Five Tips for Celebrating Christmas with Books by Nancy I. Sanders

Our neighbors built a fire in their firepit and invited the children on our street over to toast s’mores. The wonderful fragrance of woodsmoke made everyone feel so festive! It’s Christmas time! 

This year as we’re getting to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, there are so many things I’m thankful for this year, even in the midst of all the news and all the national and world events that are going on. Most of all, I’m thankful that God is still on the throne. I’ve read the end of the Book…and His plan will come to pass in perfect timing. We are more than conquerors in Christ!

One thing I’m especially thankful for is the list of good books for our families and children that are made available through resources such as Answers in Genesis, the Institute for Creation Research, and Master Books. They didn’t have books like this when our kids were growing up.  If you want to try celebrating Christmas with books, here are a few tips to help you get started.

TIP #1 Prioritize Gifting Christian Books

With Christmas arriving sooner than later and everyone tightening their belts with their budget this year, I want to encourage you to be intentional about your gift giving. Prioritize gifting books to your children and grandchildren that build a foundation of faith while teaching them to grow more like Christ and believe the Bible is trustworthy and true.

Tip #2: Choose Books by Christian Publishers

Choose books published by Christian publishers with biblical-based values. Master Books has great biblical-based and Creation-based curriculum resources for homeschooling families. CLICK HERE to visit their online store. We purchased some of their math books by Angela O’Dell. How wonderful it is for kids to learn adding, subtracting, and solid math skills while reading stories and examples about a Christian family who visits Grandma and Grandpa on their farm and takes missionary trips together!

Tip #3: Choose Creation-based, Biblical Books

Answers in Genesis offers a line-up of amazing books for kids (and grown-ups) of every age! CLICK HERE to visit their online store. Perfect for homeschooling families, church libraries, and every family wanting to grow in our faith, there are so many resources I don’t know where to start. You can learn the truth about dinosaurs, Creation, Noah’s Ark, answers to questions about the Bible…and more! Check out CREATION FUN WITH THE GRANDKIDS: ACTIVITIES THAT INSPIRE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT OUR CREATOR.

Tip #4: Choose Books that Teach the Truth about Science and the Bible

The Institute for Creation Research offers great resources for “Proclaiming Scientific Truth in Creation.” Science and the Bible. What an amazing combination! CLICK HERE to visit their online store. I recently purchased two copies of their brand-new book about our National Parks, PARKS ACROSS AMERICA: VIEWING GOD’S WONDERS THROUGH A CREATIONIST LENS. One copy is for our bookshelves and another is to gift to a friend for Christmas.

Tip #5: Build Your Own Personal Library of Christian Books

Tip #5: Build Your Own Personal Library of Christian Books

Unfortunately, our local libraries and stores are promoting books for children that simply do not reflect our family’s values, let alone biblical truth. My personal goal is to build up a library of books here in our home that teach God’s truth and support biblical values so we can grow stronger in the ways of the Lord on every topic from penguins to ancient history. Yes, it is a financial investment, but it’s an eternal investment that is definitely worth making a priority. I encourage you to prayerfully do the same!

Nancy I. Sanders, a bestselling and award-winning children’s author of over 100 books including her newest bedtime board book, BEDTIME WITH DADDY. For more information about Nancy and her books, CLICK HERE to visit her website.

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