Christmas Books Advent CalendarPosted: December 1, 2014
It’s been a little while since my last post. Things have been busy around here with the holidays and such.
The weekend before Thanksgiving we went to Atlanta with my husband who was attending a work conference. We had a lot of fun visiting the Georgia Aquarium, especially since we got to attend a “wake up Santa” event. It is apparently one of the best aquariums in the country and definitely did not disappoint! Katie is still enthralled and mentions it regularly throughout the day.
We went to the Zoo Atlanta on our last day in the city. It wasn’t the greatest zoo in the world, but it was a lot of fun and they have panda bears, including two babies, which was really exciting to see! We rode the train and the carousel. Again, Katie mentions these regularly throughout the day. It was a fun trip, especially for Katie!
My husband’s brother, Tim, came for Thanksgiving. A very fun day! It was my first time cooking a holiday meal for anyone other than just us. It went pretty well and I think I found a keeper of a stuffing recipe. I’ll have to share soon…
But now it’s on to Christmas! One of the things I’m really excited to do again this year is our Christmas books advent calendar. I did this last year for the first time and it went pretty well. I bought a few new books featuring some of Hannah’s new favorite characters (Angelina Ballerina and Fancy Nancy) to switch out some of the not as great ones from last year.
The books I wrapped in order from 1 to 25 are as follows:
1. The Christmas Story* by Patricia Pingry (An excellent Biblically accurate version of the Christmas Story. I highly recommend!)
2. The Night Before Christmas* by Tomie DePaola
3. Bear Stays Up for Christmas* by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
4. Angelina’s Christmas (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird
5. Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas* by Jane O’Connor
6. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle
7. The Friendly Beasts an Old English Christmas Carol by Tomie DePaola
8. The Mitten* by Jan Brett
9. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt
10. Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise by Don Freeman
11. The Wild Toboggan Ride by Suzan Reid
12. Good King Wenceslas by Jamichael Henterly
13. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Eileen Daly
14. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren
15. The Snowy Day* by Ezra Jack Keats
16. The Twelve Days of Christmas A Christmas Carol Little Golden Book (couldn’t find link to the one we own)
17. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
18. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
19. Mickey’s Christmas Carol Little Golden Book
20. Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
21. Room For a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
22. Jingle Bells Little Golden Book by Kathleen Daly
23. The Hat* by Jan Brett
24. The Littlest Christmas Elf Little Golden Book by Nancy Buss
25. The Christmas Story Little Golden Book by Jane Werner Watson
(* highly recommend)
In terms of order, I like to sort the books into categories first (religious, Christmas secular, winter…). I lay out the books on the floor in rows to represent each week. I start with religious books as the first and last books as well as on each Sunday. Then I fill in the rest from my other categories, mixing them up so that there is always variety. I make a point of putting favorites in the first week or two so that we can read them as often as we like throughout the Christmas season.
Once I figure out my order, I simply wrap them up and then put a sticker on each with a number. Katie helped me pick out the wrapping paper at Dollar Tree. The stickers I made using 8 1/2″ x 11″ Avery label paper and a 2″ circle punch.
Not all of these books are necessarily top notch books, but I will add some each year so that hopefully in the future they will all be favorites. It’s a little hard to get started with so many books, but I found that thrift stores and ebay were a good way to inexpensively fill in the gaps between the nicer books we have slowly acquired and ones I owned as a child and have kept.