Posts Categorized: Holidays

New Children’s Books for Advent and Christmas

Books should be part of every child’s Advent and Christmas, whether you give them as gifts, stuff them in stockings, or pile them under the tree to enjoy throughout the season. Here’s a look at some of this year’s new Advent and Christmas books for the kids on your list. Snuggle Time Christmas Stories, by…

A Thanksgiving Time Line and Cast of Characters

Brush up on your understanding of the roots of Thanksgiving Day. Does anything here surprise you? The Cast of Characters, Major and Minor Roles King James I … he’d been persecuting the Separatists because they wanted to leave the Church of England. Separatists … not to be confused with the staid and drab Puritans, who…

Thinking About the Real Thanksgiving

In two weeks, America celebrates Thanksgiving Day, rooted in early events in national history, events in which real people lived and died. These events and these people are worth knowing about and remembering. (More about that next week!) The first Thanksgiving meals also thanked God for His provision for our country as a nation—as a…

Easing the Pain of Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day both grandmas will watch as our newest grandson is dedicated to the Lord. I’ll be happy, of course! But I’ll also be aware of all the women in the congregation who find Mother’s Day to be as much about sorrow and pain as joy and happiness. Some of them won’t even make…

Fun Facts and Books about the Presidents

Did you know that • Thomas Jefferson invented the first chair that could spin around? • John Quincy Adams kept his pet alligator in a bathtub in the White House? • Theodore Roosevelt’s children once gave a pony a ride in the White House elevator? • William Howard Taft was the first president to throw…

5 Children’s Books to Brighten Winter

When Punxsutawney Phil looks around tomorrow morning, will we know how much longer winter plans to stick around? Well, probably not. But whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, a few good books can warm up winter days and help children learn more about our good God. Here are five to consider. The Wonderful…

15 Children’s Books for Valentine’s Day

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Why not include a children’s book in your Valentine’s Day plans and purchases this year? The right book can help your child or grandchild understand more about God’s love! Here’s a list of 15 new and classic books for kids for Valentine’s Day for you…

From My Family to You and Yours, Merry Christmas!

It’s been quiet here, I know. And I miss connecting with you all. Today I’m thinking of the encouraging comments you have sent my way this year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to write encouragement and book news for you in 2017. Our daughter from Savannah surprised us this week with a short but…

An Advent Idea for Long-Distance Grandparents

Like all children do, our grandboys are growing fast. This year we won’t be seeing the Berg boys (ages 9, 4, and nearly 2) during the holidays, but I came up with a fun way to stay connected anyway! Tomorrow I’ll mail off the first of 25 envelopes for them to open each day. Inside…

Thanksgiving: A Day for Counting NATIONAL Blessings

Scroll through social media in November and you’ll find an abundance of thankfulness posts. So appropriate, you might think, since we’re gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in America. But I wonder. Most of these posts express gratitude for personal blessings. Mine have too. Here’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving photos. Since 2007, I’ve…