What We’re Reading: Santa’s Prayer and ‘Twas the Night Before Christ

This week, Simple Kids book reviewer Amy (Girlfriends Get Real) shares two Christmas favorites from her family’s collection:

santasprayerEvery year on Christmas Eve, each of our children receives a new pair of pajamas and a Christmas book to add to our library. I am always trying to find new and unique books to give. This year I came across a book by a South Dakota author called Santa’s Prayer. I ordered the book from the site Santa’s Prayer and 100% of the proceeds from the book are donated to the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota.

Santa’s Prayer is a story of a brother and sister that follow Santa on Christmas Eve as he enters a little church. They see Santa knelt down by the manger so they move closer to hear what he has to say. The story captures Santa praying about the children he will visit that night. He is praying that he hopes the children he visits will realize that Christmas is about so much more than the presents under the tree. The true meaning of Christmas is about Jesus Christ.

This delightful story was exactly what I was looking for to add to our Christmas library. Santa does visit our house, but we always try to keep the focus on the real meaning of the season. This is the second children’s book written by Tom Roberts.

nightbeforechristmasThe first is a story titled ‘Twas the Night Before Christ. This book has been one of our favorite books for years. It is a story that follows the famous rhyme by Clement C. Moore. However, it follows Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.

The illustrations by Steve Hoffman, (also the illustrator of Santa’s Prayer), bring the story to life. One of my favorite pages from the book summarize the book so well. “And there in the hay on that first Christmas morn, a baby boy-child, a Savior, Jesus Christ was born! His eyes how they sparkled, his face all aglow and the goodness of God showed from head to toe.”

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