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As each new year comes I love finding new traditions for us to enjoy as a family. We also enjoy the tried and true ones we have been doing since big brother was a tot, like making sugar cookies each December. The Advent Calendar is a tradition we started last year. With a new baby at home this time last year we started with a simple banner countdown. Each card hanging from our banner had one simple, yet fun, activity for us to enjoy. Examples: read a Christmas book, decorate a gingerbread house… This year I knew I wanted to try the Book Advent Countdown To Christmas.
Book Advent Countdown To Christmas
We love to read and had a stack of Christmas books, so the book countdown worked out great for us this year. It was also great timing to have just gotten a few packages in the mail that had lots of brown packing paper inside. I saved this paper to make homemade wrapping paper last year. I knew it would be cheap and easy to use it to wrap the books. I wrapped 22 books and found 2 more later that needed batteries. I will add those books in soon. I had also considered adding a few winter themed books to make it 24. Some of these books are simple dollar tree Christmas books and others are ones we have been collecting over the years. This book countdown is already a big hit with the boys and we are only on night 2. So glad they can enjoy this countdown and we get to spend time together each night reading. I hope these memories stay with them a lifetime. I know I will hold them in my heart forever.
What I used:
24 Christmas books, brown wrapping paper, tape, scissors.
What to do:
Wrap each book. Then stack them on top of each other. I placed ours on a small table next to the tree. I added a bow to the top. Now each day or night let the kids open one book. With each book you open and read you are one day closer to Christmas.
I hope you and the kids can have fun with this Book Advent Calender too.
HERE is our Ultimate Christmas Book List if you would like to look through it.
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