Keepsake Christmas Stories

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Book Review of Keepsake Christmas Stories

I love Christmas books! I love them so much! Even though my children are teenagers, I still make them read the Christmas books with me every year. I try to get at least one new Christmas book per year. Additionally, my family has a tradition during the Christmas season of reading a Christmas story and a scripture each night. We then sing (listen to) a Christmas song. It’s a fun tradition that brings us all together each night. I love it! Christmas Keepsake Stories is the perfect addition to our library this year! In the book are many of the beloved stories that my family has read each Christmas. What a fun surprise when I read through this book!

Blurb:

This commemorative collector’s edition celebrates twenty years of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s beloved Christmas show—an annual tradition enjoyed by millions, both live on stage and through its holiday season broadcast on PBS stations, where it has earned Grammy and Emmy® awards and nominations. Each year the show is hosted by a distinguished special guest, including Jane Seymour, Tom Brokaw, Kristen Chenoweth, and Hugh Bonneville. These holiday story adaptions have ranged from The Gift of the Magi to the story behind the writing of the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul” to the inspiring tale of “The Candy Bomber”—an unlikely American WWII hero who dropped candy from his airplane to the children of Germany.

 

This coffee table edition is the perfect holiday keepsake for all ages and features photographs of the stage productions alongside the stories, which also includes a weblink to hear the stories from every performance.

My Book Review:

Each Christmas the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform a Christmas concert. The concert is hosted by a guest narrator, and this person reads/performs a story during the concert. A few of the guests have been Hugh Bonneville, Kristin Chenoweth, Tom Brokaw, Jane Seymour, David McCullough, and Richard Thomas.  

These stories have become quite beloved over the years, and Keepsake Christmas Stories is a compilation of many of the favorite stories. “Silent Night, Holy Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce” is narrated by Walter Cronkite and happens to be one of the stories I read my children each Christmas. It’s an amazing true story of Christmas in No Man’s Land. Enemy soldiers sang and celebrated together, forming a truce that lasted a couple of days.

Pearl S. Buck’s “Christmas Day in the Morning” is another story I read to my children each Christmas. Richard Thomas narrated an adaptation of this story that is loved by many, including me. I love this story of a young boy who wants to give his father a good Christmas gift, so he gets up early on Christmas morning and milks the cows before his father wakes up to do it. It’s so sweet. I read it each year hoping one of my kids will wake up early and do my chores, but it hasn’t happened so far. 🙂

Jane Seymour narrated “Good King Wenceslas: The Hidden Parable in the Familiar Carol.” I hadn’t read this one until I read it in this book, but it has quickly become a favorite. Tom Brokaw narrated the story of the Berlin Candy Bomber “Christmas From Heaven,” which is also one of my favorites.

I love this book! The photographs are beautiful and add the perfect touch to the stories. I’m going to incorporate some of my new favorite stories into my nightly Christmas tradition. This book makes a great addition to any Christmas book library. I love the uplifting stories and the values they teach! Merry Christmas!

Content Rating GContent Rating: G (It’s Clean!)

Recommendation: Everyone

My Rating: 4.5/5

4.5 Star Rating

Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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