Holiday Tradition: Book Advent Calendar

Holiday Tradition: Book Advent Calendar

One of my favorite traditions that I started when our children were young, was the Christmas book advent calendar. You could apply the same tradition to any wintertime holiday. There are different ways to do this, but here's how we do it. 

We have a collection of Christmas books, which has grown to more titles than the required 24! Every November I start saving brown paper bags. After Thanksgiving, I pull out the Christmas books and wrap each one in brown paper. (We generally keep them packed away, or on a high shelf the rest of the year, such that it's exciting when they do come out.) Last year my oldest children helped me decorate the wrapping with colored pencil drawings for the younger ones. 

We place the wrapped books beneath the tree. Sometimes we number them, such that they're opened in a certain order (for example, we read A Christmas Carol each year, so that book is often #1), other times we leave them unnumbered. Each morning the children pick out a book to unwrap. It is amazing how delighted they are to discover a title from their own library! It is as exciting as a brand new book, perhaps even more so as there is magic in recognizing an old friend. We snuggle up by the fire and read a Christmas story, often with a cup of tea. It is one of our favorite holiday traditions. Maybe it will become one of yours too!

Here are a few of our favorite holiday titles:

Peter & Lotta's Christmas

The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits

The Tomte's Christmas Porridge

Santa Claus and the Christmas Surprise

Otto & The Secret Light of Christmas

Olwen Finds Her Wings

Ollie's Ski Trip

Nativity Plays for Children

Little Tomte's Christmas Wish


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