Advent is a big deal at our house. I LOVE Advent calendars. Some years it takes us a good 20 minutes each night to tour the house opening each little box or hanging each tiny ornament for all of the Advent calendars. Well, as if that wasn’t enough, this year I’ve added a new Advent tradition to the mix: wrapping a Christmas book for each day of Advent and then opening up and reading one each night.
I found this idea on Pinterest a few years ago, and now that we have our own child I couldn’t wait to try it. Although I could also see doing this with Christmas and Hanukkah books at school to count down to Winter Break. I started by gathering up 25 Christmas books.
Now, I must admit I have a children’s book buying habit, so it was no trouble for me to find 25 books in my own collection to wrap. If you don’t have that many Christmas books, you may want to start collecting now for next year! A couple tips on book choices… Don’t pick anthologies. You want to be able to read one quick story a day. Also, I suggest that you don’t pick your most favorite stories to wrap. You will want to read those over and over throughout the month rather than just once when you get to that wrapped package. Besides, this gives you a chance to be sure you get to read all of your Christmas books – even the more unfamiliar ones you might normally forget.
After you have chosen your books, wrap them.
Don’t put bows on them so you can stack them in a pile and watch the pile get smaller over the course of the month. Put numbers on the packages instead.
I used this set of numbered Christmas stamps from Stampin’ Up to number my packages, but you could also use stick on numbers or just write the numbers with a Sharpie.
Kids will love this new Advent tradition! (At least I can only assume they would love it… Our one year old is perhaps still a bit too young to fully appreciate it as she tends to jump up and run off a few pages into each night’s book to do something vitally important such as blow on the tinsel on the tree or move the peppermint candy window clings from the patio door to the front of the dishwasher.) I am LOVING reading a Christmas book each night though, and I hope you will too!