I like my nativities simple, not too cute and always reverent. I also like them to be so beautiful that the pictures alone speak to hope and joy and love. Here are five of my favourites -
1. THE NATIVITY - classic biblical language and art from Julie Vivas – with maybe the most beautiful painting of the Baby Jesus ever.
2. THE ABC BOOK OF CHRISTMAS - thirteen brilliant Australian illustrators contributed one full page each to make this a nativity story full of vibrancy and varying perspectives – it’s cheerful and full of life.
3. THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS – uses King James Bible language to tell the story - it has a moody, renaissance feel to it and amazing scissor-cut illustrations.
4. THE NATIVITY – although it seems to be out of print, this is a particularly beautiful version that is worth tracking down second hand or at the library.
I hope you find something nice for your own Christmas in those picks.