I have a really important, dead serious question to ask you, dear reader…
How soon is too soon to start blogging about Christmas?? 🙂
For some of you, this post is too soon and I’m offending your holiday-timeline sensibilities. Totally get that. But, for the rest of you- read on.
Today I’m giving a quick review of The Legend of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Christmas. Last year I gave you my thoughts on The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving as well as The Legend of the Candy Cane: A Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy. I’ve been feeling like my blog has been a bit incomplete without including the other Christmas legend books for kids, so here you go!
The story opens by introducing us to Jack, a young boy whose dad has taken a train out West to find work. His dad has been gone for awhile, and he isn’t sure when his dad will return. It’s Christmas Even, and Jack comes into the house to find his mom baking cookies. Jack is surprised because money has been very tight all year– too tight for a single cookie to be baked in their oven.
The mom explains that she’s baking cookies for the “needy” at church [this was my only cringe moment in the whole book]. Jack joins in to help, and she goes on to explain the legend of the cookie cutters they are using- it was used by a woodcutter’s family long ago to tell the story of the true meaning of Christmas to their neighbors. The next morning, Christmas Day, Jack and his mom heard a knock on the door. Could it be his dad?
They swung the door open to see a strange man on their doorstep, asking for a warm meal. Jack’s mom invited him in, served him some breakfast, and then he’s on his way. As Jack watches the stranger leave, he remembers the story of the Christmas Cookie and runs out to give the man the cookie his mom had surprised him with that morning. He shares the good news of the true meaning of Christmas, and hopes that somewhere someone is showing such love and kindness to his dad.
I think this book is a pretty sweet book about the meaning of Christmas, and encourages kids to be thinking about others during a season where the default is to think mostly of themselves. Jack responds to an inner prompting of love by being generous with a stranger, which is a story that I think we all need more of in our lives :).
When we’re surrounded by good stories, it helps us to live into our best selves.This story is one of those what will encourage your kids to reach out in love and generosity to those around them.