06 Nov ‘Twas The Evening of Christmas
Zonderkidz Publishers graciously gifted me ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret I LOVE Christmas books. I collect them throughout the year. One of the struggles I’ve had is finding beautifully illustrated Christmas books about the birth of Jesus. As a Christian, sharing the birth of Jesus is so important to me, but I struggle with finding children’s books about the birth of Christ.
I’ve had the privilege of sharing Glenys Nellist’s books before. Her beautifully illustrated books are some of my top favorites for Christian books for children. So, it should come to no surprise that when I received ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist (from the publisher in exchange for an honest review), I cried. Then I immediately emailed Glenys and thanked her for writing such a beautiful Christmas book.
Over the weekend, I was strolling through Barnes & Nobles with my friends and saw ‘Twas The Evening of Christmas. I told them, “‘Twas the Evening of Christmas is a wonderful Christmas Christian children’s book. You should get it.”
‘Twas the Evening of Christmas is written in a way that feels similar to the classic poem, The Night Before Christmas. Instead of reindeer and Santa, readers will read a retelling of Mary and Joseph entering Bethlehem in search of an empty inn. The pages of the animals curious of their mysterious visitors is breathtaking, you can almost feel the pigeons and cows leaning in to the expectant mother with curiosity. Then you will go to the hillside and read about the angels visiting the shepherds. Of course, the three wise men come too. At each page turn, I would glance up only to be surprised that I was in state of Georgia, USA and not in Bethlehem. It felt like I was right there. The story is so familiar and so beloved, but I was so captured by Glenys’ words that it felt new.
The illustrations are breathtaking. They are so rich in detail. I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to open the ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas book and promptly frame a two page spread. It’s that beautiful, you will want everyone to see it. And that is how Christmas should be; to make the birth of Christ front and center.
‘Twas the Evening of Christmas is an instant classic. The story is beloved and well-known. Whether you are a Christian or not, you probably know the story of the birth of Christ. The beautiful illustrations and the incredible words of ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas will be a great edition to your family’s Christmas books collection. It is also the type of book you can create specific and amazing traditions around for your family to enjoy for years and years. I can’t wait to share this book with my kids. I plan to use ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas to kick off our Advent celebration.
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