Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas is a day-by-day family devotional that goes through each day of December leading up until Christmas. If you’re familiar with the concept of the Jesse Tree, Ann Voskamp’s approach will not surprise you. Throughout each day, she traces person-by-person, line by line through the important people in Jesus’ geneology leading up to our celebration of a birth of a savior.
Each day has scripture readings to do with your family, a beautiful story and explanation to go along with that day, thoughts to discuss as family devotional time, activities to do as a family, and as you go you’ll be hanging up ornaments as a reminder on your own Jesse tree. The ornaments themselves are not included, but Voskamp’s book gives you instructions for downloading free paper ornaments off her blog for adding the ornaments to your tree.
As always, Voskamp’s writing is a pleasure to read. The book is an oversized hardcover and is illustrated with beautiful full color scenes from the Bible. This book has the feel of a of an heirloom. It’s a book that children are going to want to touch and feel and listen to the stories, and because of the ornaments and activity suggestions it’s also a book that the children can enter into and find themselves changed by the family celebration of Christmas.
This is the devotional we’ll be using as a family this year, and I can’t wait to get started! I know that we’re going to love it, and enjoy it for many years to come.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.