And Then Comes Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the Five and Ten
Glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see
Is the holly that will be
On your own front door

Most of the adults would know this song but us little ones just love that holiday. Once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is the most highly anticipated holiday, one that every child looks forward to.  I just recently went to the mall and I could already see the signs of Christmas. There was a very long line to sit on that fat white guy's lap, the one I take a picture with every year. Today for my Toddler Book Talk Tuesday my book focuses on what happens before Christmas. The signs that us little ones look out for that tells us that Christmas is coming. Today my book is: And Then Comes Christmas written by Tom Brenner and Illustrated by Jana Christy.

And then comes Christmas is a hardcover book that is perfect for families to read together from I would say October when the leaves start falling from the trees, right up until Christmas day. It talks about what to expect from the weather changing, to those packages arriving that mommies and daddies hide so that you won't get to see them. I love how he alternates each page with WHEN... followed on the next page by THEN letting us know that things are about to change. The story shares what families do when getting ready for Christmas and involves the children on each page. I just love how it all builds up to the grand day.

The water color illustrations are beautiful and will appeal to both children and adults. The text vividly describes the sounds, the sights and smell of the season, from the red berries blazing against green shrubs to the icicles clinging to roofs. We just loved all the sensory detailing.

So how do we little one's know that it's almost Christmas? Well here's an excerpt from the book:

WHEN elves and reindeer appear in stores,
and when trains race through toy villages,
and piles of presents nestle in cotton drifts...
THEN hop from foot to foot,
waiting to sit on Santa's Knee. 

I loved that this book focuses more on family and them coming together during the holidays, sharing in the joy of the holiday together and not having the main focus on Santa and gifts.

If you are looking for a book for your family that you can read year after year then this is the book for you. Let And Then Comes Christmas become your new Christmas book that your family reads every holiday. It will inspire you to go out and join in some of the festivities that are going on as well. You won't want to be left out. This is the perfect book for families and I highly recommend it. It definitely gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!

Recommended age: 4-8


  1. I love the illustrations in this book. They are so beautiful really puts you in the Christmas spirit great holiday book!

  2. Well you know I know the song! But seriously adding this book on my list for the girls now to read for this time of the year now ;)

  3. These sounds like such a cute book. Something I think Jaiden would totally love. I love the illustrations. They are nicely done with lots of details to make the story even better. Thank you for sharing with us Madison. =)

  4. The pictures in this book are adorable! Sounds like a nice story too... something that might fit well with my own family's avoidance of Santa and focusing on gifts.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. This looks like a great book! I think my little ones would like it!

  6. My children love books. We really love Christmas books. This looks like a great book that they would enjoy. I love the pictures, they look really nice.

  7. We love reading books in our house! I will definitely have to check this one out for the little guy. The illustrations are great!

  8. I am soooo loving the Book Tuesday's and I've bought 2 of the books you suggested since you started it. I love the Christmas series and might get this one since I can use this for when my niece and nephew comes over to visit.