Christmas and Advent

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Christ Legends

Selma Lagerlöf

Softly drawn black & white illustrations by Ron Heuninck

$16.95

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This is one of my favorite collections of stories surrounding the life and reality of Christ. Selma Lagerlöf’s telling of these tales – ranging from the story of the surly shepherd of Bethlehem, to the war-hardened soldier at Herod’s feast, to St. Veronica’s act of grace toward the Emperor Tiberius – is profoundly beautiful and deep. These stories are timeless and will appeal to a wide range of children and adults – some stories are best told only to older children while some can become family treasures at a very early age. All of them will remain a cherished treasure in the hearts of those who hear them.

I Saw Three Ships

A Magical Christmas Tale

Elizabeth Goudge

Illustrated by Margot Tomes

$7.95

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The morning star still shone, and when Polly opened the window the air was crisp and cool.  As she leaned out, breathing in its freshness, all the cocks began to crow.  And then her lips parted and the tingling blood sent a flow of warmth to her very fingertips.  She leaned out farther, her eyes wide, for three ships were sailing towards the harbor.  One had a red sail and one had a brown sail and one had a sail like the wing of a swan.

Little Polly Flowerdew lives with her two maiden aunts, and she is absolutely sure that something special is going to happen this Christmas. She leaves her bedroom window open on Christmas Eve, just in case the three wise men decide to come visit. When she wakes up on Christmas morning, more than one miracle seems to have taken place.

Elizabeth Goudge has created a moving, lyrical, and endearing chapter book, celebrating the magic as well as the mystery of Christmas. Charmingly illustrated with ink drawings by Margot Tomes, it is a perfect Christmas read-aloud for young children and parents looking for something slightly sentimental and bracingly wholesome.

On the Way to Christmas

Written and illustrated by Gertrude Teutsch

Hardboard, accordian pages

Glowingly beautiful

$12.95

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Follow the Angel, as well as the Little Girl, the Mouse, the Robin, and many, many more, as they make their way to Christmas.

This unusual book folds out to more than eight feet (two and a half meters) long, and includes ten double-page spreads. With a simple text and charming pictures, it makes an ideal book for younger children.

Ages 3-6

Jonathan's Journey

Elizabeth L Lombardi

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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Listen, now, and be quite still.
The stars are singing over the hill.
One shines for you on this clear night.
Open your heart and let in the light.

It has been snowing all day, and now it is Christmas Eve. But Jonathan James is sick in bed, with a most uncomfortable stuffed-up head. Just as he is closing his sleepy eyes, a little dwarf comes sliding down his bedroom curtain and invites him to the Inside Land, where he meets Father Christmas, who has a message for Jonathan. Father Christmas also makes a promise to Squirrel, Rabbit, Bird, and Mouse, who cannot find any food in the snowy woods.

When Jonathan wakes up on Christmas morning he is all better, and he finds a shiny new sled at the foot of his bed. But he thinks there is something that he should do before he goes out to play in the snow.

He thought and he thought. Was it back by the trees?

Last night the stars sang. Or was it a breeze?

Jonathan remembers the hungry animals out in the snow and fills his new sled with nuts, seeds, carrots, and all sorts of good things for them to eat. Even the chickens have grain to spare.

This enchanting holiday story is a special bedtime tale to read to young children during the Christmas season.

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Advent and Christmas Stories

A treasury of stories, verses and songs

Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol

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This illustrated treasury of over fifty stories, verses, songs and puppet plays range from Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas, to the flight into Egypt.  Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol tell their favorite Christmas stories with an approach that is both simple and profound.  They draw on their lifelong experience as Waldorf kindergarten educators, puppeteers, and as mothers. These stories will delight young children, and invite parents and teachers to become more confident storytellers.

Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol offer a treasury of Christmas stories that create a peaceful, enfolding space for our children, where wonder can do its healing work.  Each of these tales inspires us to take a deep, fulfilling breath of imagination and let Christmas radiance grow in our eyes, words and hearts.  They lead us beyond the ordinary laws of nature into the truth of miracles and wonders: we discover the holiness of rabbits and birds, turtles and trees as they guide the holy family.

Nancy Mellon, author of Storytelling with Children

Warm, wonderful, delightful!  Highly recommended!

