Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent Reading Week 1

With so many amazing Advent and Christmas books available, we changed things up a little this year and went with a Christmas Around the World theme.

I based it on Cay Gibson's Christmas Mosaic.

~ Advent reading week 1 - Christmas Around the World:  Europe and Asia ~

Poland:    Marta and the Manger Straw (written by Virginia Kroll)

Absolutely beautiful!    Little Marta learns that by unknowingly giving away all that she has has only brought abundant blessings to her and her family.

We learned about timeless and meaningful Polish customs with straw.  And the illustrations in the book were so delicate and captivating.  The Littles LOVED this book!

Romania:  The Christmas Drum  (written by Maureen Brett Hooper)

The author taught us about the joyous custom of caroling called the colindat.  Some of the villages in Romania refer to this as colindat cu duba, or colindat with drum, because a few of the carolers will play a drum called the duba as well as sing and dance.

In the story, little Peter finds having to prove himself big enough to keep up with the older men in the village with his practice, singing, and playing of the duba.  He is not sure if he is worthy enough to fulfill a promise he made to his father.

Russia:  Baboushka:  A Christmas Folktale from Russia (retold by Arthur Scholley)

Everyone in the village is excited about the big and bright star that has been appearing in the sky.  Each night it appears to come closer and closer to village.  The only person not interested is Baboushka, who seems to be too busy cleaning, creating, making and baking.  She doesn't have time to stop and look at the star.

Unexpected visitors, three wise men, stop in and spend some time with her as they prepare for the next leg of their journey following the star to see the infant King.  They invite Baboushka to travel with them since they feel she has so much to offer the infant King.  She passes on the invitation only to change her mind after her guests have left.

She seems to be too late finding this infant King and they say that every Christmas since,  Baboushka sets out looking for the infant King.


I'm linking up at Shower of Roses with Favorite Advent and Christmas Books.  Be sure to stop over for more amazing collections and treasures!

My Littles are looking forward to Week 2 of Christmas Around the World.  I'll post about them next week.  In the meantime, have a blessed weekend!

~  Patty  ~


  1. I like the sounds of the polish and russian books - I think I'll get a copy for Baby C.

  2. It's always so great to learn about wonderful books! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing your books. It will be fun to beef up my collection for next year. This year we bought some nice books but not enough to get through Advent. I love books from those cultures as they are very close to my own heritage.

  4. Hi Patty,

    What an ingenuis way to keep your children interested in learning about Advent! I'm heading to our local library today and will see what I can find based on Advent Around the World! I found your blog linked at Shower of Roses and came over to say hello... in fact, I've seen it linked many places! Have a Blessed Advent Season!

  5. Noreen, Hi there! The kids have been pretty excited about the theme, especially since most of the books are teaching us a few things about different cultures at Christmas time. I cannot take the credit came from Christmas Mosaic :)


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