25 Days of Holiday Reading

Our family is rolling through some big transitions this Christmas┬áseason and rather than feel┬ágrumpy/annoyed/depressed about how I imagined things would be and how they’re not, I’m taking these changes as the opportunity to start some new traditions!

My little ones are two and four so Christmas is magical in every sense of the word. My daughter remembers quite a bit about Christmas last year and can’t wait for our tree, a drive through a neighborhood┬álight show in a town north of ours and baking, baking, baking! Her exuberance is giving me a lot of light and hope to make this Christmas the best for my family.

One of the new traditions I’m starting is a book project a number of my friends have recommended.

This is what you do …

Prior to December 1st, gather┬á25 Christmas books. You can buy them, borrow them, gather then from your bookshelf or check them out from the library. Wrap each of them up individually and right a number on each, one through twenty five. On each day leading up to Christmas, let your children unwrap a new Christmas book to read! That’s it! A simple, fun tradition that boosts the love of reading … and the love of opening presents ­čÖé

 

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Here is my list of 25 books for this year! Some mama’s chimed in on my blog Facebook page, some are new ones I’ve had my eye on and of course, there are quite a few classics I can’t wait to introduce my children to.

  1. Polar Express
  2. The Night Before Christmas – Best illustrations!
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy
  5. Silent Night
  6. The Barnyard Night Before Christmas – What a fun twist!
  7. Apple Tree Christmas
  8. Porcupine In a Pine Tree – A Canadian classic!
  9. A Tale of Three Trees
  10. Sweet Smell of Christmas
  11. God Gave Us Christmas
  12. The Christmas Story
  13. Truthy Ruthy’s Christmas Surprise
  14. Charlie and the Christmas Kitty┬á– It’s Ree Drummond’s book!
  15. Santa’s Favorite Story
  16. Franklin’s Christmas Gift – A big hit with Franklin fans!
  17. The Jolly Christmas Postman┬á– Love this series!
  18. The Christmas Owl
  19. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  20. The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet
  21. 10 Trim the Tree-ers
  22. Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  23. The Wild Christmas Reindeer – I’ll always love Jan Brett!
  24. The Pajamas Elves
  25. A Pirate’s 12 Days of Christmas

What are your favorite Christmas books to read with your kids?

Photo Source: Another Rainy Day In Paradise

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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