Christmas & Advent

The Christian year begins with the birth of a baby. No one knows the exact day Jesus was born, but the date of December 25th was specifically chosen and introduced to Christian believers in order to counter the pagan feast of the "sun god," which was a popular winter solstice festival held in Rome. Instead of trying to coax the sun to return North again, this Christian theological corrective was meant to celebrate the source of true light in our dark world: the Son of God.

It was not until the fourth century that people began to celebrate Christ's birth. In keeping with Old testament feasts and festivals, it was designated a feast day called the Feast of the Nativity. The celebration began with a special Mass in honor of the remembrance of His coming, first called "Christ's Mass," later simply "Christmas." It was Christ being celebrated, not the day!

Later, the four week period before December 25th was declared a sacred and holy season. It was called "Advent," which comes from the Greek through the Latin and means "to come." It was a special time, designed to remind us that the Old testament saints had anxiously awaited the Messiah for centuries, and to provide a period of preparation that would allow time for reflection before the celebration of His birth. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas day, our actions and activities should remind us of our need for Jesus.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
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in CLEARANCE & FREE BOOKS (Location: ZCLE)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Matt Tavares
from Candlewick Press
for Preschool-3rd Grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
Advent and Christmas In Family Worship
by Doug & Amy Hayes
from Home Fires Publishing
for Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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Advent Coloring Calendar
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in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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Advent Foretold
by Gary & Wanda Sanseri
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in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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Advent of the Lamb of God
from InterVarsity Press
for 5th-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$17.00
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by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
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by Gale Wiersum, Illustrated by Alex Steele Morgan
from Golden Books
for Preschool-1st grade
in Little Golden Books (Location: PIC-GOLD)
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by Charles Dickens
from W. W. Norton and Co.
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Babar and Father Christmas
by Jean De Brunhoff
1st edition from Random House Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Babar and Father Christmas
by Jean De Brunhoff
1st edition from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Baboushka and the Three Kings
by Ruth Robbins, Nicolas Sidjakov (Illustrator)
from Houghton Mifflin
Word Books for Preschool-2nd grade
1961 Caldecott Medal winner
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Bartholomew's Passage
by Arnold Ytreeide
from Kregel Publications
for 4th-6th grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$10.50 (1 in stock)
Bells of Christmas
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Lambert Davis
from Harcourt Brace Jovanich
for 3rd-8th grade
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Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson
from HarperCollins
Humor for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.94
Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Study Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Andrew Clausen
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 4th-6th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: LIT-SGPP)
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by Andrew Clausen
from Progeny Press
Literature Guide for 4th-6th grade
in Progeny Press Interactive CDs (Location: LITSG-PPCD)
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from Vermont Christmas Company
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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by Steven Estes
from New Growth Press
for Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$15.99
Birds' Christmas Carol
by Kate Douglas Wiggin
from Yesterday's Classics
Christmas/Advent for 3rd-6th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$10.16
Celebrate the Feasts
by Martha Zimmerman
from Bethany House
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$4.00 (1 in stock)
Charles Dickens Christmas
by Charles Dickens
from Oxford University
for 6th-12th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
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by Evelyn Sharp (illustrated by Charles Robinson)
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 2nd-6th grade
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by Mary D. Lankford
from Mulberry Books
for 3rd-5th grade
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by Joan O'Brien
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$2.99
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Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
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Christmas Carol
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by Charles Dickens
from Dover Publications
for 9th-Adult
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by Charles Dickens
from Gramercy Books
for 8th-Adult
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Christmas Carol
Puffin Classics
by Charles Dickens
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.94
Christmas Carol
Sterling Classics
by Charles Dickens & Scott McKowen
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$7.96 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
from William Heinemann
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens,
Enriched Classic from Pocket Books
for 9th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
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Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt
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Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Christmas Carol
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in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$12.00 (3 in stock)
Christmas Carol
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Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Christmas Carol (adapted)
by Charles Dickens, Stephen Krensky
from HarperCollins
for Kindergarten-7th grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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Books of Wonder
by Charles Dickens (illustrated by Carter Goodrich)
from HarperCollins
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Christmas Carol - Progeny Press Guide
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from Progeny Press
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by Charles Dickens
from Everyman's Library
for 8th-Adult
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by Charles Dickens
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 5th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
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by Charles Dickens
from Reader's Digest
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in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
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BabyLit
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by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada
from Crossway Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$21.99
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by Fredrick McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack
from Scholastic Press
for 3rd-6th grade
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Christmas Is Here
by Lauren Castillo
from Simon and Schuster
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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Christmas Longing
by Joni Eareckson Tada
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for 9th-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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by Susan Wojciechowski
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in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
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by Jostein Gaarder
First American Condition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for 9th-Adult
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$10.20 (1 in stock)
Christmas Songs and Carols for Guitar
by Arranged with Tabulature by David Nadal
from Dover Publications
for 9th-Adult
in Christmas & Advent (Location: HOLIDAY)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
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by Jane Werner
from Golden Books
for Preschool-1st grade
in Little Golden Books (Location: PIC-GOLD)
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