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 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
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
3 thoughts on “The Christmas Advent That Helps to Cherish Time”
Oh my so much cuteness! I love love love this idea! And this little peek of your tree look Devine!
I love that I finally got into your blog……so cute tree and post. Word press would not allow me to enter my email address…..kept shutting me out.
I’m so sorry it kept shutting you out! So frustrating. I’m so happy you stopped by though. Thanks for the kind words!