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The Christmas Advent That Helps to Cherish Time

There are SO many different advents out there counting down the exciting days leading up to Christmas.  But over the years, I have learned that I don’t want anything extra to add to my already overwhelming to-do list.  Traditions, and advents are so fun!  But if it’s stressing me out, then it has got to go. (Good bye forever Elf on the Shelf) haha!  I needed something to slow down time.  Turns out, it’s actually impossible to slow down time, so rather, I needed something to help me cherish this fleeting time I have with my children. This Christmas Book Advent is just thing I needed.  That my family needed.  It’s simple, and inexpensive (I’ve been collecting books for years, well before I ever became a mom)  I reuse the same books each year, while adding one or a few new ones to the mix.  You can also go to the library and simply wrap a few books every couple of weeks or so!

I found some free printable tags over at Simple As That blog. (CLICK HERE) They are darling!  And again, making this mama’s life easier.

Each day we open a book and read it together leading up to Christmas.  I LOVE this time of day!  The kids excitement of opening a gift lead to calm and wonder as we sit around the tree reading the “new” book.  It’s truly the best of both worlds, and indeed a cherished time spent as a family.  I left a list accompanied by some links to the books we are reading this year.  (At the end of this post) While I do have more Christmas books than this, and rotate them each year, I always make sure to include our very favorites every time.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy reading! <3


List of 25 of our favorite Christmas books:

Home for Christmas – Jan Brett

Snowman at Christmas – Caralyn Buehner

Toot and Puddle Let it Snow – Holly Hobbie

Gingerbread Christmas – Jan Brett

Santa Claus and the Three Bears – Maria Modugho

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas – Alice Schertle

Toot and Puddle I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Holly Hobbie

The Christmas Train – Thomas S. Monson

The Animal’s Santa – Jan Brett

The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

The Littlest Christmas Tree – R.A. Herman

Twelve Days of Christmas – Alison Jay

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Suess

The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit – Emma Thompson

A Christmas Bell for Anya – Chris and Evie Stewart

A Creature Was Stirring – Carter Goodrich

The Animals Christmas Eve – Little Golden Book

A Merry Little Christmas – Mary Engelbreit

Christmas Trolls – Jan Brett

The Bakers Dozen – Aaron Shepard

Song of the Stars – Sally Lloyd-Jones

The Nutcracker – Susan Jeffers

Room for a Little One – Martin Waddel

The Night Before Christmas – Holly Hobbie

C is for Christmas – Tony Skousen Arenaz





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