‘Twas the Day Before Christmas in Bethlehem Town

‘Twas the Day Before Christmas in Bethlehem Town by Leslie Bond Diggins with illustrations by Erin Nelson is a lovely picture book for young children. It is told from the perspective of a young shepherd boy who doesn’t understand why the streets of his town are so full. His father explains about the census and tells him to welcome the strangers with love because “sharing God’s blessings increases our joy.”

In response, the shepherd boy offers some food to some of the weary travelers. Later that evening, he is among the shepherds who are visited by the angel of God proclaiming the good news that the baby Jesus was born. He then gets to visit the baby Jesus.

This charming book would make a great addition to a Christmas book collection.

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at spiritualwomanthoughts.blogspot.com