A Golden Christmas

Memories of a children’s book series evoke the true gift of the season.

Posted in , Dec 15, 2016

Christmas memories of Little Golden Books.

Who doesn’t love the Little Golden Books? Well, those of us who are of a certain age, as they say, certainly do. I grew up on these books and read them to my kids. They learned the alphabet with “Chipmunk’s ABC,” about musical instruments from “Animal Orchestra,” manners in “The Please and Thank You Book,” sounds with “Bow Wow, Meow,” and angels with “Prayers for Children.” 

The books are as lovable for their simple messages as they are for their illustrations. The best of both worlds, in my opinion.

In 2001, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wasn’t a good candidate for chemo. I took tamoxifen instead and gave my trouble to God—just as Dr. Peale suggested in his book, "Thought Conditioners". Since then I’ve remained cancer free. -Guideposts Magazine reader

A few Christmases ago, my friend Celeste, who knows I collect these books (always available at your nearest garage sale!), gave me “Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book.”

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I’ve read and reread it every holiday season since, because Diane Muldrow, who put the book together, covered all the bases and paired every thought with a beloved illustration. For me it’s a trip down memory lane….

And it’s a prayer for the year ahead, when she describes the gift given on that very first Christmas, “the gift of love for all people, and the gift of hope for a peaceable kingdom.” Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year!

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