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Legend of the Christmas Tree, The
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2001
Rick Osborne's The Legend Of The Christmas Tree: The Inspirational Story Of A Treasured Tradition is a delightful kids' book, for which every page spread has charming text on the left and a full-color, realistically painted illustration by Bill dodge of a family celebrating the joy of Christmas on the right. The story is about the legend behind the tradition of searching for a Christmas tree, which dates back to the Reformation: when Martin Luther brought a tree into his house, he set candles on it to celebrate Jesus, the Light of the World. The Legend Of The Christmas Tree is in many ways about the need to make Jesus Christ a larger part of Christmas. Since the Biblical foundations of Christmas are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of rampant consumerism that marks the season, The Legend Of The Christmas Tree is a very good introduction for young Christian readers to the holiday's origin. Also very highly recommended are the other fine books in this educational series: The Legend Of The Candy Cane (0310212472, $14.99), The Legend Of The Easter Egg (0310224470, $14.99), and The Legend Of The Valentine (0310700396, $14.99).
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2001
I purchased this book for two reasons. It brings to light the true meaning of Christmas...Jesus and sharing love. This story provides another format to talk about the birth of Christ to your children aside from the traditional manger story. There's a light introduction to the biblical significance of Christmas, in addition to the treasure of family unity. I found that this book helps reinforce the values which I am trying to emphasize in my own family, while also cherrishing old time family traditions. In case you were concerned, I don't think it dilutes the truth of the bible...Also, as a mother of two young elementary school-aged children, I also have the opportunity to be a guest reader in the classroom. It is totally appropriate reading for public schools, even though there is biblical reference. This book offers a refreshing change from the fantasy holiday stories and commercialization of Christmas. It will be a special story to your family and it will set a warm-hearted atmosphere to your tree-decorating festivities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is one of "those" books that everyone should have on their bookshelf. Especially today when people are doing everything from making black Christmas (WHY?) trees to hanging them upside down! Although I didn't particularly think that it was written as well as it should have been (WAY too many adjectives and interruptions in awkward places), it tells the story of how the first Christmas tree was started - by Martin Luther! I found this to be one of the most informative stories of Christmas traditions and even though it's hard to read because of the writing, the information alone makes it worth having on your shelf. Plus, the enchanting way the family in the story is woven into the book is nice as well. Highly recommend, but with the above reservations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2008
We had the board book version of the Legend of the Christmas Tree. I really appreciated how it presented from a Christian perspective why we use Christmas trees. I knew that the large version of the book would have more information than the board book. It did. The plan is to use this with our children each year after we put up our tree to remind us why we have a tree and how it reflects Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
We got this as our annual Christmas book for our family. It's now my toddler's favorite book. He had us read it 6 times Christmas Eve, and he usually hates to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2007
I'll save this one and read it every Christmas, BUT it is extremely heavy on the adjectives, and totally corny. I would skip this one if I were you, for me it's not worth the money to send it back!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2006
Using the format of a family searching for a Christmas tree, the story tells about the legend which began during the Reformation. In Germany in the 1500's, Martin Luther (founder of the Lutheran Church) brought a tree into his house and he set candles on it to celebrate Jesus, the Light of the World. There's a brief mention of the Biblical significance of Christmas. Many people find it appropriate for public school use along with the singing of the song, "Oh, Christmas Tree."

The birthdays of famous people are recognized so in recognizing Jesus' birthday it is historically significant to know why he is famous.
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on March 5, 2014
"The Legend of the Christmas Tree - The Inspirational Story of A Treasured Tradition" is a 9 1/4 inch by 11 1/4 inch, 28 page Children's Christmas picture book. Every other page is a full color full page realistic illustration. The other pages contain text written in a large easy to read font. One is impressed with the very happy expressions on the young handsome family's faces. An older grandfatherly figure also appears in the illustrations. He also possesses that warm happy friendly glow. Children will be hooked on this book by gazing at the full color pictorial cover and dust jacket with the cozy warm and glowing cabin in the background of the family choosing their perfect Christmas tree.

Some devout Christians often ponder whether a decorated Christmas tree conveys the true meaning of Christmas. This book sheds some wonderful light on the subject presented in child's story form.

In seasrch for their "perfect' Christmas tree, the Johnson family discovers the true meaning of Christmas. This Christmas the Johnson family decides to go to a tree farm and cut their own Christmas tree. When they arrive, they are greeted by a friendly happy and smiling grandfatherly individual who proceeds to tell the Johnson family about the three beautiflly decorated Christmas trees on the tree farm.

The farmer tells the story of Boniface, a monk, who used the evergreen tree to tell people about God over a thousand years ago. Boniface explained to the people that just as the evergreen tree has three corners but was still one tree, so God is one God who exists in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Moving to the first tree, the farmer tells the story of the days during the time of knights and castles when the people celebrated a special holiday on December 24th and called it "The Feast of Adam and Eve". The people in thse times decorated evergreen trees with apples and twists of bread to tell the story of the tree in the Garden of Eden. Mr. Johnson, the father, explained that the story of Adam and Eve bringing sin into the world wasn't complete without the story of Jesus. Over the years people added other decorations on the tree to tell the story of Jesus and his life.

Continuing his explanantion of the connection of the Christmas tree to the real meaning of Christmas, the old storyteller procedds to tell about Martin Luther and his connection to the Christmas tree tradition. Martin Luther walked home after a Christmas Eve service one night and saw starlight reflecting off icicles that hung down from the branches of a small evergreeen. Martin Luther cut the little tree down and set it up in his house and put candles on it. He used it on Christmas Day to tell his children about the story of Jesus birth.

Proceeding to the third tree, the grandfatherly farmer told the story about the European Christmas Tree. Many people in Europe began decorating trees for Christmas much like we do today. They decorated with beautiful beautiful glass ornaments, trinkets and treats.

After telling the Johnson family about the history of the Christmas Tree, the farmer picks out the perfect tree for them and presents them with a special suprise gift wrapped in shiny silvery paper and informs them not to open the package until they are finished decorating their Christmas tree. You will want to read the story to find out what was in the box and how it made that Christmas the most meaningful of all for the Johnson family.

This a must-have Christmas book for families and their children. However, if the Gospel is offensive to you, you may not like the book.

The reviews say this book is recommended for ages 4 to 7. My own personal opinion, having been an elementary teacher, is that this book would be quite appropriate for 8 - 10 year olds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
This board book is OK, but the full sized book is a much better choice. This is a great story and I'd recommend it for any Christmas children's book collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
The legend of christmas tree is an amazing book with a lovely story and beautiful images. My children just love it.
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