I do not collect many things, preferring not to add clutter in my home. But I do collect one thing: illustrated Christmas hymn books.
Every night during the Christmas season we gather as a family for worship. One of the highlights of this time is singing worshipful Christmas music together. A different child get to choose the song each night. Along the way they memorize several songs and each child chooses special favorites.
Some of my family’s favorites are:
Silent Night by Susan Jeffers.
Bring A Torch by Jeanette Isabella illustrated by Adams.
The Friendly Beasts by Tomi de Palo.
What Can I Bring Him? illustrated by Debi Gliori.
We Three Kings by Olga Zharkova. Her illustrations are collages, which appear to be made out of watercolors and torn bits of tissue paper. Absolutely beautiful, and one of my favorites, this version has all the verses.
A Treasury of Christmas Songs, illustrated with works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My preschooler needs a jump start on learning some of these songs before the Christmas season begins. He has been listening to one of his favorite tapes, Wee Sing for Christmas.