Dr. van Dyke has written many things about Christmas and no writer of our time has caught as he has the spirit of that day. No one can forget the "Story of the Other Wise Man," "The Lost Word," or "The First Christmas Tree," and now this little book has been brought out called "The Spirit of Christmas," which contains in the most attractive form his latest and best expression of the spirit of that festival. The first chapter in the book he calls "A Dream Story—The Christmas Angel," and it is well worthy of ranking with "The First Christmas Tree." It is an exquisite little story, written in the most graceful and charming style. This is followed by a little essay, "Christmas-Giving and Christmas-Living," most practical and suggestive at this time of the year; then comes a short Christmas sermon called "Keeping Christmas," on the text, "He that regardeth the day, regardeth the Lord," and finally two Christmas prayers, "A Christmas Prayer for the Home" and "A Christmas Prayer for Lonely Folks." There could hardly be a more appropriate and attractive book for this holiday time.
Nicole lives in the land of Christmas, a land of laughter and joy. But her world changes suddenly when Santa invites her to join him one Christmas Eve. What begins as a wonderful experience soon becomes a shocking reality, when Nicole realizes that not everyone shares the Spirit of Christmas and the joy of giving. Nicole and the Spirit of Christmas is a delightful story to be shared every Christmas and help rekindle the spirit of giving in all of us.
It's Christmas! There will be carols and candy canes and sparkling presents under the tree! But what about children whose families have no presents to give? Kind-hearted Drew wants to help them - but how?
Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love. Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy Tillman has hidden on every page!)
A heartwarming collection of true stories that will inspire, entertain, and get everyone into the spirit of Christmas At Christmastime, it's hard not to get caught up in the shopping, the decorating, the party planning and the family drama—and too we often to lose sight of the true meaning of the season. But sometimes, through God's grace or a simple twist of fate, we're able to step back and understand what the holiday is truly about. The Spirit of Christmas is an inspiring collection of true stories from real-life people who have experienced such moments where the meaning of the season becomes clear and touches their hearts. A man mailing gifts at the post office witnesses a moving scene that changes his life forever. An unhappy couple are drifting further apart...until a special Christmas gift allows them to renew their love and mend their fractured marriage. And a father tries to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for his son with a grand gesture--a gesture that will be remembered by his family and many others for years to come. Filled with magic, wonder and deep meaning, it's impossible for these stories not to touch your heart—and fill you with The Spirit of Christmas.
BookNotes "TM" are a distinctive gift product -- a combination of a gift book and a high quality music CD, clearly visible through the diecut in the front cover. Listen to melodious carols on the enclosed CD as you sing along to the complete lyrics (provided). Gorgeous Renaissance art throughout.
Over 100 illustrations. It is hard to imagine that before the Victorian revival of Christmas there were no Christmas trees, no card-giving, few presents, no cakes, no sumptuous meals - in fact the occasion was hardly celebrated at all. This beautifully illustrated book takes a look at Christmas and how it has evolved. The ancient origins of the festival are explored as are the many customs and traditions. The part of the Victorians in shaping our Christmas is described in detail, including holiday decorations, food, drink, and games.
Every year we resolve to get into the "real" Christmas spirit. Yet Christmas seasons come and go, leaving us with vague pangs of regret. Why does it seem so hard? What are we missing? Familiarity can blind us to the unique power and glory of Christmas. Dan Schaeffer takes us beyond traditional trappings and into the wonder of the best gift of the season - the essence of Christmas. He offers a new lens of insightful observations about the first Christmas, adressess burnout in contemporary Christmas preparations, and gets beyond the story of Christmas to help us experience the spirit of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, Keti Whitechapel finds a dog. Prophetically, perhaps, she names the dog Marley. That night, the ghosts of her past appear in a dream--or is it a dream? Inexplicable things have been happening since she came home to Bounty, Nevada, as a successful businesswoman. She has only one regret: Martin Collins, her cherished childhood friend and first love. Strange apparitions are abroad this astonishing, magical night. Soon Keti finds herself reliving the joy of first love with Martin...and the anguish of a secret heartache. And suddenly her future becomes clear--if Keti can find the courage to give Martin the truest gift of all: the gift of her heart.