This year we are counting down to Christmas with Christmas children’s books! The idea is that every day leading up to Christmas we unwrap one book and read it together.
We have a basket in our living room with the countdown-to-Christmas books. I wrapped the books simply. This year I wrapped them mostly in packing paper from Amazon boxes. Last time I used newspaper.
We started the countdown from December 1 so each book has the date of the day it is to be opened and the name of the child whose turn it is to open the book (so as to reduce the number of arguments about whose turn it is.) But you could start the countdown anytime. You could make it for advent or just for the week before Christmas. You could do this any time of year, really: counting down to a special vacation (a Disney book a day before seeing Mickey, a beach book a day before a trip to the shore, etc), during Lent, leading up to a birthday or a graduation.
This year I happened to score big at the Whitehall Township Public Library‘s used book sale. Someone had donated an entire box of children’s Christmas books! There were about 20 of them in great shape so I bought them all (5 for $1!). Then I rounded out our countdown with some books we already had at home and also a Christmas puzzle that was at the book sale as well.
My husband will open the book for Christmas Day. Each year he reads us the Christmas story from the Bible before we open our gifts. At the book sale was a beautifully illustrated book that was the Christmas story straight from Scripture!
We are all enjoying the books so far. Not all of them are keepers, but we will enjoy them for the season and pass them along when we are finished.
What children’s Christmas books are your favorites? Do you have a fun way that your family counts down to Christmas?