Kristoph & the First Christmas Tree: A Legend of St. Boniface
Advent & Christmas • 6m 28s
Based on an ancient legend, Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a video production drawn from the family-friendly story written by children's author Claudia Cangilla McAdam and illustrated by Dave Hill.
It's Christmas Eve in the year 722, and the young orphan Kristoph is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage. They are hurrying to reach the next village by nightfall when they come upon a group of men worshiping a sacred oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain.
What happens next recalls the legend of how evergreen trees became part of the celebration of Christmas. This story beautifully retells an incident from the life of St. Boniface, the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany.
Using the associated Discussion and Activities Guide is a fun way to help children explore the theological and cardinal virtues, to build character, and to go deeper in the faith. Additionally, the downloadable "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree" is ideal for a family to use when decorating their own evergreen tree.
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