When searching for fun Christmas traditions to begin with my preschooler last year, I stumbled upon the idea of wrapping up Christmas books, placing them under the tree and then opening one for each day of December until Christmas Day. What better way to encourage reading during the Christmas season than by creating a Christmas reading tradition?
The 25 days of Christmas books was a huge hit in our house. Every night my son was thrilled to unwrap and then read the book that he chose from under tree. His excitement around the nightly routine was palpable; unwrapping and reading the books together added to the festive enchantment of the holiday season.
Most of the books I chose to use last year, we borrowed from our local public library: I just wrapped them up borrowed them (for up to two weeks) and returned them once read. Of course, some of the books were read, and reread and reread for the duration of their stay at our house.
The 25 days of Christmas reading tradition will certainly continue in our household. Finn has already been asking to reread some of the books we borrowed last year. This year, I decided to purchase some Christmas books from Amazon to add to our own Christmas collection and I’ll mix these in with our list for this year.
Below is a list of some of the books we read last year and some of the new ones that I plan on wrapping for the first 25 days of December this year.
Note that these books will be enjoyed by my preschool-age son who is four and a half, and my toddler, who is almost two.
25 Days of Christmas 2016 (A Partial Selection)
(3 year old and 1 year old)
Books Added for 2017
(4 year old and nearly 2 year old)
Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favorite Christmas reads?