Make reading “The Blessing Nisser” by Kirstie Marx a holiday tradition in your family.

“Blessing Nisser are little helpers who bring the community together and encourage us to serve and bless others during the Christmas season.”
“Tell me more, Mama! Tell me more!”
We snuggled closer and to Denmark we went, over 4000 miles away many, many years ago…
        It is November 28th, and I awoke with a start. Is today the day the Blessing Nisser will arrive? I lean over and glance at the calendar near my bed. Still two days to go. I eagerly await the arrival of the Blessing Nisser every year. They live out in the rafters of our barn. Every morning I tip-toe out there to give them a bowl of rice pudding with a slather of butter and pinch of cinnamon on top. When I come back the next morning, the bowl is always empty. I wonder what we will do this year and if this is the year that Hans will be able to see them. The Nisser don’t show themselves unless you understand what love means. Even though Hans said he saw them last year, I highly doubt it.  The Blessing Nisser help gather the community together and encourage them to serve one another. However, I haven’t seen Mr. Anderson, the grumpy old man up the street, or Hans serve anyone. Mr. Anderson is all alone; someone said his wife died years ago and his son moved to America. Could this be the year the Blessing Nisser touch their hearts?
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Rasmus and Ingrid creep along the rafters with their noses pointed up high.
“What is that delicious smell?” Rasmus asks.
“I think-oh, how I hope it is rice pudding!” Ingrid laughs out loud.
“It can only mean one thing…” they say in unison, “It is almost Christmas time!”
They traveled all year long and recently moved back under our rafters.

What readers are saying:

“This sweet story weaves together three of my favorite things: Christmas, learning about traditions from other countries, and encouragement to actively love others in gratitude to God, Who loves us!  How I wish I’d had this book when my children were young, but maybe it’s not too late for the “Blessing Nisser” to make an appearance at our house this December!  I encourage you to make this your new Christmas book, learn about the holiday in Denmark, and become the “Blessing Nisser” in the lives of those around you – all December (and all year) long!  ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.’ Hebrews 10:24
Lorie Wylie, Cary, NC

“Kirstie’s children’s book is a reflection of her own experiences and heart.  Written from a deep desire to see Christ proclaimed and others blessed with the unconditional love of the Savior, she introduces us to the Blessing Nisser.  These mythical characters teach children how to love unconditionally and bless others, reminding them that “it’s more blessed to give than receive”, and it’s the best way to the heart.  The Blessing Nisser will be a Christmas tradition of blessing others that your children will want to follow, unlocking the love of Christ to a darkened world.  A wonderful Christmas tradition for a lifetime.”

- Colleen Leonard, Solagratia mom

Here is something new and exciting for your children this Christmas season–the Blessing Nissers.  While they are cute and whimsical, at the same time, they present a powerful message about Jesus and His teaching to love and serve others.  In addition, the story is interwoven with Danish Christmas traditions, Danish history, and geography.  The Nissers and the heroine, Charlotte, engage children on many levels while they read this delightful and unforgettable tale.  The story combines learning and doing by showing children how to serve and love others in tangible, easy, and fun ways–which is, after all, the very heart of Christ and Christmas.  So, if you are looking for something to bring your family closer to the heart of Christmas, this is it.

- Rayann M.