The First Christmas Night

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Disclosure: I received a copy of The First Christmas Night in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

You’re all probably very familiar with the rhyme “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but have you ever heard a version about the night before the real, first Christmas?

The First Christmas Night
Source: Ideals Children’s Books


Keith Christopher, author of “The First Christmas Night”, has brought us a beautiful poem in the style of this familiar rhyme. A beautiful telling of THE Christmas story (accompanied by illustrations in oil paintings by Christine Kornacki) brought me to tears. I haven’t read this to the kids yet (saving it for Christmas Eve around the tree), but I am sure they are going to love it just as much as I did. Even though we know the conclusion of the story, it’s still a magical, beautiful moment, making me fall deeper in love with all.the.things.

And now, we that know can say with delight, Jesus was born on the first Christmas night!

Suggestions for using this hardback book:

  • Family story time during the holidays
  • Children’s ministers and Sunday school teachers
  • Chirstmas carolers
  • Literacy skills in kids ages 4-8 (rhyming, verbal language, early reading skills)

From the journey through Bethlehem to the visit from the Wise Men, this story is a gorgeous way to celebrate the season. You can get your own copy through Ideals Children’s Books for $16.99.

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