Along with boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations, Celeste also placed a stack of Christmas books out to read. Most of them are short and fun. One, I found especially good.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson is only 80 pages, but it tells the story of Christ's birth with humor I've not seen before. It is about six children in a family who live without supervision (father gone and mother working two jobs) and the rest of the children are afraid of them.
Due to a series of incidents, the six unruly children get all the major parts in the church's Christmas pageant. It is funny, but it is also sad, because these children had not heard the story of Jesus' birth.
The book was published in 1988, so before writing this, I checked Amazon.com to see if it was still available. Not only is it available, there is a 60-minute DVD starring Loretta Swit (of MASH fame) and study guides, too. I guess a few other people found the story of value.
If you haven't read it, please do.