Saturday, December 21, 2013
Christmas Stories That Warm The Heart
By Nan Corbitt Allen
Published by B&H Publishing Group, October 2013
Starting with the prophecies of the Old Testament relating to the coming of Christ and the significance of Bethlehem as Christ's birthplace, the Christmas story is unpicked to provide all sorts of fascinating pieces of information about livestock, shepherds, the wise men and their gifts.
The stories behind Christmas poems, songs, carols and Handel's Messiah are related as well as the background to all sorts of traditions and Christmas beliefs, including poinsettias, Christmas cards, "Silent Night" (given in German and in English!), Christmas-themed popular songs and movies and the ballet "The Nutcracker". True war-time stories and travelling home for Christmas also get a special mention.
The book itself is beautifully produced, with subtle background designs printed on the paper and a very clear, readable and festive green font; appropriate quotations from the Bible are interspersed and a special section at the book for recording your own favourite Christmas traditions is a lovely touch.
A gorgeous little book, ideal as stocking-filler gift for someone special at Christmas.