Merry Christmas everyone!
The Nativity illustrated by Julie Vivas (Omnibus, 1986).
Having a deep and long-lasting love for Julie Vivas' illustrations - it's not hard to understand why this is the book I chose for Christmas Day. The text is taken directly from the King James Bible, and is 'just' the nativity story. It is Vivas' illustrations which lift this book into the realms of award-winning and classic. Her angels are human - Gabriel's wings become more and more tattered at each visit. And baby Jesus' little starfish hands are just a delight. This edition makes the nativity a human story.