Sunday, July 10, 2022

'Twas the Season of Advent by Glenys Nellist


If you are a fan of Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," but want to focus more on the religious meaning of the holiday, then Glenys Nellist's book, 'Twas the Season of Advent will be the perfect addition to your Christmas library.

Pages are dated starting December 1 and each day includes a portion of Nellist's poem (inspired by Clement Moore's), a Scripture verse, and a devotional that helps children understand the significance of the Advent season. I love that the first day mentions that the word "advent" is found within the word "adventure." What a great way for children to make the connection that the journey of faith is an adventure. The day's selection closes with a short prayer. Throughout this charming book, Elena Selivanova's illustrations offer a stunning complement to each day's reading. 

I love having a devotion written in a way that the youngest child can understand Christmas. I think children will also enjoy going straight through the book like a story reading through the poem from start to finish. The colorful and detailed illustrations help guide pre-readers through the story. If you have older children who are able to read, they may also enjoy helping to read parts of each day out loud to their family. This book is the perfect antidote to the cultural focus on Santa and the commercialization of Christmas. This would make a wonderful gift for any family with children or grandchildren. Bring new meaning to the significance of this holy season!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of 'Twas the Season of Advent from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. 

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