I love Christmas traditions; especially when it involves books and snuggling together on the couch with my littles and a wool plaid blanket or two. It may be one of my favorite places in the world.
Photo credit to Grandpa Steffen
It’s all over Pinterest, but I first saw it here.; reading 24 books for advent. You wrap 24 books and read one everyday until Christmas. How fun!
Instead of using wrapping paper, I decided to use Christmas fabric. I have a ton of it collecting dust in my craft room that needed a purpose. By using the fabric, you only have to cut it once and you get to reuse it every Christmas.
I bought some sticky velcro at Joanne Fabrics by the yard and used it like I would tape.
The kids take turns selecting one book and get to unwrap it.
Then we sit together and read on the couch.
After we read the book, we place it in our book basket I always have sitting on our table beside the couch. Then the kids can look at them or reread them during the month.
After Christmas, I wrap them back up in the fabric so they are ready to go for next year. Make sure you write the name of the book on the inside of the fabric so you can easily re-wrap after Christmas.
Pardon the wrinkly fabric. 🙂
Here is a list of 24 of our favorite Christmas books:
1. Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco (gets me choked up and in tears every time I read this. Sophia might cry a little too. I love all of Patricia’s books!)
2. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
3. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt (this one works for Easter as well)
4. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
5 .The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger (A friend told me about this illustrator and I am grateful; thank you, Ayme. Lisbeth’s artwork is breathtaking)
6. A Christmas Dress For Ellen by Thomas S. Monson (another one that had me in tears)
7. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
8. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition by Susan Wojciechowski (I recommend buying this book new as it comes with a CD)
9. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
12. Silent Night written and illustrated by Will Moses (I love the illustrations by Will Moses! So much so that I just bought a puzzle from his artwork for the kids for Christmas for our something we need.)
13. The First Christmas retold by Carol Heyer
14. The Last Straw by Fredrick H. Thury
15. Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
16. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
17. Papa Panov’s Special Day retold by Mig Holder
18. Christmas at Long Pond by William T. George
19. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
20. AN Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
21. The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden and illustrated by another of my favorite illustrators, Barbara Cooney (love her)
22. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffins) by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
23. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long
24. The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke (thank you again, Ayme for this recommendation)
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Some of the books are expensive, I know (even when you buy used). But if you read my last post, you can buy the kids one book each year for Christmas (for “something to read”) and grow your collection slowly over time. Or you could buy a couple of quality Christmas chapter books and read one chapter a day out of it until Christmas; books like A Little House Christmas Treasury: Festive Holiday Stories by Laura Ingalls, Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott, Christmas Stories: Heartwarming Classics of Angels, a Manger, and the Birth of Hope by Max Lucado or Christmas in My Heart: A Timeless Treasury of Heartwarming Stories by Joe Wheeler.
Photo credit to Grandpa Steffen
What are some of your Christmas favorites? I would love to hear…