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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Connie Mansfield Carter has created a wonderful Christmas poem based on the old traditional “The Night Before Christmas." In “The Night Before Christmas in Bethlehem,” Ms. Carter starts the story off as this:
Twas the night before Christmas in Bethlehem town.
All of the townsfolk were settling down.
I hung a “No Vacancy” sign on my door.
To tell passersby I had room for no more.
The author continues with a pretty long, beautifully written poem describing in detail what happened the night Jesus was born. As the author takes you from before Joseph and Mary’s arrival at the Inn, until several years after the birth of Jesus when the wise men arrive to pay their love and respect to the new Christ Child, you will feel the awesomeness of that wonderful night when Christ came into the world. Even though this review copy had no illustrations, I could just imagine the beautiful night-time scenes of that night, the manger so nice and clean awaiting the baby’s arrival, of Mary and Joseph with the newborn baby Jesus and the animals surrounding them that night, meeting this new baby born in their stable. And as the rest of the story goes on, I could imagine the illustrations added to this book to make it a wonderful new Christmas story that will be read to children on Christmas Eve for generations to come.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and start a tradition this Christmas of reading it each year on this special night that Jesus was born.