This morning, I have just come off a call with one of the members of our Painted Steps Writers’ Group, and I’m energized about the way words and creativity are active in the world. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Combine that with the joy that is reading Anne Lamott’s Small Victories and the fever with which I woke this morning, and the world seems are sparkly – like those old-fashioned Christmas twinkle lights.

I had intended to write up a post or two about my mother’s picture book collection, and perhaps I’ll get there next week.  But for now, I bring you two posts I wrote in years past with my favorite holiday titles.

First, here’s last year’s Top 10 list with titles by Jane Yolen, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Jan Brett.

Then, way back in 2011, I did a Top 5 list, this time with Clement Moore, Madeline L’Engle, and Dylan Thomas.

One thing I notice on both lists – and in the large stack of Christmas books my mom collected – is that The Best Christmas Pageant Ever appears on all of them.

So today,here’s a video clip of that classic. Perhaps you watched it in school, perhaps you read the book, perhaps it’s totally new, but whatever your faith practice, it’s worth a good laugh. 🙂 Happy Holidays, Everyone.

Just a quick reminder that The Slaves Have Names is still on sale at Amazon with all proceeds from sales in December going to Coming to the Table. Many thanks to all of you who have purchased the book.