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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas Traditions: Christmas Books Advent

A Christmas Dress For EllenI found this idea in a magazine years ago. Assemble 24 Christmas (or winter) children's books, wrap them up and every evening from December 1st to Christmas Eve, the kids get to unwrap one book. It helps them with the "IamsoexcitedandifIdon'topenapresentrightnowIamgoingtoexplode" phenomenon. Of course over the years I've collected more than 24 books, so now we start reading books on the night after Thanksgiving. Here are some of our favorites. Most of my books I have gotten at Seagull Book or at 'after Christmas' sales. I have also gotten a few good deals through Scholastic book orders. The vast majority of my books I have bought for $4 or less.

  1. A Christmas Dress For Ellen by Thomas S. Monson
  2. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
  3. Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
  4. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
  5. I Spy Christmas by Jean Marzollo
  6. Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
  7. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
  8. And Then In A Twinkling by Becky Kelly
  9. The Very Smiley Snowman by Jack Tickle
  10. What Santa Can't Do by Douglas Wood
  11. Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas: Celebrate from A to Z
  12. Today Is Christmas! by P.K. Hallinan
  13. Christmas Pea Coat by Richard H. Schneider
  14. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Hunt
  15. The Little Drummer Mouse by Mercer Mayer
  16. Fear Not, Joseph!: A Story of Christmas by Julie Stiegemeyer
  17. There Was No Snow On Christmas Eve by Pam M. Ryan
  18. Silent Night illustrated by Thomas Kinkade
  19. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
  20. Bear Noel by Olivier Dunrea
  21. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  22. Christmas for a Dollar by Gale Sears
  23. A Cricket's Carol by Mark K. Moulton
  24. A Christmas Stocking Story by Hilary Knight
  25. Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
  26. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  27. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
My blogging friend Jocelyn also has a list of 24 favorite Christmas books plus she has a simple craft or ornament to go with each one if you're feeling ambitious. They're worth checking out.

    6 comments:

    1. Thanks for the shout out! You've got some of my very favorites on here. I raided the library for a few fresh titles to add to our advent this year ! Let the games begin!!!!! :)

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    2. Looks like a great collection. I still have all the children books from when my daughter was younger - a vast library.

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    3. That is such a cute idea and a great collection of books.

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    4. The first few years I didn't have 24 books of my own, so we supplemented with a several from the library too.

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    5. I just read about this on another blog, and it has inspired me! I think I'll just start with the 12 days of Christmas this year. But thank you so much for all the title suggestions, because I doubt I even have 12 to start with.

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