The Christmas Craft Book

Thomas Berger

Softbound

2nd Edition

$19.95

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Simply made decorations for home or school are a lovely way for children to become involved in the celebration of Advent and Christmas.  Over the years, Thomas Berger and his family have developed the holiday decorations included here.  You will quickly learn to make creche figures, candles, lanterns, angels and more, all fully described and illustrated with color photographs.

Celebrating Festivals with Children

Freya Jaffke

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$18.95

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Freya Jaffke is one of the master kindergarten teachers that I most respect and admire and learn from.  As with her other books, Celebrating Festivals with Children is a fount of wisdom carried on the warm winds of love for children.  As such, it is a gift and a must-read for anyone working with our very young.

Here she describes festival celebrations in relation to child development in the first seven years. She considers in detail the main festivals throughout the year—Easter, Pentecost, St. John’s, back-to-school, harvest, Michaelmas, lantern time, birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and carnival.

Drawing on many examples, she shows how we can celebrate festivals in a meaningful way with children, both at home and in kindergarten. Every festival is prefaced with a deeper contemplation for adults before considering preparations with children. This is followed by the actual organization of the festival—with games, craft activities and decorations, stories, songs, poems and the seasonal nature table.

Very highly recommended.

The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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From the creator of Findus the Cat and his adventures with Farmer Pettson comes a Christmas story to charm us all.

Every Christmas Eve, the Master puts out rice pudding for the tomtes to say thank you for their help around the house during the year. Recently, however, the Master has forgotten, and Mama tomte knows he will forget again this year.

The elves hatch a plot to steal a bowl of Christmas porridge, without being seen, so that Papa tomte doesn’t get angry.

This charming story is based on an old Swedish Christmas tradition. It is illustrated with great humor and is filled with delightful detail, as the tomte family scurry around their Master’s house one busy Christmas Eve.

(Ages 4–7)

Findus at Christmas

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

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It is the day before Christmas Eve and there is lots to do, but disaster strikes when Farmer Pettson sprains his ankle. How can they celebrate Christmas now—with no tree, ham, meatballs or gingerbread? For all their resourcefulness, Findus and Pettson are close to giving up, when suddenly there is a knock on the door...

Findus at Christmas is a wonderful story of kindness and sharing, and how Christmas can bring out the best in people - and cats!

Ages 3-7

 

Peter and Lotta's Christmas

Elsa Beskow

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Peter and Lotta's Christmas

The two children go to live in the country with Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender, and Uncle Blue. As Christmas approaches, Peter and Lotta discover all kinds of new surprises, but best one of all is when they discover where Christmas presents come from.

Is it from deep in the forest, where the tallest fir trees grow?

Delightful for ages 5–8

 

Little Fairy's Christmas

Daniela Drescher

Hardbound

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Little Fairy's Christmas

Faith, a little fairy, finds herself lost outside on a cold winter's evening.  She comes upon a shivering elf boy, lost like herself, and together they try to find their way back home.  Helped by animals and at last even by Father Christmas himself, they make their way through the woods to their own warm hearths. 

This is a warm and gentle tale that offers us and our children the generous Spirit of Christmas, all wrapped up in Daniela Drescher's beautiful images.

Ages 3-6 and beyond.

 

A Child Is Born

A Christmas Story

Jindra Capek

Hardbound

$16.95

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A shepherd boy follows the three kings on their journey to Bethlehem. On his way, he gathers the simple gifts of poor people for the newborn child.

Here is a beautifully illustrated Christmas legend, retold for young readers.

The Little Christmas Tree

Loek Koopmans

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 The little Christmas tree hates its sharp needles and longs to have soft leaves like the other trees. Will it be happier if its wish is granted? Perhaps it’s not so bad being a little Christmas tree after all.

This is a charming story about learning that the grass is not always greener on the other side. The perfect picture book for a cold winter’s evening around the fireside.

(Ages 3–6)

The Christmas Angels

Else Wenz-Viëtor

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It is Christmas Eve, and most people are safely tucked in their beds. However, the Christmas angels know who needs help on this holy night, and they are ready to fly down to help those who are lost, lonely, and weary.

