Sometimes the holidays can be so stressful for a mom. Our calendars fill up with programs and parties. Our lists are long and we have to run around finding the perfect gift to put a smile on each kid’s face. This year, I even have to make one of the gifts! There are Christmas cards to make and send. Neighbor gifts to create. Lights to hang. Trees to decorate. Gingerbread houses to build. Cookies to bake. The trip to see Santa. A visit to Temple Square to see the lights. Christmas concerts. And then there’s still plenty of homework and even some end-of-the-year school projects assigned to the kids.
You know the drill. It’s busy. It’s hectic and sometimes trying to create a season of magic for your kids can drive a mom crazy. To maintain my sanity, some years I simply cut things out. But I also like adding things that are simple and bring us together as a family.
The Children’s Book Christmas Advent Calendar was born.
With five kids, we love and have collected a lot of children’s picture books. Many of these books are Christmas books. Each year, I wrap up all the Christmas books (the beloved favorites and a few new ones) and label them with dates. This becomes our countdown to Christmas calendar.
Each evening in December as my family gathers to read scriptures and pray, we also open the next Christmas book and read it together. The kids love to take turns reading the books. It only takes a few moments of our day. But they are special moments--quiet, cuddling moments.
As the month progresses and the basket of wrapped books gets smaller, we have quite a stack of Christmas books that the kids enjoy reading again and again.
A few of our favorite Christmas books are:
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
The Christmas Song : Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire illustrated by Doris Barrette
Sam’s Christmas Wish by George Durrant
Russell’s Christmas Magic by Rob Scotton
Room For A Little One : A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
Little Santa by Jon Agee
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