This year I tried the 25 Days of Christmas Books with my two small children. I opted out of wrapping 25 books and leaving them under the tree, because they would have all been unwrapped on the first day. Instead, every morning in December, I set out a stocking under our tree with a new Christmas book tucked inside.
Here are the books my littles ones found, read, and reread this month:
December 14 (I bought this interactive book at a yard sale a few years ago and saved it till my little ones were old enough to decorate the trees with the tiny pieces.)
December 25 will include books too, but they’re all wrapped up and ready to go under the tree!
Here’s what I learned from my first year of trying the 25 Days of Christmas Books. Some of the books I bought new this year, one I bought last year after Christmas specifically to give as a gift this year, and some I bought used at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Around December 20 I realized I was going to be two books short. I jumped online and ordered two that looked fun. They didn’t arrive on time, so I ended up using a book we already had one morning. Lightbulb moment! I already own a lot of Christmas books. I don’t need to buy 25 new books every year. So next year, instead of pulling out all my holiday books the day after Thanksgiving when my family and I put up our Christmas tree, I’ll put out a few books a day, like the little gifts that they are.
Many parents present their books at night for bedtime stories. I set mine under the tree to be discovered every morning, after finding our elf. This worked for my family, because we tend to read a lot in the morning. (It also took some attention away from the elf, which is OK with me.)
Did you and your family do the 25 Days of Christmas Books?
What’s your favorite holiday book?
Thanks for reading.