You guys! I did it! This is the final blog series of the year. For any new friends, this year I’ve been devoting one week a month to a themed blog series with daily blog posts. I’ve talked all about project life, shared some ‘wish someone told me sooner’ parenting advice, written about ways to preserve your memories/photos, revealed our favorite things in West Seattle, taught a few easy photo editing tips, celebrated my third birthday, shared ideas for documenting childhood, revealed my favorite apps, given ideas for fun ways to use your photos, dished about my family’s favorite recipes, and created some fun DIY photo gift ideas, and now I’m sharing my family’s favorite Christmas traditions!
This is a new tradition we’re introducing into our house this year. I’ve had it pinned on Pinterest since before I had kids, but mine are now finally old enough to enjoy & understand it. (Also, I put all these books on the kids Christmas wish lists the last two years so to help with the cost as we built our collection… it’s a bit of an investment!)
The concept is pretty straight forward: use Christmas books as a countdown to Christmas. Wrap up 24 holiday-themed books, label each with a number, let the kids unwrap one each evening before bed, and then read it together. The final book is The Night Before Christmas.
If you’d like to try this tradition with your family, it can be modified for all ages by purchasing age-appropriate books. Though, I hope my kids may eventually feel sentimental/nostalgic about some of these little kid titles and we can include them for years to come.
Here’s our Christmas Countdown book list (in no particular order) if you need some ideas to get started:
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
- Merry Christmas, Mouse
- Who Is Coming To Our House?
- Paddington’s Magical Christmas (I got this from a Little Free Library and can’t find it on amazon, but here’s a similar title)
- The Littlest Elf
- Mouse’s First Snow
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas
- Where is Baby’s Christmas Present?
- The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
- Colin’s Very Merry Christmas (a personalized book from I See Me)
- Thomas’ Christmas Delivery
- You Are My Miracle
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
- The Christmas Wish
- The Polar Express
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- A Wish to be a Christmas Tree
- Click, Clack, Ho, Ho Ho
- The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving
- The Christmas Baby
- Christmas in the Manger
- How to Catch Santa
- God Gave Us Christmas
- The Night Before Christmas
I created a FREE download for these numbered gift tags (see below for download info). Download the file, print at home (there are 2 pages), cut them out, and your countdown is ready to go!
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More Christmas traditions are coming all week long! If you’d like to receive a summary in your email inbox at the end of the week, enter your email address here!