12.07.2008

A Month of Christmas Books

Wrapping Christmas Books
A favorite December tradition that I have taken from my childhood is wrapping holiday books to be opened and read each night before Christmas. Not knowing what book you will be reading each night makes for a fun surprise and unwrapping the packages is always a pleasure! Our book collection has grown so we open a couple books every night of the month, but this can be set up as a 12 Days of Christmas/Hanukkah tradition too. We keep the wrapping simple and let the kids help (yes, my 2-year old has the scissors!). They have fun with it and everyone has a good time getting a sneak peek at the books we will be enjoying.

My reasoning behind wrapping lots of books and keeping the wrapping simple is this: The day after our wrapping party my daughter opened maybe a third of the books we had wrapped in a matter of five minutes of alone time. Fortunately that is what they are there for and it left us with lots of books to read outside of the special books to be unwrapped nightly. This is just a warning in case you put a lot of effort into wrapping beautiful packages!

I have a few books I want to add to our collection this year and am always open to other's favorite titles. Do you have any children's holiday book recommendations? If people are interested I am happy to take the time to list and link to the books we enjoy, but only if people express interest!

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20 comments:

natalie said...

I love this tradition! I want to start this too and would love to hear the books you like if you wouldn't mind sharing.

Melissa said...

I love this idea! We read Christmas books every night but I have never thought of wrapping them. Great idea!

Eric and Danielle said...

I would love to hear which ones you enjoy. We started this year and I need to add to my collection. Some that are more toddler friendly. (Short attention span and all.)

Michele said...

Yes!! I'd love to hear the list. Like Eric & Danielle, I have been looking for some that my 2 year old would enjoy! Thanks for the idea!

Mandy said...

I would love some ideas!

Laurel said...

I LOVE THIS IDEA! I have a 3 year old boy! What fun this would be if I could start it this year. Would love it if you would share some of your books! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

Sarah said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! my girls would love it too! I don't have enough Christmas books yet, but I might pick up some and start with what we have! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Kristy said...

Please do list your favorites!

Cara said...

I love this idea. Definitely one to copy. I would love a list of your favourite holiday books too.

Anonymous said...

I would love your list!

Arin said...

Would love to see your list also!

Lou said...

Holly, I would love, love, love to see your list. I have done a post on our blog linking to this post. It's such a gorgeous tradition.

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves said...

Oh what a lovely tradition. Great job keeping alive.

pat said...

You must have a great creative mother!!!

Borders is having a 50% off children's Christmas book sale this week only!!!

Ashley said...

What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing

Holly - tutus & turtles said...

Thanks for the nice feedback everyone. I will post the books starting Friday!

Thanks for the post Lou and thanks for the tip Pat.

Janadt.Huggins said...

I would love to hear your christmas book list. We always had a special christmas book bag. I like the wrapping idea much better. I'm going to start it now :)

the fellers said...

that is a really great idea!

The Jesperson Family said...

SUCH a good idea. I am going to do this with the kids for sure! They would love that! Thanks for sharing your traditions with us.

Nancy Murphy said...

What a fun idea to make books like a special present! We can do it for our christmas count down.

I think we will be wrapping tomorrow. My girls will love this idea.

This would also be a great idea to reward a beginner reader.