Twelve Books for the Twelve Days of Christmas

“What shall we offer You, O Christ,

Who for our sake has appeared on earth as a man?

Every creature which You have made offers You thanks.

The angels offer you a song.

The heavens, their star.

The wise men, their gifts.

The shepherds, their wonder.

The earth, it’s cave.

The wilderness, the manger.

And we offer You a Virgin Mother.

O pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!

The Nativity of Our Lord, December 25, Vespers.


Christ is Born! Glorify Him! During the 12 days of Christmas, listen to any of the following Orthodox and classic Christian stories with your children  on Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Just click on the link to take you straight to the reading.  I hope you enjoy listening!

Prepare O Bethlehem: The Feast of the Nativity by Niko Chocheli

Niko’s beautiful illustrations grace the pages of all his books by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press. This one celebrates the hymns of the prefeast and feast of the Nativity of our Lord.

The Nativity of Our Lord, from the Twelve Great Feasts for Children by Mother Melania

Mother Melania’s lyrical style of writing is sure to captivate children of all ages. This is one of twelve little books in the series about the Twelve great feasts in the Orthodox Church.

 A Perfect Christmas  by Dennis Eugene Engleman illustrated by Niko Chocheli

This recording is in two parts as the book is lengthy. This book restores Saint Nicholas in children’s imaginations in the style of an Orthodox Russian folk tale. Listen to part two.

The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan illustrated by Judith Brown

A beautifully story about a Russian village – a boy, a babushkda and St. Nciholas.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, with Jenna, Andrea and Sara Lucado, illustrated by Liz Bonham

Max Lucado wrote this delightful book with the help of his three daughters to remind us that God has a special place for those who are different.

The Story of Mary the Mother of God by Dorrie Papademetriou

Dorrie’s book is lovingly written and illustrated, inspired by her travels through Greece and Turkey and helps us understand who she was and why God chose her to be “the bridge between heaven and earth.”

St. Nicholas the Wondeworker by Lily Parascheva Rowe illustrated by Roland J Ford

This book tells the story of St. Nicholas’ life for young children.

Saint Nicholas and the three girls by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis

This little book is part of the Paterikon for Kids series and tells the story about St. Nicholas’ generosity for which he is most known.

The Nativity of Christ by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis

This book tells the story of Christ’s birth.

The Gifts of the Magi by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis

This little book tells us about the precious gifts of the three Magi and how they are preserved at a Monastery on the Holy Mount Athos in Greece.

The Story of the Vasilopita by Egle-Ekaterine Potamitis.

Learn about the origin of Saint Basil’s cake, a New year celebration by Orthodox Christians.

The Theophany of Our Lord by Sister Elayne (Mother Melania), illustrated by Bonnie Gillis. Available from 1/4/13.

This book is part of the Twelve Great Feasts for Children and celebrates Theophany, the appearance of God, also known as Epiphany.


“When Thou, O Lord wast baptized in the Jordan,

The worship of the Trinity was made manifest !

For the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee,

And called Thee His beloved Son!

And the spirit, in the form of a dove,

Confirmed the truthfulness of His word.

O Christ our God, who hast revealed Thyself

And hast enlightened the world, Glory to Thee!

Troparian of the Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord.


First published on The Sounding Orthodox Blog of The Orthodox Christian Network on 12/28/2012, without links to Readings from Under the Grapevine.

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