A Family Tradition, with Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree!

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I grew up with Christmas tradition like advent ornaments, listening to Christmas music, decorating the tree together as a family, and watching holiday movies. I want my kids to share in traditions, too.

Serenity is too young to really understand what’s going on at Christmas time – what any of it means – but she’s old enough to enjoy music and books, and this year we’re instituting a new tradition for our little family.

We are huge readers in our family, and thanks to Zonderkidz, we are starting our new tradition of celebrating Christmas with a new book with a truly wonderful title.

Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree is a sweet story that teaches children about the meaning behind the various elements of the Christmas tree, from the star on top, to the ornaments and twinkly lights. This is a very cute book, and very pretty. I love the easy rhythm of the story (which rhymes), the simplicity and clarity of the story itself, and the adorable pictures. Bonus – the little girl in the story is a curly redhead, just like Serenity! ?

Crystal Bowman has written lots of cute books for children, and Claudine Gevry is a phenomenal illustrator who has worked on numerous artistic projects. After reading this book, I’ll be looking to collect some of their other titles for our family’s collection.

Zonderkidz is sponsoring a giveaway of this great book on The Homemade Creative! To win a copy of Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (you must be at least 18 years old and a US resident to enter or win). Check back after the giveaway ends on December 25th (yep, Christmas day!), 2013, to see if you’re a winner! The winner has 48 hours to reply to my email, before we choose a new one. Good luck!

You can pick up a copy of Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree on Amazon. Connect with Zonderkidz on their website, Facebook, or Twitter, to find more great titles for kids and adults.

Do you have special books you read to your kids (or yourself) this time of year? What was your favorite holiday tradition as a kid? What about now?

This post is part of The Homemade Creative’s Christmas Gift Guide 2013! To see all of our Gift Guide items, click on the image or on the words “Christmas Gift Guide” at the top of the page. Merry Christmas! ?

Disclosure: We received the book mentioned in this post free in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are our own, and may differ from those of others.

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16 comments on “A Family Tradition, with Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree!”

  1. katrina said:

    We read a lot of different Christmas books. Still looking for a special one to read every year. We have one that plays music the whole time it is open so far that is the kids favorite lol.

    1. Lol, kids do seem to love anything that makes noise! Is it at least pleasant music?

  2. Kelli Johanesen said:

    I love the book Over and Over. It isn’t specifically about Christmas, but it is about all the holidays. It’s very sweet.

    1. I’ll have to look for it at the library.

  3. My favorite tradition in my family is everyone getting together for a big Christmas breakfast every Christmas day! Being with family means more to me than anything!

    1. Sounds fun! We do a mid-day dinner on Christmas Eve, and a snacking lunch thingy Christmas Day. Some of my favorites, too. ?

  4. Nicole Lancaster said:

    My favorite family Christmas tradition as a child and now is decorating Gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve then taking a horse drawn wagon to see the lights in Winterhaven.

    1. That sounds really nice! ? I didn’t decorate my first gingerbread house until I was 25 years old, but my daughter helped decorate her first house at not quite 8 months old. It’s a lot of fun!

  5. Kelly Kmmell said:

    We buy a special new ornament every year for our tree!

    1. We do that, too!! Serenity got a cute metal Christmas tree ornament this year, because she insists on carrying it all over the place, and I didn’t want it to break.

  6. Cheryl Hart said:

    Every year, when my kids were young, we read the story of The Three Trees. A beautiful book with a priceless message!

    1. I love, love, love that book!! My mom read it to us many times. ?

  7. Anonymous said:

    I recently read “Henry, the Chicken” to my grandsons. It was written by their aunt. :0) They loved it!!! Why didn’t I think to read it to them before this??? …Debbie Johanesen

    1. You know, I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure of Henry the Chicken, yet, though I’ve been hearing about it for ages. I’m glad they liked it!

  8. We like the Legend of the Candy Cane and Legend of the Christmas Stocking books, among others.

    1. I haven’t read those, I’ll have to look for them. Thanks for sharing!

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