My boys will be 11 and 5 this Christmas, and every year I revel in watching their awe and wonder at the holiday season. I know these “magical” years are numbered, so I’m trying my best to slow down and take it all in. I’m excited to share a new Christmas tradition with you that I think will do just that: A Book-a-Day Advent Calendar.
I can’t take credit for this amazing idea – I remember seeing it on Pinterest when Rush, my oldest son, was a baby and then was reminded of it’s brilliance again when my friend, Melissa, did it with her children last year.
The idea is to open one wrapped book every night from December 1st through Christmas Eve and read it together in front of the tree as a meaningful way to count down the days until Christmas.
Twenty-four Christmas books seemed like a lot, but I searched my house for every Christmas/Holiday/Winter-y book I could find; and it turns out, we already had a fairly good collection! I think I ended up buying about seven new ones. My youngest son is learning to read right now so I chose a few that he will be able to read to us.
I wrapped each book individually and then gave it a number to represent the day it will be opened. On December 1st all of the books will appear under our tree so the magic can begin. I’ll let the boys take turns opening the book each night. We’ll start with The Christmas Wish and end with The Night Before Christmas.
To make your own book-a-day advent calendar, you’ll need 24 Christmas, holiday, or winter-y books. If you are building your book collection you could even start by doing the 12 days leading up to Christmas. There is no need to buy all new books. You can find great books at thrift stores or borrow them from your local library. Once you have collected your books, you will need to wrap them up and number them 1-24.
Here are the books included in our Book-a-Day Advent Calendar:
Am I missing any must-read Christmas stories? Please share your favorites as I hope to mix in a few new ones each year.
Here’s to a slow and magical Christmas season ❤️.