to do that might be to gather a stack of Christmas picture books and read one of them each night after dinner. It won’t take long and even older children will enjoy the pictures and the simple, but meaningful stories.  Here is a list of the ones we recommend.

It’s a Wonderful Life for Kids!

Lucille Nadine Alexander’s Birthday

Read and Play Christmas

Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story

The Sparkle Box

An activity during Advent we’ve enjoyed at our house is praying especially for someone or a group of people. Make a paper chain with one link for every night until Christmas. Before you put the links together, write the  name of a friend, family member or group on each link. Each night gather the kids, take down a link and pray for the person or group whose name is on that link. At our house we’ve seen some wonderful answers to our prayers. This quiet time has really blessed us.


Nancy Ellen Hird is a mom, a writer, and a credentialed teacher. (She taught seventh grade and preschool.) Two of her published works for children are Marty’s Monster and Jessica Jacobs Did What?  For several years she was a freelance reviewer of children’s and teen’s literature for the Focus on the Family website.