The Christmas Angels

Small children will love the row of cutout angel heads that reveal the features of each little angel as each page is turned and each good deed done. This is a beautiful and inspiring picture book that heralds the Christmas message of loving kindness.

(Ages 3–6)

 

On Christmas Eve

Else Wenz-Viëtor

Hardbound

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Father Christmas is starting his rounds on Christmas Eve, but his little helper has forgotten to bring the gifts and sweets! Can she collect them all in time? Or will some children have no presents this year? This traditional story gives children a glimpse into the busy lives of Father Christmas and his helpers on Christmas Eve, showing the work of the angels up in the heavens and how all the creatures on Earth come to share in the joy of Christmas.

(Ages 3–6)

A Calf for Christmas

Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist

Hardbound

$17.95

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A Calf for Christmas

Astrid Lindgren's story is so dear it brings tears to my eyes.  The people in it are so real and there is such heart in the story; truly, this is a tale for Christmas.

It’s the last day of school before Christmas and snow is falling heavily. Johan heads to school on his sled, but he can’t stop thinking about the terrible thing that happened yesterday—his family’s only cow died, and they have no money to buy another.

The rich farmer Peter Jonsson has come to town today for the Christmas market. He buys a calf then, after spending some time in the local pub, loses it on the sleigh ride home! When Johan heads out to clear snow, what does he find?... Maybe he’ll have a happy Christmas after all.

(Ages 4–7)

The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy

A Christmas Tale

Reg Down

Illustrated with beautiful watercolor paintings by the author

Softbound

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The Cricket and the Shepherd

Who but Reg Down could bring us a new Christmas story that glows with such warmth and beauty?  The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy  is a gift for the Season of Love.  The author's paintings filling each page evoke a wholesome joy that resonnates in wonderful ways with the story itself.  I can tell as I hold this book that it will carry its message and its warmth far - families throughout the world will mark the Christmas season by taking it off the shelf and reading it each year.  And then it will live on in the hearts of the children and adults who hear it.  The Cricket and the Shepherd Boy is a treasure.

The story:  

A young shepherd hears a cricket singing at his feet. The cricket speaks to him and foretells that the coming winter will be both special and especially cold. Then he disappears back into the grass.

The winter is indeed especially harsh, but on a star-studded night the cricket and the shepherd boy make their way to a manger huddled low between two hills. There they find a mother and father with a child who radiates light and warmth into the world.

This innocent and warmhearted nativity tale is intended for parents to read to their children at Christmas time. While the story itself is timeless, this tale is most suitable for children from preschool to grade four or five.

Lucy's Christmas

Donald Hall

Illustrated by Michael McCurdy

Softbound, large format

$10.95

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Late in August a branch of the sugar maple turned red, which made Lucy think of autumn and winter.

Lucy Wells liked planning ahead.

Evey though it was far off, she thought about Christmas at the South Danbury Chruch, where all the families in the village opened their presents together.

So she started making Christmas presents.

Thus begins one of the most endearing Christmas stories I've ever read. Based on stories his own mother told him of her childhood, Donald Hall's story of a young girl's early 20th Century New England Christmas so beautifully captures the slow-paced warmth of those times, and the love of human hearts, that my own heart just melts every time I read it. The gentle woodcut illustrations are a perfect reflection of the story as well.

All in all, Lucy's Christmas is just perfect.

The Miracle in Bethlehem

A Storyteller's Tale

Sarah Burton

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Once upon a time, perhaps two thousand years ago, or maybe only yesterday, a man stood under a tree and waited. As he waited, people began to arrive: old people, young people, children, parents with babies, and even a couple of dogs. They settled on the cool grass under the shade of the great tree, all around the Storyteller, for that is who the man was. Once a year, everyone gathered round to hear him tell this story.

The storyteller’s tale is one we all think we know—the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of a very special baby. However, do we really know it? The Miracle in Bethlehem offers a unique retelling that weaves largely forgotten, ancient nativity legends into today’s more familiar narrative.

The short chapters make it ideal for nightly Advent or Holy Nights readings or for bedtime stories. Children will rediscover the wonder and sparkle of this great story by hearing it anew from some less familiar perspectives. Parents, too, will find it moving and surprising, hearing the traditional narrative through fresh ears.

