Plus, I liked that the books would give us a countdown to Christmas (like an Advent calendar), without my kids receiving candy or small trinkets. So, we decided to start the 25 Days of Christmas Books.
Starting this tradition is really easy to do: just find 25 Christmas/holiday books, wrap them up and open/read one each day from December 1st to December 25th. Easy right? 🙂
Finding 25 books might require a little bit of work, assuming you don’t just want to buy 25 brand new books at your local bookstore or on Amazon. I picked ours up over the past four years at garage sales, local thrift shops, and from various retail stores. I try to pick up at least one new one each year. Several of them were given to our kiddos as Christmas presents as well. You could also ask your friends and and family if they have some gently-loved books that their children have outgrown.
Some of our favorites include:
(so fun to read one of my old books to my kiddos!)
(and another of my childhood favorites)
If you have more than 25 books, as we do, you could begin on Thanksgiving evening and read a book every night until Christmas.
So just wrap up the books and throw them in a cute basket underneath the tree.
And hope to see you over at Late Night Crafts & Creations sometime – I’d love to have you! 🙂 Stop in and check out how I will display my Christmas cards this holiday season…
or my DIY Rag Quilt tutorial in case you need a great gift idea this Christmas!
What a wonderful idea.
Haley Grossman says
Love this tradition! I did something similar with my kids last year, and they loved it! Once your kids are school age, if they get Scholastic book orders, that it a great place to find inexpensive holiday books! Each one that comes out usually has a $1 book. The other good thing is that for each book you buy, the teacher gets credit for the classroom to buy books. Win win! Great guest post!