Christmas books children love most throughout the ages are of St. Nicholas. As the stories of the real Nicholas of Myra traveled from continent to continent–from history into fantasy–his name and face molded into each new tale. The Legend of Christmas: An Untold Story of the Real St. Nicholas, introduces a new generation to a brave, rugged man with white hair and beard whose heart was not hardened under persecution.
During the last, and most severe, Christian persecution under a Roman emperor, Nicholas the Bishop of Myra, continued his ministry. The stories of his bravery and generosity spread, deep within the prison cells. Then spread throughout Europe with the expansion of Christianity.
The Real St. Nicholas Story
In this story, we meet a young Nicholas. He begs his mother to tell him the story of the birth of Christ. His constant interruptions reveal his mother is not well. As the story unfolds the reader discovers these are the childhood memories of a prisoner, persecuted for his faith. Tended to by his cellmate, the stories of his life emerge. The light of the gospel of Christ shines bright in the darkness.
Believing in Santa Claus is arguably the first time children are confronted with conflicting cultural values. Those who wish to make Christ the center of Christmas face the decision to bring Santa into their family traditions. The Legend of Christmas: An Untold Story of the Real St. Nicholas gives families a new perspective. Now they can share about a man who followed his faith so completely that he became a legend of Christmas.
Award-winning author, Theresa White gives parents a story for their children to not only believe in but to follow as an example of living the Christian life, throughout the year. The Legend of Christmas, www.thelegendofchristmas.com for a Christmas book most suited for kids 8-12, or as a read-aloud for kids 5-7 with activities for inspiring new traditions.