12 days of Christmas Reading –
A few years ago I saw a Pinterest post encouraging people to wrap 24 books and place them under your Christmas tree. Each night starting on December 1st, have your child unwrap a book and read the story. I loved this idea so much and decided to modify it to 12 days. I went through my kids books and discovered we had 8 Christmas books so I only had to buy 4 more. I wrapped them all up and put them all underneath the tree. The kids were so excited to open a new “Gift” everyday. I have 2 kids so they alternated days as to who would pick and unwrap the book. We have done this 3 years in a row now and my kids get very excited for this fun tradition.
Here are my lessons learned over the years:
– Plan! If you do not already know where all of your Christmas books are go find them now. If you do not have enough Christmas books go get more now.
-Check out used books stores and thrift stores for books. A friend of mine found books as low as 25¢.
-Make the time. I know you are busy but you can make the time for this. It takes maybe 15 mins a night. By day 3 your kids will be asking to unwrap a story.
-Most children have required reading as a part of their homework. Incorporate this into their required reading for school. Engage their teacher and tell them your plan.
-Have fun! Some of these Christmas stories get me really emotional. Take this time to tell your children the true meaning of Christmas.
-Talk to your kids about different Christmas traditions around the world.
– Visit your local library, it’s free! I am adding this tip. My good sister-friend Tracy is doing the full 24 days of Christmas Reading and decided to wrap books from the library. I am adopting this idea this year to cycle in some new stories.
Here is a list of some of my favorites: