I thought I’d take a moment to share my most favorite Advent reader before the season begins. This lovely book has 28 readings for the month of Advent, all tied to Handel’s Messiah. If anyone read my post about ‘spaghetti education,’ this book is a perfect example!
We read about Handel’s Messiah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, “The Gift of the Magi,” Christmas during WWII, frankincense trees, goldsmiths, artwork of Mary and baby Jesus, the Puritans, the study of light, swaddling clothes, the dating of Christmas, the history of carols, Anna and Simeon, Charles Dickens, shepherds, the Saami (“the reindeer people” in Lapland), Moravians, the story of “Silent Night,” "the Christmas tree” in western Colorado, the significance of a lamb, and more—accompanied by selections of fine art by Rembrandt and others.
The book includes a “Read More About It” section with details, definitions, related Bible passages, and activity suggestions. It also includes a CD of scheduled selections from Handel’s Messiah.