(Ages 6–9)

Light in the Lantern

Stories for Advent

Georg Dreissig

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Mary and Joseph's path to Bethlehem is fraught with difficulties, but a small miracle happens on each day. The story of each miracle brings us a little closer to Christmas, until we finally reach the stable in Bethlehem where the light in the lantern is waiting in anticipation of Jesus' birth.

This is a beautiful way to convey to children the mounting joy that culminates in Christmas -- a beloved classic filled with heart-treasures.

The Old Shepherd's Tale

Christopher Nye

Paintings by Henri Sørensen

Heirloom quality hardbound, dust jacketed, large format

$17.95

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This story brought tears to my eyes, it is so poignantly beautiful, the perfect compliment to the festival of Christmas.

An old shepherd shares the stable with his animals on the night Mary and Joseph arrive and give birth to the infant Jesus. Miraculously, the stable fills with angels and with light, and the ox, the donkey and the cow are able to speak to each other and to the old shepherd. Each animal gives a special gift to the Child - the donkey (speaking for all donkeys) offers protection and safe passage into Egypt; the ox shares his strength with the Child, strength enough to become a carpenter and eventually carry a large cross; the cow offers the nourishment of her milk, that the Baby may become a strong man.

The shepherd goes on with his life of tending these and other animals, but when able to do so, shares the miracle of that night with those who do not know of it: a man beating an ox to make it labor harder, runs to find a second ox to help the first when he learns of the ox's gift to the Child; the shepherd buys starving donkeys, grazes them back to health and then sells them to a good home; the forgetful milkmaid never again leaves the cow unmilked once she learns of the cow's gift.

The shepherd sees the greatness of these beasts -- and shares that vision with us in this story that goes straight to the heart. For all ages.

The Way to the Stable

A Christmas Story

Max Bolliger

Illustrated by Arcadio Lobato

Hardbound

$15.95

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A lame, surly-tongued shepherd lives near Bethlehem. When a choir of angels appears bringing good news of a child, he turns away. When the other shepherds set out to find the child, he just watches them go. Why bother - they are just chasing a dream. At last, he sets out to follow them, not to find the child but to gloat at their folly. What happens when he finally reaches the stable? A miracle, of course!! A wonderful Christmas tale for ages 3 - 9.

Stories for the Festivals of the Year

Told for Children

Irene Johanson

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$19.95

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I had never heard of this little treasure of a book until a few weeks ago. In fact, I had never seen a copy until those I had requested sight unseen arrived at my door.

It's been a long time since I was in a community where simple yet deep and beautiful stories were told at festival times -- Irene Johanson has brought that all back to me and offers it to anyone who opens her book. Although these tales for the Christian festivals are indeed told for children, it is hard for me to imagine anyone who could listen to or read these stories without loving them.

Most of the stories are quite short, which is good not only because they can be told at bedtime, but because there is so much imaginative gold contained in each that these small portions allow the heart to wrap itself completely around the stories and lets the mind imagine each one to the fullest.

Contents:

  • Easter, Ascension and Whitson - 9 different stories
  • Legends about St. John (the Baptist) - 10 stories
  • The Marriage of the King's Son (for Michaelmas) - 3 stories
  • The Animals' Joy at Christmas - 6 stories
  • Star Legends for Epiphany - 6 stories
  • Holy Week - 6 stories

Mary's Little Donkey

and the Flight to Egypt

Gunhild Sehlin

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Our family read this story every advent for years. I divided the book into 24 parts, reading each one after we opened the next door of the advent calendar for that night. The copy of the story we had did not contain the Flight into Egypt, so our reading stopped at Christmas Eve. Had we been able to do so, I would have divided the Flight into Egypt into 11 parts and read one each of the Holy NIghts following Christmas Eve. I still can't think of a better - and simpler - way to celebrate that time of year. You can begin your own tradition when your oldest child is about 4. Your younger children will be captivated by the interest of the eldest and can fully participate in this evening ritual.

The stubborn, dirty little donkey who is of no use to anyone in Nazareth becomes a quick and willing helper under Mary's care. But Mary and Joseph have to leave Nazareth in obedience to Caesar's decree, and the donkey carries Mary to Bethlehem where the Child is born. The donkey hopes to carry Mary and her son quickly back to Nazareth, but instead they have to flee to far-away Egypt . . .

