Christmas Reading Advent

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Celebrate Reading with your children this Holiday Season!

Raise your hand if you are like me and believe that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!  I can’t get enough of the Christmas traditions that my parents raised me on, along with creating new traditions for my own little family.  I wanted to share one simple way to bring the love of reading into your pre-Christmas or Holiday festivities!

If you’ve ever had an advent calendar you know how exciting it is to see what each day holds as you count down to Christmas.  When I was little, this was a calendar with a chocolate candy on each day and I couldn’t wait to open it!  As parents, we can grow our child’s excitement for reading by creating a Christmas advent.  Here’s how simple it is:

Wrap up ten Christmas books.  They don’t have to be new books, and they can even be library books if you don’t have enough Christmas books at home.  Each day, have your child unwrap a book, snuggle down and read it with you.  Chances are, your child will grow to LOVE this tradition and the books that you are reading together, and will eagerly anticipate reading the same books next year.

If you decide this is something you really want to do next year, make sure to look for sales on Christmas books after the season this year!  To celebrate, I’m going to share a few of my favorite Christmas books below.  If you have any other Christmas books you or your children love, make sure to comment on our facebook page so I can add them to the list!

And a tip for older children:  Find a Christmas chapter book (like this one), count the number of chapters, and make the advent reading one chapter a night until Christmas day.

If you decide to accept this challenge, make sure to tell me about it in the comments below!  Have a wonderful Holiday Season and happy reading!

 

My top 10 favorite Christmas books:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present

Polar Express

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Gingerbread Baby

The Biggest Snowman Ever

The Christmas Wish

Bear Stays up for Christmas

The Mitten

Special thanks to @babyatplay on Instagram for the idea!

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