"We are doing a lot of Christmas books for the advent season. I have a question about "Christmas Mosaic" Do you think I would be able to study with other books on the list that aren't highlighted? I am thinking of making up my own questions and activities for some of the books because I am having a hard time finding some of them at the library and I want to get started."
I thought the answer to this reader's question might encourage those of you who are having trouble finding Christmas Mosaic selections and/or needing to move on to newer books:
"Most definitely use other books in the list. The idea for Christmas Mosaic was to help parents get started, get them going, get them selecting great Christmas books, get them revved up and excited about sharing Christmas in a no-stress, no-panic mode with their children. The question/answers/ activities offered in Christmas Mosaic help to guide parents in making their own question/answer/ activities for other books. Enjoy all the books, and thank you for writing."
Looking through this study guide I realize anew how much more this guide offers the parent-reader during this Advent season and why my publisher wrote that it is "A Christmas Literature Treasury!"
To think of it as only a booklist or as limited to only the books it features is committing ourselves to only one meal and not the whole feast that it can be within our homes. It goes beyond a banquet of books. It also includes many recipes, crafts, ideas, and wonderful essays written by other mothers who enjoy this thoughtful season. Like you, all these mother-writers are trying to make their homes and hearths places of memories and celebrations and good cheer. Like you, they are decorating the hearth, warming the oven, placing straw in the manger, and decking the walls.
I want to make sure you see the piece one of those mothers, Karen Edmisten, wrote for Christmas Mosaic. She answers the question "Why do we read Advent books?" as a "no-stress, no-panic mode" towards celebrating Christmas.
Don't miss the rest of Karen's No-Panic Advent Series
It's not too late to join us in getting yourself a cup of Christmas cheer for the Advent season. I happen to have a new copy of Christmas Mosaic my lap. My publisher has recently heralded in a new printing of this "Christmas literature treasury" and it is not only hot off the presses but it offers a new piece by my friend, Mary Ellen Barrett. I'm so glad she shared her "Reflection on St. Nicholas". Thank you, Mary Ellen!
And Thank you! everyone for buying up the first printing within the first year of its publication.
Perhaps there are new things on the horizon. Perhaps...