Holiday Traditions #5 – Christmas Books

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Traditions #5 – Christmas Books

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One of our families favorite Christmas traditions is wrapping up Christmas books to unwrap each day leading up to Christmas. And don't miss the 7 best Christmas Books for Kids you'll want to make sure you read this year!
7 Best Christmas Books for Families

Christmas Tradition of Wrapping Up Books


Here is one of our all-time favorite family Christmas traditions! We started doing this almost a decade ago, long before it spread like wildfire on Pinterest. (you know what I mean!)
Unwrapping Christmas Books Tradition


Our tradition has to do with wrapping up Christmas books. Over the years (and many, many clearance sales) I have amassed quite a selection of quality Christmas books. (You can get books for 75-90% off if you wait long enough!) Each year I use the leftover (scrap) wrapping paper to wrap up the books. Then, when Christmas rolls around we stick them in a basket or under the tree. Each night from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve one of the kids gets to open a book. (We alternate to be fair. Although there are nights that everyone gets to open a book!) We read the Christmas book we opened that night before the kids go to bed. They always enjoy opening presents before Christmas plus the element of surprise – What book are we reading tonight? A little added bonus is that it is good for fine motor skills & great practice for little ones (like Tinkerbell) so she is all practiced up before the big day =-) 

Christmas Eve Book for Kids

Christmas Eve we always read Twas the Night before Christmas. I love the flow, rhyming words, and gorgeous illustrations. Plus, doesn’t it just add to the anticipation of what is going to happen that night (if you do the Christmas thing with your kids).

Christmas Day we have the final book present to open. That book is always the Christmas story. As our children are still young I feel that illustrations make the story of our Saviors birth more real to them. As my kids get older we will read it straight from the word of God. But I divulge, more on Christmas morning in tradition #8.

7 Best Christmas Books for Kids

So… wondering what Christmas books we really look forward too? I thought you’d ask! I know I’m always on the lookout for new favorites! (If you click on the boxes below it will take you to Amazon where you can see the price of the book, other reviews, and purchase it at Amazon’s low prices!)
Mr. Willowby's Christmas TreeThe Christmas Sweater

         Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree          The Christmas Sweater (picture book)

God Gave Us ChristmasLlama Llama Holiday Drama
   God Gave us Christmas                         Llama Llama Holiday Drama

More Favorite Christmas Books

Here are more treasured favorites! I am not including board books, Thomas, Elmo, Clifford, etc. although we have them. These are the really treasured good books! We also really love singing through the 12 Days of Christmas, but it looks like our book is out of print. (If you do decide to buy a book I recommended I’d love it if you bought it through the links on this page. I get a very small, but helpful, advertising fee from them. Thank you!) Of I you are frugal (nothing wrong with that!) go check them out at your local library for free!


Christmas Crafts for Kids

Don't miss Christmas Crafts for Kids by +Beth Gorden with over 100 Christmas Activities, Crafts, and Recipes for families to enjoy together during the month of December.

The book (rated 5 stars on Amazon) is being raved as "impressive"..... "winning combination" .... and "well planned book with lots of great ideas" by readers.  So take the work out of your holiday season so you can focus on creating priceless memories together! 



 Christmas Posts You Don't want to Miss!

What's Your Favorite Christmas Book?

Do you have a favorite Christmas book I need to check out? I’d love for you to leave me a comment! Thoughts on our Christmas Book tradition – I love your comments!



26 comments:

  1. This is indeed a wonderful idea. I can just imagine how your children enjoy this. Thanks for becoming a follower of my Blog. I am now following you via GFC and Twitter and I am also a fan of your Facebook Page. Take care and have a good day.

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  3. I am excited to be wrapping books this year. It will be our first year doing it. I'm still deciding what books to wrap....guess I should figure it out soon cause it's almost time to start!! :)

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  6. This is one of my holiday memories. Actually it is one of my everyday memories growing up. My dad would read to me everynight, then I read to him whne I was older. My mom would read the night before Christmas every year.... I love tradition!

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  7. LOVE this idea... thank you for sharing!

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  8. Great idea Beth! Thanks for visiting me. I'm following you now!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list on Crafty Moms Share. I'm going to check these out at the library this week.

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  10. What a fun tradition! ANything with books is a good idea.:)

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  11. We do this too, but I reuse a decorative box each day.

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  12. We did this last year. My son enjoyed it.

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  13. I love the book "God Gave Us Christmas". My son's favorite is "Humphrey's First Christmas" and now I have a link to share with him to see where Humphrey is and how he's doing - pretty cool!!!

    ~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

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  14. Awesome idea! I'm planning to pull out our Christmas books tomorrow, perhaps I need to do it tonight after kids go to bed, so I can wrap them up.

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  15. How Funny! I do the same thing!! I just pulled out our books last night and posted about it today... It is absolutely one of my favorite traditions- I don't plan on starting until tomorrow, but I like the idea of starting after Thanksgiving (especially now that I finally have enough books.) Thanks for sharing your favorite books. I get a new one for each kid for Christmas so I am on the lookout for 3 good new ones!

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing your idea - it's fab. We're going to do it in our house this year too. Also really enjoyed looking at your recommended Christmas books, we're just starting off our collection. Thanks again.

    Ellie
    createwithyourhands.blogspot.com

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  17. I have a whole page on my blog dedicated to Christmas books:
    http://from-my-life.blogspot.com/p/christmas-book-list.html

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  18. Love this list! ;-) Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

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  19. I just finished wrapping all of ours up yesterday. :) I think that we are officially starting tomorrow so that all three of them get to open at least one each before they have to start taking turns. :)

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  20. Thanks for the recommendations. I love getting new Christmas books every. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday. We hope to see you again soon:)

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  21. We have done the same thing the last few years and the kids really look for award to it. We still gave to borrow a few from the library though as we are still building our own library or Christmas books. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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  22. We have so many Christmas books but none of these! I'll have to fix that! Thanks!

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  23. We don't have any of these! Thanks for posting!

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  24. The way people learn and enjoy and retain knowledge is with a tactile object. So many people are visual that when they remember a favorite story or a favorite moment, they can actually picture that page, that picture, the feel of the paper, the font— it's a piece of art. Books are a piece of art and they're never going away. They're always going to be amazing gifts and amazing friends. They are so great to share and reuse. http://youtu.be/cY3qY3kCwZo

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  25. We do similar every year as part of our advent celebrations. We wrap 25 books in brown paper and tie with a lovely, bright Christmassy material strip and pop them in a basket under the tree, for the children to take it in turns each day to pull one out.
    I enjoyed looking at your book list - we're always looking to change up one or two for variety!

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