Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas Countdown - Family Reading Time

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go....

It really is, with stores in full decoration mode, Santa at many malls already, and many people already decorating and preparing yummy treats for loved ones and neighbors. The hustle and bustle of the season is upon us, and one of my most favorite things about the season is seeing the joy in my children's eyes as we count down to December 25. 

If you are like me, you will have noticed that the Internet, particularly Pintrest is full of amazing ideas of counting down the days in December. As a family, we have tried several ways to do so, including chocolate calendars, paper chains, and special family oriented activities. But one of our absolutely favorite activity is to do a book countdown. 

First, simply collect your favorite Christmas book, either one or two for each day leading up to Christmas. We do two, as we do the countdown as part of our bedtime routine, so each child gets a book to have read to them. 

Then wrap your books, individually, or as in my case, two at a time. After they are all wrapped, I number them 1-25, and place them either under the tree or in a cute basket close by. Last year, I chose one general Christmas themed book and one book that taught about the birth of Jesus for each day.  Then,  on Christmas morning,  we read one that was specific to the birth of Christ, as well as reading the Christmas Story from the Bible (typically from the book of Luke, either from our Bible or a Children's Bible).

You can choose any books you want, but I thought I would share the list we have used the last three years. We will be changing up a few of the books due to the increase in reading levels of our girls. Which is a great benefit to my home day care program, as I will set the books out that are more suited to preschool children, without having to buy more books. 
This year I will be changing things up a bit, to also set out a few easy-to-read chapter books that follow the Christmas theme for my oldest, who is eight and loves to read. 

These were our books last 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
             Christmas Wishes

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
             Gingerbread Mouse

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
                 The Christmas Pups

Dec 21:  A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree
              Little Shepherd

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

                 A Child is Born

I would love to know what kind of Christmas books your family reads during the days leading up to Christmas Day. Leave me a comment below!


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