Every year I try to find one book and one CD of music to add to our Christmas collection. I try to find something we will want to read over and over again, or listen to every year. Unlike "The Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote (bleah!), which I found recommended in a children's catalog (see my review http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/76302017 ), this book is actually worth reading and getting. I recommend it very highly.This book is a LOVELY collection of Christmas stories, poems, carols, and legends. It even includes Tasha Tudor's family Christmas traditions including the Christmas traditions they have for their birds, their animals, and their dolls! At about 160 pages, there are many warm and rich stories all accompanied by beautiful illustrations painted as only Tasha Tudor can paint them. Adults as well as children can linger long over the illustrations. There are birds and corgis and squirrels all busy doing things yet adorning the borders of pages. Stop, spend time looking at all the things going on in the illustrations.The title of the book comes from Father Giovanni, 1513AD, who wrote,"I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that, while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace.The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take Joy.And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away."What a beautiful book, what lovely thoughts at this time of year, and at this time in our world. Take Joy!