Gunhild Sehlin worked for over twenty years as a UN children's worker in Jordan and Jerusalem.

The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson

An Ancient Norwegian Folksong of the Holy Nights

Illustrated by Janet Jordan

Hardbound

$35.00

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This legendary folk song came to light in 1850, when a member of the clergy named Landstad first heard it in a lonely valley of Telemark, Norway. The epic narrative—whose origin is lost to time—tells of a young man who slept for twelve days and nights during the deep winter. When he finally awoke, he shared the wondrous sights he had seen.

I can remember reading this folksong together with friends during the Holy Nights almost 30 years ago - it is a memory I treasure. There is something deeply profound and deeply beautiful to be found in this story - something that will stay with you always once it touches you.

This edition of The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson is illuminated by Janet Jordan’s striking paintings, which give new life to this timeless legend and help modern readers connect more intimately with its profound meaning.

A Christmas Story

Karl König

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$16.95

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This gentle and imaginative story was woven by König from experiences undergone by a community of handicapped children and their helpers when a child in their midst had died.

Also contained in this volume is the report of a journey, which König undertook in 1961 to several European towns connected with the tragic life of Kaspar Hauser, whose extraordinary being had for so many years been an inspiration to him in his work with handicapped children.

Plays for Christmas

Karl König

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In general, the plays are to be performed by teenaged and adult actors.

$8.95

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Plays occupied a special place in Karl König's creative life. He didn't write them as 'works of art,' rather, he wrote them when a special constellation within the community in which he lived inspried him - a constellation of people and events within the festival being of the year. For him, they were a way of bringing the spiritual impulse of the time into direct connection with human beings and their lives.

Plays for Christmas contains:

  • A Play for Advent
  • A Little Christmas Celebration
  • A Community Christmas Play

Celebrating Christmas Together

Nativity and Three Kings Plays with stories and songs

Estelle Bryer and Janni Nicol

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$19.95

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Create the wonder of Christmas with your children at school or at home - starting with a simple Advent Calendar and Crêche. The Nativity Play is spell binding - whether told as a story in verse, narrated whilst children act the parts, or performed entirely by children.

This Christmas treasury includes:

  • The Nativity Play with staging directions and instructions for simple costumes and props
  • Songs and music to accompany the play
  • How to create a Crêche
  • Making an Advent Calendar
  • The Three Kings Play
  • Christmas stories

The Christmas Story Book

Collected by Ineke Verschuren

$29.95

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The Christmas Story Book is one of the best anthologies of Christmas tales available anywhere. The stories are a colorful colleciton, carefully choses to show the spirit of Christmas in many different facets. The book is divided into five sections: Advent, the Birth of the Child, Christmas night through the ages, Christmas in the world, and the Three King's time. Authors include Hans Christian Andersen, Leonid Andreiev, Jane Clement, Maxim Gorki, Gerhard Klein, Selma Lagerlöf and many more.

The Christmas Star

Well-loved songs for the Christmas season from Advent to Three Kings Day to sing with your beloved children

Mary Thienes-Schunemann

A Naturally You Can Sing Production

Songbook and audio CD Parent/Teacher Resource

$24.95

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In olden times, when a person wished to express something sacred and holy, they were not allowed to speak about it, they could only sing. It was recognized that singing contained a higher power than speech and was a holy activity. There are still echoes of this ancient practice in some cultures of the world today. The memory is still present that how we use our voices to sing and speak can contribute to healing and peace, in our hearts and in the world.

- Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Tears filled my eyes several times as I listened to the CD that accompanies this extraordinary song book. It was not just that the music and singing were so very beautiful, nor was it that the songs were so well chosen, nor even that they brought back some of the best memories of my life. It was that Mary's music is all these things and something much more as well - The Christmas Star is quite simply a sun-drenched outpouring of hope and love. What could have been just one more nice collection of Christmas carols has, through her healing artistry and deep sensitivity, come into the world a gleaming, golden gift of life offered to our children and their children beyond.

