Christmas 2015 Staff Picks: LDS Department


Next on this year’s list of staff picks for Christmas books, our LDS deparment manager Mary Ann has chosen 8 of her favorite Christmas books.

 CHILDREN’S BOOK:

This is the perfect book for you to read with your kids the night before Christmas or even on Christmas Day!

C is For Christmas by Tonya Skousen Arenaz

C Is for Christmas Tonya Skousen Arenaz What is Christmas? Find the answer in twentysix simple yet meaningful verses, one for each letter of the alphabet. From singing angels and jingling bells to quiet reflections on Nativity scenes, these vibrant pages celebrate all the festivities of the season while reminding us that the greatest Christmas gift can’t be found under the tree. Featuring stunning art by renowned artists Howard Lyon, Sandra Kuck, Joseph Brickey, Jean Monti, and Ben Sowards and introducing beautiful art from newly discovered Mark Missman, this richly illustrated book renews favorite family memories and inspires new ones.

VISITING TEACHING:

These books are similar to pamphlets in that they’re only 10-15 pages long and they can fit in an envelope. These are the two we’re especially fond of this season, but we do have quite a selection. We call these our “visiting teaching” books because they’re small, not very expensive, and they tell a great story about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Perfect Gift by Henry B. Eyring

In this new Christmas booklet, President Henry B. Eyring shares some of his favorite Christmas gifts, both given and received. Through stories of assembling a barometer with his young son and creating an intricately carved wooden chest for his sweetheart, President Eyring reminds us that it isn t the price tag that determines the worth of a gift; the best gifts offer love and joy and they frequently involve help from others.

Giving joy . . . is rarely found in solitary effort, teaches President Eyring. And perhaps most important, invoking faith in the Savior, the Creator and source of all lasting happiness, invites the pure love of God, which is the greatest of all gifts and the sure source of enduring joy. However we choose to give this season, President Eyring reminds us that the best gifts of the season share love and the testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.

Cherishing Christmas by Toni Sorenson

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for Santiago, Christmas is just another bitter reminder of the emptiness he’s felt since the loss of his beloved wife, Maria. He anticipates another holiday nursing the unbearable ache of loneliness, until one extraordinary night, when the dim flame of hope is reignited.

In a vivid dream, Santiago is promised that he will feel the joy of Christmas once more, with one stipulation: he must act on three truths that he once held dear. Upon waking, Santiago feels a glimmer of hope—somewhere inside himself, buried deep beneath the pain, are once-cherished truths that can free him from the bonds of sorrow. As Santiago embarks on the road to remembrance, his journey is a heartfelt reminder of the reason for the season, and of the reality of Christ’s promise: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). This warm story from bestselling author Toni Sorenson will remind you of what we cherish most, especially at Christmas.

NOVEL:

This is the book we all want to curl up and read with a big mug of hot cocoa!

World War II Christmas Story by Dean Hughes

A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblenance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the homefront.

Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavendar blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end.

Meantime, on a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, her soldier son catches a familiar scent of lavendar which briefly transports him back to the homefront to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination.

Remembering The Joy Of Christmas by Anita Stansfield

A beloved season of festivity and tradition, Christmas heralds the creation of treasured family memories and inspires our hearts to turn to the tender recollections of the past. In Remembering the Joy of Christmas, more than a dozen of the finest authors in LDS fiction have joined together to craft a heartwarming compilation of their own personal accounts of Christmases gone by.

From the magic of one family’s inspiring Twelve Days of Christmas to a miraculous holiday spent in a hospital waiting room, each poignant story demonstrates a simple truth: it is not the lights or decorations that are central to a joyous holiday season. The true meaning of Christmas comes in focusing on the spirit of the season.

grandma’s BOOK:

This is the gift all you grandparent’s should look at getting your grandchildren!

Asleep On The Hay by Ben Sowards

It is Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It is the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck.

Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.

STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS:

These books are small and not very expensive. In other words, they are perfect gifts for Santa to place in your child’s stocking!

Little Reindeer Little Snowman (with Finger Puppet)

Little Snowman Finger Puppet Book Little Snowman

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