Giveaway & Review of: “The First Christmas Night” by Keith Christopher 9

I got this book from FlyByPromotions for me to read and blog about my review.  All opinions are my own.

The First Christmas Night book by Keith Christopher

I started reading this book “The First Christmas Night” by Keith Christopher, figuring it would just be another Christmas story or something like that.  It turned out to be so much more.  The poem inside is based on a common Christmas song that does not give God the glory for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  This book helps to change that.  Beautiful artwork and a great use of words, I was very impressed.  I know my son is older, but this will be one that will be part of our Christmas tradition that helps to give praise to the Lord and make the Christmas holiday focus on Him and not the things that the world tries to get the focus on.  I was very happy with this book!!

First Christmas

The First Christmas Night

About The Book

The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town

not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.

The moon shining bright in the heavens so high

gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.

The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places

with looks of contentment on each of their faces.

First Christmas

About the Author

Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

First Christmas

About the Illustrator

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 – The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children’s Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!

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Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith
10 years ago

We leave a little gift for Baby Jesus at the church.

lisa b
lisa b
10 years ago

We read the birth of Jesus in the bible and we pray before we open presents

Heidi Bee
Heidi Bee
10 years ago

We always sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and read the gospels 🙂


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Lisa Lancaster
10 years ago

My husband is a Pastor so much of our time is not on ourselves but others. We as a church make a Float and ride through town at night through the month of December singing Christ Carols and giving out Gospel Tracts and Candy to all ages. We are making gift baskets foe the widows. We focus more all reminding people that this is a time of year for us to totally forget about ourselves and focus on he real reason we celebrate Christmas and that is because of Gods’ only son being born in a manger such a lowly… Read more »

Lisa Lancaster
10 years ago

I love this and helps people remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We always bought for our kids just like all parents do but we never let Christmas go by without reading the Christmas Story from Gods’ Holy Word.

10 years ago

When my children were little we always put the youngins to bed early cuz Santa was coming. I had 2 younger children and 2 older children. The 2 older children would take turns or we would flip a coin who went to midnight mass with me the other stayed home & babysat the little ones. Midnight mass was usually with Gramma, but I must confess sometimes we all went. I love midnight mass always did. It’s so beautiful, and they always do the procession with bringing baby Jesus to the manager, and all the people were live no statutes, and… Read more »