Read Your Way to Christmas Morning

Christmas Countdown with books

I love Christmas. What I love even more about Christmas now as a mom is getting to share the excitement and anticipation of this wonderful season with my kids. One thing I had growing up was a paper advent calendar or countdown to Christmas. Every morning in December I would get the thrill of opening that little paper door to read what was inside. It wasn’t even the fancy treat-filled calendars you can find filled with trinkets. The act of getting to reveal one little paper square was simply thrilling to me.

Counting down to Christmas is exciting. 

When I was pregnant with my first son I shared with some friends that I had come across an idea (on Pinterest, of course) for doing a countdown to Christmas using wrapped Christmas books. Those incredibly kind friends pitched in and showered me with more than 25 Christmas books so I could make this idea a reality. Last year I dropped the ball and didn’t get myself organized enough to wrap them (having a nursing infant really puts a damper on great plans!) but we did read a Christmas-themed book every night with my two year old. He loved it and I loved the time to mentally prep for Christmas by taking a break, reading the Christmas story or another Christmas classic, and sharing the excitement leading up to the big holiday. 
This year I’m going to do it. I’ve got them all wrapped and ready to go and I’m excited to share reading time with my two boys every night as we count down to Christmas. Here are some books we have on our shelf and types of Christmas books you can look for to expand your collection. 
Christmas book countdown


Books that kids are sure to enjoy reading over and over and are probably some of your nostalgic favorites.

Character themed Christmas books

Name your kid’s favorite storybook character and they probably have a dedicated Christmas book. 

Baby books

We have several touch-and-feel books, board books, and books that play carols that keep baby’s interest.

Bible story books

Max Lucado has several great Christmas books for kids, and we have a big collection of Arch Books which tell the Christmas story from many different voices.

Other fun books

We like Olive, the other Reindeer, and I loved when my mom read aloud The Best Christmas Pageant Ever when I was in early grade school.  

Creating Your Christmas Book Advent “Calendar”

Take the time to wrap and number each book.  Enjoy opening and reading them one by one until Christmas finally arrives! Once you have your collection built, make sure you stash most of them them away after Christmas. My son got so attached to a few from last Christmas that we were reading them well past Easter. That did get a little old for mom after a while.

What books are you most excited to read with your kids this year? Which ones give you those holiday warm fuzzies that you can’t wait to share with your kids?

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One Response to Read Your Way to Christmas Morning

  1. Beth Long
    Beth Long November 29, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    I love this! We have a stash I put away every year with our Christmas decorations, and I’m looking to add to it this year.

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