Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry is one of my favorite Christmas picture books.
My mom read it to my brothers and me each year at Christmas, and I read it to my students each year at Christmas when I was a classroom teacher. It is a beautiful story of sharing and joy. Mr. Willowby brings a big beautiful Christmas tree into his house, but it is too big so the top is cut off and given to the upstairs maid. But, once again the tree is too big, so the top is cut off and discarded. This process is repeated until Timm the gardener, Barnaby Bear, Frisky Fox, Benjamin Rabbit and MIstletoe Mouse all have a piece of the tree. Each character in the book receives a piece of the tree with great joy and delight.
Each time I read Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree I think about the great gift that God gave to us...
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been
born to you: he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Joy and Peace to you and your families this Christmas.