If you’re looking for a new Christmas family tradition to start with your kids, may I present The 12 Days of Christmas Books!
I’ve seen several ideas for 25 days of Christmas books but I didn’t have enough time to gather that many Christmas themed books, so I decided to do 12 instead!
Here’s how you can start this tradition in your home! It’s super fun and my kids are really looking forward to opening one book each day leading up the Christmas Day!
The 12 Days of Christmas Books Family Tradition
Choose 12 books that have an Advent or Christmas theme and wrap them in festive paper. Choose books that fit your kids’ age level, you could do this separately for older and younger kids if you’d like!
We gathered books from our stash (we keep the Christmas books packed away so they sometimes don’t remember which ones we have) and also borrowed some from the library.
**You can easily order a few even now off of Amazon Prime and have them in time for your last few days of books!
This year, I’m just trying one set of books with my kids ages 10, 8, 5 and 3. A great way to get your older kids involved in this tradition is to have them read some of the books to their younger siblings!
Label your packages with “Day 1, Day 2, etc” leading up to Christmas Eve (or you can include Christmas Day as well)! Then each day, you just unwrap a book and read it aloud.
Here is a video I made showing you the books we are using this year. There are a few more that we’re not using that I suggested in the list below the video!
The Twelve Days of Christmas, Jan Brett
1001 Things to Spot at Christmas
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
God Gave Us Christmas
The Legend of the Poinsettia
Itsy Bitsy Christmas
The Tale of Three Trees
Snowmen at Christmas
The Christmas Story: Brick Bible (Legos)
Room for a Little One
Tonight You Are My Baby
The Legend of the Candy Cane
Little Bible Playbook: The First Christmas
The Christmas Promise
If it’s easier to see the books all at once, you can find them (as well as many other ideas!) on my Amazon store page!
I hope you enjoy starting this tradition with your family! Moms, dads, grandparents and daycare providers can all do this! I think it’s a really fun way to get our kids excited about Christmas plus promote a love of reading and remind them of the true meaning of this season too. Merry Christmas!
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