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You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Most of us remember from childhood singing a song about the gifts "My True Love Gave to Me" for the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS... including a partridge in a pear tree

turtle doves
french hens
calling birds
...but have you ever wondered WHAT the 12 Days of Christmas are?

Advent (or the "Nativity Fast"), ended Christmas Day and is followed traditionally in both the East and West by twelve days leading up to January 6th.   Epiphany, or Theophany as it is referred to in the East, falls on this day and is the climax of the Christmas season and the Twelve Days of Christmas.  Following the traditional custom of counting the days beginning at sundown, this liturgical service is typically celebrated on the night of January 5th - the "Twelfth Night".

The term Epiphany means "to show" or "to make known" or even "to reveal." In Western Catholic and Protestant churches, it remembers the coming of the Wisemen bringing gifts and visiting the Christ child, who by so doing "reveal" Jesus to the world as Lord and King.

In Eastern Orthodox churches (where the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child is commemorated on Christmas Day) Theophany, which means "appearance of God", commemorates Jesus’ baptism.  The feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ the Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for the first time -- the Father's voice is heard from Heaven, the Son of God is incarnate and standing physically in the Jordan, and the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove.

Here are some beautifully illustrated offerings of the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SONG that I am sure you and your child will enjoy (click on the image of the book cover for information) :

Jan Brett
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Gennady Spirin
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Robert Sabuda
The 12 Days of Christmas Anniversary Edition: A Pop-up Celebration
Don Daily
The Twelve Days of Christmas

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