I can't think of a better gift for your children, your family, yourself - a true celebration of the Light of Love kindled in the darkest season.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas

Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone

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What to say about this great tale of Christmas with Aunts in the kitchen and Uncles in the parlor, of snowballs and cats, fires and dinner gongs, and the myriad other adventures available to a wide-eyed child in snowy, Christmas-y Wales? Actually, I don't know quite what to say, other than if you haven't read it yet, do. You'll love it. If you have read it, well, do read it again -- it is too jam-packed with delight and love not to go back to at least once a year, especially at Christmas time.

This edition is the one with the very best, right-on-target illustrations, just right for the story and just lovely on their own.

As an invitation for more fun (and to remind those who've read it why it's such a frolic), here's the opening page:

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

The Clown of God

Tomie de Paola

Softbound, large format

$7.99

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Tomie dePaola's retelling of the French legend of the clown whose final gift to God is a selfless outpouring of his talents is gloriously sensitive, graceful and ultimately deeply moving and inspiring. His luminous watercolor illustrations are bright, alive and graceful - juxtaposing the stucco, tile and stone buildings of medieval Europe as a backdrop to the bright costumes of The Clown of God. The result is one that delights the eye as it assures the heart that all shall truly be well. The story culminates on a Christmas Eve of long ago, yet alive in our hearts to this day. The Clown of God remains a family favorite--our teenagers (and their parents) still pull it off the shelf to remind themselves of the truer things in life. Illustrated with Tomie dePaola's characteristic humor, good taste and beautiful use of color. A gift for children ages 6 and older.

Lara's First Christmas

Alice O. Howell

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$9.95

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The day I sat down to review this book, I felt as if I had been given a Christmas present -- the kind that are wrapped in beautiful paper with big ribbons and then, when you open them, there inside the box is just what you've been hoping for. That's how wonderful Lara's First Christmas is -- a warm, loving tale that everyone in your family is sure to want to hear each and every Christmas season. It will bring you warm-hearted smiles, giggles of delight, and tears that come from a place far within. In the end, you'll know that life is a gift and that life is good - love indeed rules the world.

Lara and her parents are refugees, fleeing a country "in the East" on the eve of World War II. They find themselves marooned in an isolated little hotel in snowbound Norway. Left all alone, Lara finds two eccentric old English guests who teach her to ski. And she discovers deep love and wisdom from the grandfatherly carpenter Andreas, who teaches her that Christmas really is a universal event, open to every heart and every faith.

A warm, luminous story about the real meaning of Christmas—from the author of The Beejum Book.

Christmas - Volume 3 of the Little Series

From the work of Rudolf Steiner

Compiled by Helmut von Kügelgen

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$15.00

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These little books created by Helmut von Kügelgen are just amazing - each and every one of them was compiled with an eye toward the soul needs of teachers. The outcome is that each and every one of them carries within it such warmth, such heart-opening goodness, such hope and love, that they meet not just the needs of teachers, but of all of us.

Christmas is densely packed with meditations on the meaning of the seasons, the Gospel stories of Christmas, prayers and verses of resounding simplicity and richness, even a St. Nicolas celebration for children by von Kügelgen makes an appearance.

The tenderness and depth of Christmas is of a nature that extends well beyond a time of year -- as, in fact, the original Christmas has done.

Contents:

  • How to Work with This Booklet
  • The Four Different Accounts of Christmas in the Gospels
  • Universal Verse for the Earth
  • The Gospel of St. John
  • The Christmas Conference 1923/1924
  • Christmas Verse
  • Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • The Etheric Body as a Reflection of the Universe
  • Wisdom, Power and Love
  • In Praise of Love
  • The Armour of God - Verse by Angelus Silesius
  • Universal Verse for Our Earth
  • Freedom and Peaceful Collaboration
  • Isis, Sophia and Maria Unified in Love through the Child
  • Forces of Child and Forces of Eternity
  • The Birth of Christ in the Human Soul
  • The Christ-Impulse throughout History
  • Peace on Earth
  • Summer and Winter/New Year's Eve and the Holy Nights
  • Verses by Angelus Silesius
  • The First Gift
  • The Nicholas Messenger
  • Apocalyptic Advent Gospel - Gospel Texts for Advent, Christmas time, Epiphany and Beyond

