“It was the Sunday before Christmas and all through the Church…”
Thus begins the charming children’s picture book from author Evett L. Simmons. A devout Christian, Simmons has penned this book specially for Sunday School teachers, pastors, church elders, parents, and anyone interested in finding a home for Santa Claus inside the church. While some people object to the pagan origins of the Santa Claus story, the fact is that this jolly, festive symbol bears many marks of the faith.
In the Sunday Before Christmas, Simmons imagines that one day, as she is praying in church, St. Nicholas comes walking down the aisle with a sack of gifts on his back. Different from the usual materialistic items, these gifts are the kind that give people relief–faith, hope, family, friendships, courage and patience.
If you’re looking for a way to combine the culturally popular myth of Santa Claus with the deeper spiritual message of the birth of Christ, then this might just be the book for you.
Trade paperback, 32 pages, 8″ x 7″ (landscape)