When I started blogged last year I shared a little tradition with y’all that I started with my oldest son, Bryson when we were just a family of 3. I was a new mom looking for fun ways to celebrate the holidays with him. And I am so glad we have continued to do this one. Now all 3 of my boys enjoy this tradition during the month of December. This easy, inexpensive tradition is fun for kids and the entire family! It promotes reading, family time, and togetherness.
- Holiday/Christmas books ( how ever many books/days you plan to read)
- wrapping paper (optional)
- basket/bucket to hold all books
First, you want to decide how many days of reading you want to do. You can do the entire month of Dec., 2 weeks or just one week depending on your schedule and age of kids. Then you will shop for that number of books. Choosing books doesn’t have to be expensive. Discount stores and garage sales are a great way to stock up through out the year, you are searching for used, inexpensive books. You would also be surprised what Amazon has too! I like to also buy a few books from my son’s school during their book fair to support the school and/or his teacher’s scholastic book orders.
I started this tradition by purchasing 24 new/used holiday books for my boys. Then I wrapped each one individually and placed inside the bucket. Starting on Dec. 1st, every night before bed they get to choose one book to open and read. We have this tradition two ways. I have wrapped each book individually for them to unwrap one book each night. Or you can just place them in a bucket for them to choose a book. It has been fun either way!
You also don’t have to start December 1st. Some work schedules are busy or evenings can be busy with sports. You can do every other night or even start 2 weeks before Christmas. Making this tradition work with your family and making sure it is not stressful is key! We are starting this week!
This tradition is a lot of fun and as your kids get older, you can donate the younger books and replace them with more age appropriate books. We love all the traditional Christmas books, but adding new books in like this one can be fun too.
I have gathered some favorites from Amazon that all have PRIME shipping, so they come fast! What is your favorite holiday book? My boys love them all. I added this one to our collection this year. And this one is fun because each page has a little activity that goes with it. These are just a few faves we have and love with some on our list to get this year!
- Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- Turkey Claus
- Christmas Songs
- The Magic of Friendship Snow
- Sneezy the Snowman
- Bear Stays Up For Christmas
- The Christmas Story
- Mickey Saves Santa
- A Birthday Party for Jesus
- Christmas in the Manger
- Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Polar Express
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
- Elfie the Elf
- Construction Site for Christmas Night
- The Jolly Christmas Postman
- Snowmen At Christmas
- Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
- Weird but True Christmas
- The Joy of Giving
- Pete the Cat saves Christmas
- How to Catch an Elf
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- God Gave Us Christmas
- Happy Birthday Jesus
I hope you enjoy this holiday tradition as much as we do! Let me know how it goes if you try it.
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