This year, as I was initially looking for our Nutcracker book, with the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman, to clarify the many versions and character changes throughout the history of the Nutcracker, I pulled out a few other favorites from our picture book collection, as well, just for the joy of it.
Jonathan Toomey's story by Susan Wojciechowski is a bit of a sad one, but ends on the happy note of finding love again. A sweet story with detailed illustrations by P.J. Lynch, it may provide inspiration for trying some handcrafts, as well.
St. Francis is a saint who is easy to relate to, with his love and compassion for creatures great and small. Robert Byrd introduces St. Francis with a charming four legged companion and wonderful illustrations.
And one of my favorites, as far as art and illustrations go, The Story of Christmas, with pictures by Jane Rey. The images are gorgeous with golden accents, highlighting the glory of the season.
May you find joy and delight in all of your Christmas traditions in the company of loved ones this season.