Come with me on a journey before there was time, and I’ll tell you the story of the first Christmas in rhyme.

Set to the cadence of the similarly named classic, ‘Twas Christmas Night artfully describes all the key events of the Christmas story—the prophets foretelling the coming of the Messiah; the angel appearing to Mary and Joseph; their treacherous journey to Bethlehem; and, of course, the birth of Jesus. However, it goes much further in relating God’s redemptive plan, encompassing everything from creation and the fall of humankind to Jesus’s life and ministry, death on the cross, and miraculous resurrection. Timeless and touching, ‘Twas Christmas Night not only details the actual events of the Bible but also poignantly describes why they matter, reinforcing the idea that God loves each of His children and wants a relationship with them. Masterfully illustrating why Christmas is still relevant two thousand years later, each beautifully woven couplet presents a promise and a reminder of the endurance of God’s love. With the warmth and familiarity of a Christmas classic that will engage the entire family, along with stunning, hand-painted illustrations, this book tells the most important story ever told. 

About the Author:

Richard Sandberg has been writing poetry and music as an expression of his faith since he was a young teen. As a pastor for fifteen years with a master’s degree in Christian apologetics, he is always looking for ways to share the message of the gospel in a way that engages our current culture. Now, as a father of three, he is committed to passing on his faith to his children.  This project combines Richard’s theological training, artistic talents, and experience as a father into one book designed to engage both children and their parents in a creative and timely way with a timeless message. 

About the Illustrator:

Yvonne Agee was born in the 1950s in Wheeling, West Virginia, but promptly moved with her parents to the Shenandoah Valley where her hometown was only minutes from the mountains. She spent a fair amount of time playing in and exploring this wonderful mountain terrain while growing up. The colors, the smells, and the sounds will always dwell in her heart and influence how she interprets what she sees and how she transfers that to a canvas. After graduating from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from George Mason University with a master’s degree, Yvonne earned a post-graduate endorsement in administration and supervision from UVA. For several decades, she gave her energies to high school students and colleagues, but today, Yvonne is retired from education and finds herself exploring the world around her once again through art with a renewed passion for abstractions and disrupted realism.