'Twas the Season of Advent

Devotions and Stories for the Christmas Season

by Glenys Nellist, Elena Selivanova

On Sale: 2021-11-02

Price: $19.99

Book Summary

From Glenys Nellist, the bestselling author of the Snuggle Time and Love Letters from God series and holiday favorites ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas and ‘Twas the Morning of Easter, comes ‘Twas the Season of Advent: Family Devotional and Stories for the Christmas Season, a heartwarming celebration of advent perfect for the entire family.

About the Book

Celebrate the Advent season with a new family tradition with this beautiful and heartwarming collection of devotions and stories from beloved, bestselling author Glenys Nellist, told in the style of the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  

‘Twas the Season of Advent is a 25-day devotional that will inspire your family as you eagerly await the arrival of Christ’s birth!  

‘Twas the season of Advent, when all through the earth, 
People were pausing to ponder Christ’s birth. 
The bright lights were hung ‘round the doorframes with care 
In hopes that Christmastime soon would be there… 
Prepare the way for the LORD. Isaiah 40:3  

Written in both prose and poetry, ‘Twas the Season of Advent will engage children and adults alike and become a new holiday tradition for families everywhere! 

From the bestselling author of the holiday favorites ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas and ‘Twas the Morning of Easter, ‘Twas the Season of Advent: 

  • Delivers prose and poetry that will appeal to all ages, especially 4-8 year-olds 
  • Brings Advent to life through 25 devotions featuring stories from the Old and New Testaments 
  • Features beautiful artwork by celebrated illustrator Elena Selivanova 
  • Serves as the perfect gift for the family as you prepare for the Christmas season 
  • Presents portions written in the familiar rhyme scheme of Clement C. Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas 
  • Showcases a beautiful cover you’ll want to display on your coffee table all Advent and holiday season   

Join Glenys and families around the world as you and your family wait, prepare for, and look forward to the arrival of God’s son, Jesus. 

Look for additional inspirational children’s picture books from Glenys: 

  • ‘Twas the Morning of Easter 
  • 'Twas the Evening of Christmas 
  • Snuggle Time series 
  • Love Letters from God series 


In this children's Advent devotional, author Glenys Nellist replicates the familiar cadence of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to relate the good news of Jesus Christ.
Each of the 25 devotions begins with a verse from Nellist's poem, setting the stage for the celebration of Advent. For Dec. 1: ''Twas the season of Advent, when all through the earth, / People were pausing to ponder Christ's birth. / The bright lights hung 'round the door frames with care / In hopes that Christmastime soon would be there.' Scripture passages, an imaginative reflection on a participant in the biblical Christmas story, and a prayer round out each devotion. Illustrator Elena Selivanova's artwork masterfully contrasts light and darkness as she portrays the coming of Jesus, the light of the world.

A day-by-day Advent adventure for families to share together. Beginning on Dec. 1 with an introduction to the season of Advent and this book, and ending on Dec. 25 with just a short rhyme, Nellist's text familiarizes children with the Christmas season and events ranging from Genesis' 'Let there be light' and Isaiah's foretelling the birth of a baby to Mary's visit with Elizabeth and the arrival of the Magi after Jesus' birth (on Dec. 21 here). A rhyming verse starts each day's entry...the bulk of each page explains the Bible verse that follows the rhyme and humanizes the main characters: Joseph's indecision about marrying a pregnant Mary, the job of a shepherd, and the treasure box of memories that Mary stored in her heart. The entry ends with a brief prayer: 'Dear God, thank you for Mary who was so brave and trusted you. When I need to be brave, help me remember that you are with me.'...Jewel-toned illustrations in luminous colors and lots of detail fill half of each spread. All the people, save the three Magi, are Middle Eastern in skin color, facial features, and dress. A religious centering amid the run-up to Christmas.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780310734154
  • ISBN 10: 0310734150
  • Imprint: Zonderkidz
  • On Sale: 2021-11-02
  • Pages: 48
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Series: 'Twas Series
  • Publication Date: 2021-11-02
  • Trim Size: 227.000mm x 287.000mm x 10.000mm
  • Weight: 484.000gr
  • Category 1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
  • Category 2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Devotional & Prayer
  • Category 3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Family & Relationships
  • Category 4 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religious / Christian / Holidays & Celebrations