Christmas is a treat for the eyes and the ears with its characteristic colors and joyful carols. It is known as a time for generous giving, kind gestures, and peaceful reflection. But in reality, Christmas has become a time that we associate with excessive stress and fatigue. As the shopping lists get longer and the stores become more crowded, it is easy to grow disillusioned and somewhat resentful of Christmas. Where is all the love, joy, and peace that the carols proclaim? COLOR the TRUMPET CAROLS lets you celebrate Christmas any time you want – and it invites you to experience the love, joy, and peace of Christmas in a relaxed, inspiring way that will remind you of what Christmas is really all about.
In this adult-friendly coloring book by the husband-and-wife team, Eddie and Pearl Lewis, the Christmas story is retold through a series of ready-to-color illustrations. You are taken on a journey from the ancient prophecy of the coming of Jesus Christ to the fulfillment of that prophecy in the little town of Bethlehem. Each full-size illustration is accompanied by a scripture, an extract from a carol, and references to one of more carols from the instrumental music album, Unadorned Trumpet Carols by Eddie Lewis.
COLOR the TRUMPET CAROLS is easy to use as a stand-alone, Christmas coloring book, but is designed to serve as a coloring accompaniment to the hauntingly beautiful Unadorned Trumpet Carols album (sold separately and as part of a combo with the coloring book). By coloring while listening to the carols referenced alongside each illustration, the stress-relieving effects of coloring are enhanced by the powerfully relaxing effects of listening to peaceful, instrumental music.
Is this book only for adults?
COLOR the TRUMPET CAROLS was created for adults, but almost anyone can enjoy coloring it. The designs are a mix of the intricately detailed and the not-t00-detailed, so most people 10 years and older would be comfortable coloring this book. Use your discretion if buying the book for children younger than ten. Some very young children may find the intricacy of some of the illustrations frustrating or overwhelming. We mention the minimum age recommendation simply to raise awareness about the complexity of the designs. I know I would have enjoyed this book when I was MUCH younger than ten, and I assume there are many other children out there who are more than up to the challenge of coloring small spaces. Besides, there is nothing wrong with coloring outside the lines – sometimes it can produce a great piece of expressive art.
Is this a Christian coloring book?
Yes, it is. Each full-page illustration in the book is accompanied by a Biblical scripture reference. You will see the Christmas story unfold not only in the music/lyrics of the Christmas carols, and in the hand-drawn illustrations, but also in the text of the Bible. You do not have to be a Christian to fill this coloring book with a rainbow of delightful colors. This book is the Christmas story in the form of illustrations – anyone who loves Christmas and/or coloring can enjoy this book, no matter what their faith is.
Do I have to buy the recommended CD to use this book?
No, you do not need to buy the CD – but we do recommend it for good reason. The music and the coloring activities are designed to work together to produce a powerful sensory effect. To make it easy for you to get both the CD and the coloring book in one shipment, we produced a combo pack that you can order from the Tiger Music Store (this store ships internationally). COLOR the TRUMPET CAROLS will take you on a journey through the Christmas story whether or not you decide to play the recommended carols while coloring each illustration. The Unadorned Trumpet Carols album includes all the carols listed in the recommended listening activities. Coupling the coloring with listening to specific carols will help to saturate your senses with the Christmas story, and lead to a deeper, more meaningful sensory experience. Music of the type included in this CD can be deeply relaxing, and adds to the relaxation effects of coloring. While we would love to have you invest in the CD (which you can continue to listen to for many years after you have filled the book with color), you can certainly enjoy the coloring experience without any accompanying music, if that is your preference.
Where can I buy this book?
The book will be available from your favorite online booksellers e.g. Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, etc. starting in late October. You can also buy the coloring book directly from the book printers. We highly recommend you buy a combo pack that includes Unadorned Trumpet Carols, the CD that is referenced throughout the book. That way, you can derive maximum benefit from the design of the book. Combo packs (book plus CD) are available from Tiger Music Store. This store will also stock upgraded combo packs that include colored pencils and more, so you can start coloring the moment your order arrives in your mailbox. No need to go shopping for all the extras. The CD is available as a digital download album from CD Baby, and can be streamed through most popular streaming services.
What’s with all the RED and GREEN?
What can I say? I am a bit old-fashioned. I like a little tradition. Red and green are traditional Christmas colors. What would Christmas be without a little tradition, right? Besides, you will only find red and green on the book’s front and back covers unless you decide to put it inside the book. That’s right – the rest of the book (36 pages) is filled with line art that YOU can populate with ANY colors you want. Go on – break from tradition. Fill your copy of COLOR the TRUMPET CAROLS with your interpretation of the Christmas rainbow.