Twas the Evening of Christmas | Review and Giveaway

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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Christmas is coming!

With Christmas comes all the feels and wants of making this the most wonderful time of the year, and in our home, there are three ways we make that happen: books, traditions, and beauty.

Christmas Is a Great Time for Books

When you think of Christmas books, what comes to mind? Go ahead… I’ll give you a second.

I have a list of books, which I will share with you next month, that come to mind for me. But now on that list are two books by author Glenys Nellist.

Last year, Mrs. Nellist wrote a beautiful book, Christmas Love Letters from God, which filled every one of my personal requirements of a good, solid Christmas book. It now has permanent residence in our Christmas book basket. This year, Glenys has outdone herself… again. She has taken a well- loved classic Christmas poem, and created a beautiful version of her own, charmingly retelling the biblical account of the Christmas story.

Twas the Evening of Christmas demonstrates Glenys’s ability for taking a story, setting it to rhythmic poetry, and letting the words paint a picture on their own. As I read the story to my children, the words flowed so easily, and I couldn’t wait to read the next page to see how she would retell each part of the story in the way only she could.


Christmas Is a Great Time for Traditions

As each Christmas rolls around, I want my children to expect specific recurrences. I want there to be expectations in their hearts that I can fulfill. Reading certain books under the tree during the evenings in December is something I want my children look forward to. Twas the Evening of Christmas is one of those books that will continue to be read year after year, and one day will be read to the next generation as well.

Christmas is a visual treasure

When I think of Christmas, the first thing that comes to mind is what Christmas looks like. Twinkling lights, beautifully decorated trees, full evergreen garlands, large green wreathes, and wrapping paper in every color and print imaginable. The images of Christmas leave as much of an impression as the smells and sounds do.

One of my favorite aspects of Glenys’s books, outside of her skillful authorship, is the illustrators she chooses to tell the visual story. Whether you are looking at her books for toddlers and preschoolers, her Love Letters books, or her newest book, Twas the Evening of Christmas, her illustrators tell the story with artistic beauty.

Elena Selivanova has done an amazing job of illustrating Twas the Evening of Christmas. There is such a nostalgic look to her art, and it fits this book so perfectly. When I asked my children which illustrations they loved the most, each chose something different. Ian, 6, loved the illustrations of the Baby Jesus. Addie, 9, loved all of the illustrations depicting the animals.


I want to send a huge thank you to Zondervan for sponsoring this giveaway so you can possibly win your very own copy of this visually beautiful, beautifully written book, Twas the Evening of Christmas. I hope you take the time to enter the giveaway below.

Note: This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only, who have a physical street address (no PO boxes).

Next week, Shawn Howell at Prayer Lights will be sharing her review. I look forward to tuning in to hear what she has to say!

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I'm a former teacher turned stay at home homeschooling mom. My husband Brian and I have been married for 12 wonderful years. I enjoy reading, organizing/planning, and creating memorable moments for my family.

30 thoughts on “Twas the Evening of Christmas | Review and Giveaway

  1. Danielle says:

    This book sounds wonderful! On of our favorite traditions is to read part of book each night of Advent. One of our favorites is The Legend of the Christmas Stocking. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

  2. kelly tupick says:

    One of my favorite traditions is driving around Christmas Eve night and looking at all the beautiful houses all lit up and decorated.

  3. Kayla Nelson says:

    We’re still working out our favorite things for Christmas, but the last couple of years I have LOOOOOOVED reading Ann Vosvamp’s “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift” book to my kids.

    • Suzette Ladouceur says:

      I listened to her “One Thousand Gifts.” I didn’t know about “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift.” I’ll have to look into that one! Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

  4. Martha J Orlando says:

    I hope I’ve entered the giveaway by leaving a comment here? Wasn’t sure how else to do so. Yes, Glenys is so talented! I’ve already given one of her books to my oldest granddaughter.

  5. Melissa Wilson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite traditions are reading our Christmas books from our Christmas basket throughout the month of December, and just all the things that make Christmas so special. Baking, spending time with family and friends, drinking hot cocoa while looking at Christmas lights, and just enjoying the true meaning of Christmas.

  6. Dema Kohen says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition is building a life-size manger and placing it in front of the Christmas tree as a reminder of God’s extravagant gift. After Christmas, the manger gets filled with all things babies – lotions, wipes, diapers and gets dropped off at the entrance of a local crisis pregnancy center. Next year we do it again. I blogged about this here, if someone is interested in more details:

  7. amy guillaume linderman says:

    love celebrating my mom’s christmas eve birthday, and then we watch the polar express with the kids

  8. Linda Derfiny says:

    For the last 10 years or so, I have collected various children’s book versions of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” There are many of them out there, some with beautiful illustrations, and one which I read aloud into and recorded the poem for my grandson, right in the book. I think adding Glenys’ new book to my collection will be a must.

  9. Lauralee Hensley says:

    Favorite Christmas tradition is the whole family baking a birthday cake for Jesus together. We usually only put one candle on it . We sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and then say this before blowing out the candle together as a family “We are not blowing out the light of this world, we are taking him into our hearts.” Then we enjoy a slice of Jesus birthday cake, but we always cut his slice first. It is placed on the table and left there for the day. So the cake is usually made on the 23rd or 24th, and our little birthday ceremony for him is done on Christmas. This is a tradition my Dad started and then continued on.

  10. Deborah Bonacki says:

    Our favorite Christmas tradition usually happens in November. We spend Thanksgiving day as a family (just us) and play Christmas tunes all day as we bake. Then the following day, first thing in the morning, we go pick out our Christmas tree and pend the entire day turning the house into a winter wonderland. I’m excited just thinking about it!

  11. Amanda Prestigiacomo says:

    As our family starts to grow this book would make a great addition to our books. Thank you for sharing and blessing others.

  12. Samantha M says:

    We have Christmas with my brother the weekend before. Then Christmas eve with my moms family. Christmas morning (after Santa 😉 ) And then to my dads family for lunch/dinner. It has happened that way every year since I was a kid.
    When I was married we fit in Christmas eve breakfast at his grandparents and after Santa came Christmas morning we would drive back and Christmas day breakfast with them as well and still make it to my dads family for lunch/dinner. 🙂

  13. Michelle Catallo says:

    Our favorite tradition is to just create happy memories actually; we are far from materialistic and just enjoy simple things like new pajamas, a ride to go see lights with some hot cocoa then a good movie.

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