Festivals and Their Meaning

Rudolf Steiner

Revised translation by Matthew Barton

$32.00

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This is an anthology of 30 of Rudolf Steiner's most detailed descriptions of the primary Christian festivals. Together they form a picture of deeply held, truly joyful, celebration of events that are cosmic and universal, not secular and specific. The cycle of the year is seen as a living organic development that embraces not only the human being but all creation as well. Steiner sees the traditional form of these Christian holidays as having once bespoken the newest revelation of human evolution. Now, the full cosmic significance of these moments requires new understanding and new forms. If you would like to comprehend the meaning of the festivals from an anthroposophic point of view, this is the cornerstone book.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals

Charles Kovacs

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$16.00

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The rhythms of the Earth can be seen, for example, in the daily cycle of day and night and in the yearly seasonal changes. Rudolf Steiner spoke of how Christian festivals such as Easter, Pentecost (or Whitsun), and Christmas fit not into only these patterns, but also into the macrocosmic rhythms of the cosmos and into the microcosmic human rhythms.

In this concise, readable volume, Charles Kovacs explores the structure of our calendar year and considers in detail the background to the various Christian festivals, including less popular St. John's Tide and Michaelmas.

The Spiritual Background to Christian Festivals offers inspiring insights into why we worship and celebrate at particular times, as well as discussions of the deep spiritual significance of the Christian year.

Gazing into the Eyes of the Future

The Enactment of Saint Nicholas in the Waldorf School

David Tresemer

with contributions from Doal Samson and David Mitchell

Softbound booklet

$8.00

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David Tresemer has given us a beautiful and thoughtful consideration of the Festival of St. Nicholas as it is enacted in Waldorf schools. I've always loved this festival and have seen how much it means to the children (of all ages) when it is enacted for them with sincerity and understanding. It is as thought the original gift of St. Nicholas were passed along to all of them, imbuing the walnuts and fruit with the gold that is love. In this little book, Tresemer captures it all.

The Table of Contents:

  • Gazing into the Eyes of the Future
  • The Light in the Eyes
  • The History of Saint Nicholas
  • Responses of the Various Grades
  • St. Nicholas in High School and the Gift of Fruit and Nuts
  • Rupert, the Dark Side, and the Demonstration of Karma
  • A Final Comment from Nicholas
  • The Teacher's Perspective by Donald Samson
  • Nicholas and Rupert - a Story Told by David Mitchell

Love and Its Meaning in the World

Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

$24.95

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After over 25 years of reading this book and thinking about its content, I am of the opinion that these are Steiner's most important lectures. A better knowledge and understanding of their content would go a long way toward removing a lot of the dogmatism and hierarchical thinking that has permeated the Anthroposophical movement and the world at large over the years. The title lecture alone is worth the price of the book - in it Steiner clarifies with poignant and exquisite beauty that the Being called Christ is Love, that anyone for whom Love is the primary reality of life is "Christian," regardless of whether he or she has ever heard of Jesus or Christ.

In relation to his development of Anthroposophy, love is the very heart and ground of all Steiner's teaching, the foundation of all he did, and all he hoped that others would do. These are the lectures that make that usually implicit assumption explicit - these are the lectures that reveal the foundation of his work. Steiner taught that, without love, nothing is possible; but that with love, we can do everything. Love is always love of the not-yet. To love is to create; it is to enter selflessly into the current of time that flows toward us from the future.

This collection brings together all of Steiner's main lectures and writings relating to love - from earthly love to the nature and function of spiritual love. Among the topics included are: The Mystery of Love; The Division into Sexes; The Mission of Reverence; the Buddha's Teaching of Compassion; and Love, Faith, Love, Hope; and the title lecture.

Wonderful reading!

Four Seasons and the Archangels

Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Pauline Wehrle

$20.00

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These five lectures are among our favorites. The beauty of Steiner's portrayal of the activities of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel at the four pillars of the year is breathtaking. These lectures picture the alchemy of the cosmos, human beings, plants, animals and minerals moving together through the all the forces of elemental nature to find the balance point of the Earth's true goal. Highly recommended as another key doorway to understanding the cosmic significance of the turning of the year.