The last several years, my family and I have adopted the tradition of reading two books each night during the month of December as a way to countdown to Christmas morning. I have collected many Christmas books over my years of working in Early Childhood Education, so thought, since I have young children this would be a fantastic opportunity to build on their love for books!
Listed below is my list for this year, not much different than last year, and I wrap each book and each night we read two. I have them labelled 1-24 so we know what books we read nightly. I have an almost equal amount of "everyday" Christmas books and stories that build on the birth of Jesus, and a variety of reading levels, since I have a seven and five year old, both who love to read and are just starting to!
Without further delay here is our list for this year!
Dec 1: Usborne The Story of the Nativity
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 2:. Tonight You Are My Baby
Merry Christmas Curious George
Dec 3: If You Take A Mouse To The Movies
God Gave Us Christmas
Dec 4: The Stable Where Jesus Was Born
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree - A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas
Dec 5: Listen Said the Donkey - Tales of the First Christmas
The Little Red Elf
Dec 6: An Angel Came to Nazareth
Merry Christmas from Biscuit
Dec 7: Christmas in the Barn
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Dec 8: Little Star
Dec 9: My Little Christmas Story
A Moose in A Maple Tree - The Original All-Canadian 12 Days of Christmas
Dec 10: The Littlest Christmas Star
I've Seen Santa
Dec 11: Angela and the Baby Jesus
Snowman At Night
Dec 12: Hurry, Hurry Have You Heard?
Dec 13: No Room At The Inn
Dec 14: Santa's Favorite Story
The Christmas Angels
Dec 15: Little Porcupine's Christmas
The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
Dec 16: A Small Christmas
The Christmas Baby
Dec 17: The Crunchy, Munchy Christmas Tree
What Santa Can't Do
Dec 18: The Birthday of a King
Mouse's First Christmas
Dec 19: The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas
Pippin The Christmas Pig
Dec 20: Corduroy's Christmas Surprise
A Child is Born
Dec 21: A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree
Dec 22: Olivia Claus
The Littlest Christmas
Dec 23: Spunky's First Christmas
The Sparkle Box
Dec 24: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell
The Christmas Pups
During this time of Advent, our family will be reading through scripture readings from The Jesus Story Book Bible, and other Children's Bibles. One resource that I found to combine this fantastic children's Bible and Advent is an Advent Reading Schedule here, at Home With The Boys, a new blog I recently discovered!
So, now that I have shared one of our family's Advent traditions, what you and your family during Advent? Please share your ideas and links in the comments below!