Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior's Birth Kindle Edition
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Huntsman also celebrates Christmas with music (he is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir). I loved the discussions he includes in this book of the various carols -- some familiar and some more obscure -- that he enjoys singing or listening to during the Christmas season. I discovered several Christmas songs and learned the backstory for others while reading this book. My favorite new discovery is Bach's Christmas Oratorio, which I wish I had discovered years ago. It is beautiful.
Huntsman also spends a few minutes each evening in December leading up to Christmas reading a passage of scripture with his family. He provides a great suggested list of scriptures in an appendix to the book, and I've been reading those with my family every night this year. It has been a great way to keep ourselves focused on the Savior amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
Finally, family is obviously a very important part of Huntsman's Christmas celebrations. As he shares the various ways his family prepares for Christmas (reading scriptures, singing songs, and lighting advent candles), I was particularly touched by how they have adapted their traditions to ensure their autistic son not only participates in but actually enjoys their various Christmas activities.
This is the third of Huntsman's books I have read that focus on various aspects of the Savior's life, the other two focusing on Easter week and on His miracles. I hope that more books are in the works. I would love one on the Savior's sermons.
There are ideas and suggestions for your family to enjoy the season focused on the deeper meaning surrounding Christmas. It will surly delight and uplift your holiday experience.