Thursday, December 2, 2010

Count Down with a Christmas Book Basket

Each December, the first thing to come down from the attic is our Christmas Book Basket.
It is filled with 24 Christmas books and I wrap them all.

Beginning on December 1 (supposedly. . I have not wrapped ours yet), one of my kids picks a “present” from the basket, unwraps it and then we read it together. It is such a sweet way to end the day together.

The remaining wrapped books tell us how many more days til Christmas.

If you did not have 24 Christmas books, you could just start the book countdown on Dec 20. And wrap 5 books and read one a night.

Or until you obtained your own book collection, you could check out Christmas books from the library and wrap them individually.

Some of our books are classics such as Twas the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. One of my kids favorites is the Golden Book titled The Sweet Smells of Christmas. It has scratch and sniff stickers on each page. Some books are more suitable for J, my 4 year old. Some more appropriate for the older kids.

Some of the books in our book basket are:

The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry is a quick read, board book for 1-5 year olds.

Santa Are You For Real? by Harold Myra shares who the real St. Nick was, when he lived, and why he gave gifts.

The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne is a quick read, board book of how the evergreen tree first became a symbol of Christmas and a way to tell people about God.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado is a fiction story about a disabled lamb who finds he has a special purpose and place in this world, for older kids.

A Christmas Story: From Creation to the Savior’s Birth by Susie Poole, great for elementary age kids.

One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham is a fiction story for older elementary and middle school kids as it is complex and lengthy. The Christmas story is shared, beginning with the Creation and ending with the Resurrection

No idea is original, eh? I think I first heard about this idea when I was in a MOPS group when Anna was 3 years old, that was 10 years ago. A quick google search
brought up this post by Rebecca at Simple as That and this post by Melissa at 320 Sycamore. Both are worth checking out if you want to incorporate this idea into your home.

So tell me do you have a favorite Christmas book? Do you know of a book I should add to our Christmas Book Basket?


  1. thank you so much for the link and for suggesting some more great Christmas books! I'm always looking for more great tried and true favorites to add to our Christmas reading list! :)

  2. Great Idea - I might try to set something like that up this weekend! My 9 year old gets the LEGO advent calendar each year - and looks forward to putting that together each morning, and finding his Elf - who flew off the shelf overnight!

  3. We are doing it this year! I went to the library today to supplement our books (we only have 15). I haven't wrapped them yet either but tonight after we did the advent calendar activity we got out one of the books and read it together. I'm already loving it.

  4. Su~great suggestions! We love Sweet Smell of Christmas, but they sure don't smell as strong as I remember them...thanks for the link! xo


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