Books For Bitties: God Gave Us Christmas

God Gave us Christmas

“Santa Claus reminds us about many good things like generosity and care.
But it is God and Jesus that we celebrate most come Christmas.
We always want to thank God for giving us Christmas.”

My kids currently do not have a single book on their shelves, or our “Christmas Book Basket” sitting out in our living room, that has a single word about Santa.  For this one, though, I’ll make an exception.  One of the things that I liked best about this sweet children’s picture book was the way that the characters — a family of bears (my one-year-old kept insisting they were doggies) — dealt with the issue of Santa (see quote above), by drawing attention to the spirit of generosity that he embodies, while pointing back around to Christ.

Like the other “God Gave Us…” books, this one takes places as a conversation between Little Bear and her Mama Bear as they explore the world God created and make connections about how nature declares who God is.  Some of these analogies, about God being a light in darkness or his incarnation in the world being like a flower blooming in spring, may well go over young reader’s heads, but the musical cadences would make this a wonderful bedtime book, and the overarching theme is abundantly clear: Christmas is all about God and what He has done for us.

Other “God Gave Us” books:
God Gave Us You God Gave Us Love God Gave Us Two God Gave Us the World God Gave Us Heaven

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book!

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5 responses to “Books For Bitties: God Gave Us Christmas”

  1. Lilee says :

    A friend of mine tells her children this about Santa Claus:
    “Santa Claus brings gifts to children every Christmas to remind them of the Wise Men who broughts gifts to the newborn Baby Jesus.That is why Santa brings you only three gifts each year, to represent the gold, frankincense and myrrh from the Three Wise Men.”
    She then goes on to remind them that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ.

    • WNK says :

      That’s a neat idea as well! I definitely appreciate any tradition that puts the focus back on Jesus and what Christmas is really about, and the connection with the three gifts of the wise men is a neat touch

      • Lilee says :

        I like that it puts a limit on the amount of gifts Santa brings so that a child’s wish list isn’t a million miles long and it provides a reason for the gifts. It’s not about commercialized greed, it’s about recognizing the celebration of our Lord.

  2. Jon says :

    I’m going to have to look into this. At this point, my kids treat Santa the same way they treat the Grinch: He’s a character on TV. I’m hoping to keep it that way! So many people ask them, “What’s Santa bringing you?” we knew we couldn’t “hide” him. Awesome to use Santa to point back to Jesus!

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