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Fall. I used to love fall. Cooler weather. Beautiful leaves. Harvest time. School activities. It was THE season I used to look forward to the most.
However, in recent days, it has become more of a dread than a joy. Scary Halloween decor now invades store fronts as early as August. Two weeks ago my girls and I went into a hardware store to pick up paint samples only to be greeted by a scary witch with red eyes, a goblin, and a skeleton. My girls were scared stiff and dreaded to go to sleep that night for fear of the nightmares that would surely come after seeing such a sight.
Even Christmas has its ow challenges with the overtake of Santa Claus and secular decor that graces the stores as early as July. Sometimes it is very hard for little ones to distinguish the truth from the social standard in all the commercialism that seems to accompany the holidays. This is why I was very thankful to learn about The Love Letters Book Series.
About The Love Letters Book Series
Soraya Diase Coffett, the author of this series has chosen to face these social challenges head on in her writing. While some individuals choose a more extreme abandon to the holidays, she instead uses the holidays as opportunity to tell the history and true meaning of the holiday via a letter to the character that often gets the limelight in these now commercialized celebrations.
So far there are three books in the series–It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin, It’s Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus, and It’s Not About You, Mr. Turkey.
What to Expect in Each Christian Holiday Book
Each book is written as a letter and includes humor, history, and a way Christians can use the holiday to point to Jesus. For example, for Halloween, instead of carving out a Jack-o-Lantern, you could carve out a cross.3 children's books that help keep Christ the center of the holidaysClick To Tweet
What are Soraya’s beliefs in regards to these holidays, and how are they portrayed in the book?
There are so many beliefs and traditions in regards to the holidays even among Christians that this is probably one of the most important questions to be asked when looking at a series like this. And THIS is why I think Soraya displays wonderful tact in her writing. She points to the true meaning of the holiday while leaving space for the reader to figure out how he/she will celebrate in light of the truth. Here’s an excerpt from the three books we have to give you a taste of the angle she takes on the holiday in each of her books.
- Does not recognize Santa Claus as fake but points out that he should not be the focus of the season.
- Good for both those that still like to use Santa Claus in their celebration with a Christian perspective as well as those who don’t incorporate him at all.
- Tells the Bethlehem story of Jesus as a witness to Santa Claus
- Points out why it is not as innocent of a holiday as some make it out to be.
- Explains the original meanings behind bobbing for apples, bats, witches, jack-o-lanterns and the like.
- Tells the story of the pilgrims that came to Plymouth in their quest for religious freedom
- Points out that while the food is great at Thanksgiving, the MAIN reason should be to tell God thank you for all He has done in our lives
About the Stars in the Sky Foundation
In 2012, Soraya established a non-profit corporation called As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc. to assist with the physical and spiritual needs of children. It is neat to know that with the purchase of these books you will not only be helping your own kids get a better grasp of the true meaning for the season, but all the profits from your purchase will go directly into this foundation to help other kids as well!
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May the true meaning of the season brighten your fall and winter holidays this year!