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A Christmas Book a Day

This will be our eighth Christmas together since we got married and the first time we’ve ever stayed at our own home.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about getting to do the whole Christmas thing on our own, especially now that Ella is really into the concept.

One of the projects I’ve worked on quite a bit over the last couple of weeks is getting together a collection of Christmas books and wrapping them all so that Ella can open one each day until Christmas.

Also, reading to a toddler is an activity I can do while holding a newborn, so that makes it very appealing this year.

We own a few of these titles and then the rest I checked out from the library (which is, admittedly, a bit risky what with the possibility of other people requesting them, forcing me to either pay fines or unwrap a bunch of presents – I did write the names of each book on the back of the wrapping paper so I can find ones as needed).

And thanks to having a
few more books in our Christmas collection than I’d remembered, I
started a couple of days early, just so it wasn’t EVERYTHING starting on Dec 1st. I put one book under the tree each night and Ella opens it in the morning. It’s fun to start the day snuggling together in our bed with a new book.

I’ll probably buy copies of the ones we like best this year and continue to grow our collection over the years, swapping in a few new titles every year to keep things fresh.

Anyway, here are the 25 books under our tree this year:

  1. The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska
  2. Toot and Puddles: Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie
  3. Albert and the Angels by Leslie Norris and Mordicai Gerstein
  4. A Creature was Stirring by Clement Clarke Moore and Carter Goodrich
  5. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin
  6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson and Laura Cornell
  7. One Starry Night by Lauren Thompson
  8. Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan
  9. Millie in the Snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  10. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
  11. Oliver and Amanda’s Christmas Jean Van Leeuwenand Ann Schweninger
  12. Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  13. Dream Snow by Eric Carle
  14. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Renee Graef
  15. Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Alison Jay
  16. Inside Outside Christmas by Robin Spowart
  17. Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell and Jason Cockcroft
  18. Toot and Puddles: I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Holly Hobbie
  19. Reindeer Christmas by Mark Kimball Moulton and Karen Hillard Good 
  20. Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
  21. Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
  22. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Daley Mackall, Lou Fancher, and Steve Johnson
  23. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
  24. Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke
  25. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman and Simon Mendez

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  • Reply Karen November 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    What fun. I love the idea of getting library books and wrapping them to add to your collection. Between the books and the Advent activities, you, Bart, and Ella are going to have a great Christmas. And we are excited for Ella's little sister to come and join in the fun. Hope everything goes well.

  • Reply Tina's Blog November 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I hadn't done this before, but my oldest daughter, who is 11 – and way more organized than her mother- got this lined up, and I have been wrapping a few books here and there. Just 10 more to go! Then we'll start in with the book a day thing until Christmas, too. I included a few chapter books – A Newbery Christmas and Truce by Jim Murphy for my older girls that we obviously can't read all at once.

  • Reply Ash November 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this! I'm passing it on to my sisters for their kids 🙂

  • Reply Diane November 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    The best countdown to Christmas idea I've ever heard!!

  • Reply Janelle November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I'm so glad you have Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree on your list. That is one of my favorites. We just moved and our new place has *ahem* some mice issues. (Ew.) When we got our tree in the house we had to snip the top off, as it was a smidge too tall, and I about died (laughing) when Tom put the tip under the stove (where the mice come up from the crawl space) for the mice. I like the idea better in book form. 🙂

  • Reply Becca November 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    My mom gave Llama Llama Holiday Drama to T this year, and it is darling. Although nothing can compare to the original Llama Llama.

    This is the first year we're doing our own thing, too. And even though T doesn't get it, it's nice because he doesn't expect certain traditions. We might fly the coop and head to Tahoe for Christmas! We'll see.

  • Reply Meg November 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I love this idea! It makes me want to dig out my favorite Christmas books – although I guess Clara is a few years away from appreciating The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears November 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    dude. seriously cute idea.

  • Reply Katrina Rose December 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Wow, I am in love with this idea. Great, as always!

  • Reply Lexilooo December 1, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I love this idea!

  • Reply megan December 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I've always wanted to do this. Maybe I still can a day late. I think I have more than enough books even without the library. Of course I will have to make them take turns opening them. . .

  • Reply girlseeksplace December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love this idea.

  • Reply Jenna December 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I just maxed out my library hold allotment trying to get as many of these as possible 😉

  • Reply Sarah S. December 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    what a cute idea! How fun that Ella gets to unwrap something every morning 🙂

  • Reply Emily December 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I am so curious about Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree… our favorite is called Once There Was a Christmas Tree. Same story, but with all animals. It looks like it might be an updated version of the same story?

  • Reply mumintraining December 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini is popular with my little guy. We got it as part of a Christmas book pack from the Scholastic order form. We got 12 books for less than $20 total so less than $2 each. I read a different book to him each night for the twelve nights before Christmas. Mooseltoe was, by far, his favourite.

    If you have access to Scholastic order forms through school or preschool, it might be worth it to pick up a pack for next year. It'll save you from stressing over late fees from the library and you can always donate them after your children have grown out of them.

  • Reply Jamie Slater November 13, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I love this idea! We are planning to start this tradition this Christmas with our 1 year old except we will only be doing 12 days of Christmas.
    I don't think using library books for an extended period of time is very thoughtful, however. Especially if you are taking most or several holiday books during the holiday season. I am always frustrated when I try to check out a couple of holiday books from our library to find they have all been checked out. The right thing to do is to borrow a couple of holiday books for 2-3 weeks maximun; allow other families to enjoy them during the holiday season as well.

  • Reply Library Goddess December 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    One of my favorites is How Santa Got His Job!
    It is one of the most cleverly written books ever. It goes through all the jobs Santa had which led up to he became Santa. For example chimney sweep ( he never gets dirty), mailman (he makes deliveries in the middle of the night), cook at an all night diner (he gains a lot of weight) and so on until the elves discover him at the circus.

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