Well, Christmas came early for this happy blogger! The wonderful people at Covenant have shared these delightful goodies that I, in return, am happy to share with you!
Words of Christmas: Savoring the True Meaning of the Season One Word at a Time
All too often, all the sights and sounds and busyness of the season crowd out the true meaning of the season. This beautifully designed book takes a closer look at twenty-five words, like hope, faith and joy, that help to focus our attention back on what is most important during Christmas.
What I love best about this book is its simplicity. Each word is accompanied by a short thought and a scripture. It’s easy to add to the end of your family scripture study or before your family prayers to bring the spirit of Christmas into your home. It would also be great as a short devotional personally before you begin each day. I’m planning on making this book a yearly tradition.
It’s All About Christmas
This hard cover book is stuffed with stories, songs, poems, Christmas history, joyful traditions, recipes, and activities. This delightful book celebrates all things Christmas – from the sacred story of the Nativity to the lore of Saint Nick.
Wow. This book is packed full of so many good things! The cover and images are vintage, reminiscent of Christmas days past. I enjoyed the descriptions of Christmas around the world. Some stories I recognized, some were new to me. And I’d really like to try some of the recipes. There is so much here that you can never get through it all in one season.
No Ordinary Shepherd (DVD)
The young shepherd boy, has always treasured his father’s tale of that starlit night filled with wonder of angelic heralds and a tiny Bethlehem stable sheltering the chosen Messiah. The young shepherd later encounters a miracle of his own.
My family watched this together for Family Home Evening. It is a sweet story that reminds us to look for the miracles around us.
He Knows My Name (DVD)
Rebekah is fascinated by the man her neighbors call Jesus. Her mother is not so sure. One day she brings Jesus home – a simple act that will forever change their lives.
This film is from the makers of No Ordinary Shepherd, and it received 5 stars (doves, actually) from the Dove Foundation. I’m looking forward to watching this with my family for our next Family Home Evening.
A Songbook for LDS Families
A Songbook for LDS Families highlights eighteen beloved and well-known songs, as well as twenty-eight newly penned Book of Mormon hymns composed by Janice Kapp Perry with text by Bonnie Hart Murray.
This is a gorgeous book. The hard cover binding lies flat so that it can be used for the piano or other instruments. The artwork is simply stunning. The book includes many favorites from Primary such as Love Is Spoken Here and I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus. It also has songs perfect for missionaries, such as In the Hollow of Thy Hand (with new sister-missionary lyrics in parenthesis) and a medley of As Sisters in Zion/We’ll Bring the World His Truth. Also included are a set of CDs for those songs you may not be familiar with.
I am thrilled to bring this music into my home.
Christus Marble 3-inch Statue
Finally, there is this gem. When the nativity is packed away until next Christmas, this lovely Christus statue remains as a reminder of our Savior throughout the year. The small size, to me, emphasizes the personal nature of our relationship with Christ. This would make a great stocking-stuffer for each member of the family. (With the exception of very small children and babies. It is not intended as a toy.