You will want to find (check with your library first...if they don't have them they can get them for you) the following picture books:
- Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt/ Raul Colon
- Mary, Did You Know? by Mark Lowry
- Uncle Vova's Tree by Patricia Polacco
- The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop/ Bagram Ibatoulline which is a featured in Christmas Mosaic but we will read and reflect upon it through the eyes of a mother versus as a study with our children, so Christmas Mosaic is not necessary
- a cheerfully adorned Christmas basket to hold your books and supplies
- a pretty Christmas journal
- favorite colored gel pen
- a radio with a tape or DVD of soothing Christmas carols playing in the background
- a candle with your favorite scent---peppermint, sugar cookie, evergreen, etc.
- a cup of hot cocoa with a peppermint stick or a cup of holiday-flavored tea
- a nativity set nearby
- here is a lovely idea for an Advent/Christmas Notebook which is sure to give you candy loads of ideas and inspiration.
Again, this Christmas Comfort for Moms is not a study or a curriculum guide. It is a reflective time for you to break away from your other multitude of wonderful, life-giving plans and embrace the holiday season, reclaim the peace and joy that God desires for all wives and mothers this time of year. Hopefully, it will give you the motivation to draw richer meaning out of the other riches you find sprinkled around the Internet. As I have espoused in A Picture Perfect Childhood, sometimes we only need to capture 15-minutes to reclaim our vision of who we are called to serve and what we are called to do.Blessing to you all for a happy and holy and sanctified Advent season!