Books For Bitties: 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.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book!