Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Book Advent

Being a former teacher and a confessed bibliophile, I have collected many Christmas books through the years.  I found this idea somewhere on the 'net a few years back and knew it would be a perfect holiday tradition in our home.

Each year, I choose 24 holiday books, and wrap them individually and place them under the tree.  Each night, we take turns unwrapping one book and reading it for our bedtime story to get us in the holiday mood.  For Christmas Eve, we always unwrap 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  (I wrap it in different paper from the rest so we know to save it for that night.)  We have a good mix of books, religious ones about the birth of the Savior, stories about love and sharing, funny Santa books, gingerbread men, simple board books for the younger ones, and longer story books for the older ones.  I hope to incorporate a few preschool activities into our day after reading a few of the favorites.

Here are just a few of my favorites for the season:



Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!


  1. This is a beautiful tradition. I was considering wrapping 24 books this year too, but we simply don't have so many Christmas books yet. I love your books selection, by the way, and look forward to reading some of them this Christmas season.

  2. LOVE THIS IDEA! We are headed to the library right now

  3. This is a great tradition! I wonder if I can find some christmas paper in my house somewhere....

  4. Every year I plan to do this but never get around to wrapping them all up! I'll enjoy it vicariously through you:) We do however get all the books out in a big basket and go through them over and over. ER likes to have five or so books read at a time to her.