A Joyful Christmas: A Treasury of New and Classic Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holiday that has been compiled and illustrated by James Ransome is one of the most beautiful compilations I have seen in a long time. I love how Mr Ransome mixes the classic with the new. The new being new stories by such celebrated authors as: I remember when I worked in the stores, eons ago, that I had one customer that constantly came in looking for his books because she loved his artwork. She would love this book. I too have always loved his artwork. This makes a great gift for families as it has something for everyone. I think it is also a great book to get for a baby's first Christmas as it can be cherished throughout their life.