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A Fun Way To Count Down To Christmas

We started a new tradition last year that turned out to be a hit. I read about it on a blog last year and knew it was something I wanted to start for our family. I have searched through some of the blogs I read trying to find out who wrote about it so I could give them credit, but I could not find it. Please tell me if it was you that gave me this great idea!

Xmas books

Last year I gathered up all of our Christmas books and with the help of an early Christmas gift from my mom, I wrapped enough books so the kids could open one each day from December 1st until Christmas Eve. I put tags on each gift with the date that they could open it. When the book of the day was opened we all piled on the couch to read it together. After a book is open we put it back in the basket so they can look at the open books whenever they want throughout the month.

This year I had some extra books so we started the day after Thanksgiving.

…and I still have some extra books so there are three days that have a book for each of them to open.

My name is Kim and I have a book addiction.

I was proud of myself for having the books wrapped the week before Thanksgiving, but my game plan for next year is to wrap the books before we put the Christmas decorations away this year. Then I can use up the rest of the rolls of wrapping paper and not have to store them until next year, and it will knock one thing off my list of things to do before Christmas.


  • Meagan

    Kim, that is such a fun idea! I love it and would love to do this with my family, I just need to collect up about 20 more books first. 🙂

  • First…very good idea! It is family time…with reading! (Teacher in me loves that!)
    Second…love the idea about using up the rest of the Christmas paper! Very clever!
    Third…love your site. It’s very appealing to the eye, and you seem like a very organized person! I am looking forward to connecting with you, and learning lots!

  • smart. love the ideas. I’m now on a book hunt.

  • Jana

    That is such a great idea. I love it. I wonder if our kids are too old for that one. Treighton is already on a count down unyil Christmas.

  • I agree, what a great idea. Kind of like an advent calendar. Kids can start counting down the days with the books.

  • Oh great idea about the wrapping paper and having it done before you put it away! I wish I was there to help read the books.

  • whim

    Meagan, you could always start with however many books you have. I was initially going to count down the twelve days before Christmas, until my mom gave us a stack of Christmas books last year. Also, I bet there are good Christmas books at Goodwill or the DI. Those are my new favorite places to find books to buy for the kids. Also, those thick toy catalogues (like the JCPenney Wish List one) would be fun to sneak in there. We should be getting ours in the mail soon and I am going to wrap it and add it to the book we open for that day. My kids will spend hours looking through those.

    I was just thinking…another thing you could do is mix in Christmas DVD’s and if you plan and open it earlier in the evening (or day) you could have a movie night. (hmmm….I will make note of that for next year.)

  • Shantel Jones

    love it! I will have to do that next yer for our kids!

  • Trisha

    Kim, thanks for sharing this fantastic idea! I LOVE it!! I think I will start this year with the 12 days before Christmas and go from there. You are seriously one of the coolest moms I know. Your kids are very lucky to have you : )

  • Hey! Thanks for the justification for me to go out and buy about 20 more Christmas books. This sounds fun.