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It was the day before Christmas in a small Russian village. Alexi's babushka was telling him what Christmas was like when she was a girl--before the soldiers came. "Our church was as crowded as a pod full of peas. Candles made the church as bright as the sunniest day. Watching over us was the blessed icon of St. Nicholas." Alexi had many questions, including, "Why can't we ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Ignatius Press
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Luisa Knight
A story that takes place in Russia about a little boy and an old church building.

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Ekaterina
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very inspiring and beautiful story, even if it is for children. Reading this as an older person, I can read in between the lines, and I appreciate how the subject of communism was handled. I felt like the book showed what communism in Russia did to the peoples' lives, and I love how the story unfolded.

I read this in preparation for a Sunday school lesson, and I think the kids will really enjoy it.
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Tammy
I *love* this book! This one plus The Miraculous Child are my favorite Nativity (Christmas) books to read. I cry when I read this one as well even though I've read it numerous times. I still make my children sit and listen to me read it while we drink cocoa even though they are older now. ...more
Mary
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sixty years ago Russian soldiers came to Alexi's village and closed the church. Alexi's babushka remembers that day and tells him about it. Since the soldiers are now gone, and times have changed, Alexi wonders why the church is not reopened for Christmas. This heartwarming story illuminates Russian Orthodox worship tradition. Readers will also be encouraged to learn more about the oppression which closed the church.
Tie-in with The Real Story of Saint Nicholas by Stiegemeyer.
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Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: Alexi wonders why the Church has been closed for so many years, and what he can do about it.

Why I Read This: RAR

Review: This book is beautiful. It's one of those books that I will read again and again because of it's phenomenal writing, illustrations, and message. A must read for Christmas.
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Davede
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really wonderful book, but written from such an endemic Russian perspective that it is hard to universally understand it. “We love our icon of St Nicholas more than our own lives” doesn’t translate well to non-Russians. But besides that, it is a wonderful tale of pious Russians reclaiming their abandoned church after communism fell in Russia. There is love, devotion, and joy when the people are able to worship again without fear of the socialist gulag. A miracle of providence.
Julia
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!
Greg Bittner
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story of the rebirth of a Russian church in a small town on Christmas.
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What a beautiful story about hope and the importance of preserving tradition.
Shannon
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book. It makes a great St. Nicholas Day gift or Christmas gift. I don't remember when we bought it or for how long we've been reading it, but it's a family favorite. ...more
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
This book brought to our Christmas conversations the question of what would it be like if we did not have the freedom to worship where we want to.
Diane
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
very good picture book set in Russia after the Soviet Union. Lovely pictures, attention to detail, a story that made tears spring to my eyes.
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