The Very First Christmas Author:Maier, Paul L. Children's Christmas books are often long on fancy but short on fact. Many of them ignore the central theme of the first Christmas and opt instead for Grimm's fairy-tale settings, quaint old European towns, or wondrous winter tableaus. The many yuletide stories about dour woodcarvers, sullen cobblers, or Ebenezer Scrooges who are transformed by ... more »the spirit of Christmas are certainly heartwarming, even if predictable, but too often the great Source of the "spirit of Christmas" is overlooked.
These pages, instead, will seek to return the Christmas focus to where it belongs. The setting is in America's mountainous west, where a mother--wife of a forest ranger--tells her bright eight-year-old son about the Nativity. Because of their secluded location, the boy has not attended Sunday school regularly, and his mother must answer the real questions he--and perhaps many like him--has about "the very first Christmas."
Illustrated by Francisco Ordaz
Winner of The Gold Medallion Book Award, presented by the ECPA.« less