Oh Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
|December 6, 2009||Posted by Miss Shari under Children's Literature, Christmas, Events & Celebrations|
By now, I am sure that you have your Christmas Trees, up, trimmed and lit. NO? Well then I am sure the kids are nagging and begging to put the tree up. See it is a reminder to them that Christmas is on it’s way. Little kids love Christmas, I think that’s actually a song, but anyway. We should love it too. See the evergreen tree has been an ancient (and yes has pagan roots) symbol of hope and life during the cold and lonely winter season. As the sturdy branches remain steadfast and green so should our hope for new life as the cycle of the seasons continues. In recent centuries, the evergreen tree has become a symbol of Christmas to so many during the holiday season. As your Christmas preparations continue and your Christmas tree lights glow – like a beacon – with hope and anticipation share some of these beloved Christmas Tree tales with your children.
One of the best loved stories has to be The Littlest Christmas Tree by Janie Jasin, about a little tree who hopes that she will become a beautiful Christmas tree some day. Patiently she waits, dreaming big dreams and exploring all the possibilities of what she can become someday. Little Tree, an adaptation of E.E. Cummings’ 1925 poem, by Chris Raschka is cute little story of an evergreen who hopes to be someones’ “special little tree” and jouney far away. For more on these stories visit Examiner.
Colleen Monroe’s heartwarming tale in A Wish to be a Christmas Tree is a story about wishes, friendship and dreams come true. This book is a great testament to hopes and dreams working out in unexpected ways. Coupled with its amazing artwork, this book is a keeper – a story to be shared with all.
If you were wondering about the history and symbolism of the evergreen tree The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs is the perfect story. It is a testament about the mighty evergreen’s meaning to Christmas, true giving and self sacrifice. Remember this Christmas, the true meaning of the season, the importance of the evergreen tree and don’t forget to share it with your little ones.