Let the countdown to Christmas, commence! That being said, there’s still time (it’s fairly simple to throw together) or pin for safe keeping for next year. Either way, it’s a must-do if you love reading Christmas books with your little ones. The concept can easily be altered for various renditions. Some ideas might be: stuff with sweet sentiments that family members write about each other, a fun activity to share together each day, a person’s name or organization to be of service to for that day, the list goes on… But for this year, it’s Christmas storybooks!
Being a lover of children’s literature (the 1st grade teacher, in me, I suppose), we’ve been collecting Christmas books for years and have slowly gathered enough to make this little storybook advent calendar, a dream come true! When selecting books, I take into consideration a number of factors. Like, Ryan’s Italian heritage — The Legend of Old Befana. Or tender lessons, such as those taught in Christmas Day in the Morning. And of course beautiful illustations and interactive elements for extra magic — The Reindeer Wish, Gingerbread Friends, and The Jolly Christmas Postman!
It’s hard to stick to reading just ONE story each night. So, we are reading, A Christmas Carol, little by little throughout the entire month, as well!
Oh and few more tips: the boxes are matchboxes (matches removed, of course), covered in Trader Joe’s shopping bags, adorned with baker’s twine and washi tape, and hung on a fresh pine bough (one that we snipped from the lowest part of our christmas tree).