Christmas Night, Fair and Bright
by Julie Stiegemeyer
words and rhyme scheme ideal for children ages 4 to 7, Julie Stiegemeyer
recreates the sights and sounds of the first Christmas.
emphasizes the two natures of Christ -- His abject humility and His
ultimate divinity. With each verse, Jesus' perfect life and death on our
behalf is underscored.
takes place in the humble stall as a paradoxical setting for the birth
of the King of kings and the Lord of lords: "Jesus has no kingly hall.
Jesus has no fortress tall. Home becomes a cattle stall for Jesus, born
for us. So sequined stars become a crown, night, a robe to wrap around,
God's own Son to earth came down, He's Jesus, born for us."
predictably recounts the events of that first Christmas, but it also
includes the flight to Egypt, an event not typically found in children's
Christmas books. This additional information helps children begin to see
Jesus' birth as the beginning of a life story that will culminate in His
ascension into heaven.