Christmas Books for kids (favorite tradition)

One of my most favorite Christmas traditions is reading a Christmas book each night to the kids as we count down to Christmas. We’ve been doing this for a few years now, and each year I love to add a couple of new Christmas books to our collection to keep it exciting.

In years past, I have individually wrapped each book and each night they get to unwrap a new book. It’s like an advent calendar on it’s own.

Last year I made this simple fabric pouch to wrap the books in. I keep all the books tucked away in a box in the basement, and each night I put a new one in this pouch with the giant bow on it and put it under the tree. They love this tradition! I love that this little pouch is less work for me and it’s earth friendly too (win-win).

For someone who’s not a sewer, this little pouch is super simple. It’s just fabric folded over and sewn together with the edges sewn nice. If you don’t have access to a sewing machine, you could also use a gift sack or you could use ribbon to wrap the fabric up.

I’m all about the earth friendly gift wrap.

This would be a fun use for vintage Christmas fabric or this napkin that I found at the thrift store.

If you are looking for a few new Christmas books to add to your collection too, here’s a bunch of fun ones. A few of these we have, and a few I’m hoping to add to our list too.

Does your family have a favorite Christmas book? Share it in the comment section! I’d love to hear them.


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Comments

  1. 1

    The pouch is a great idea! Love the giant bow:)

    The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is a wonderful book~ beautiful story and illustrations!

  2. 3

    This is a fabulous idea, I am definitely doing this! We have the same tradition and I was going to wrap the books today, but was cringing at all the wrapping paper I would have to use. In years past I would stock pile packaging paper and reuse them for the books, but I didn’t do that this year.

    Our favorite book is Cajun Night Before Christmas. Both my kids were born in the South so it has sentimental value, but when I read it to them in the Cajun accent — we are all laughing. They talk about it all year!

  3. 5

    We do this, too! We wrap them individually and open one each night as out advent like you used to. I’ll have to keep the fabric pouch idea in mind though! For now, our Elf brings all of the books with him each year after Thanksgiving, and he takes them back to the North Pole with him after Christmas, for safekeeping. :) Some of our favorites we’ve found are “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman and “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe. I also second the Johnathan Toomey recommendation!

  4. 7

    Great idea! I want to start this tradition in a year or two!

  5. 9

    I love that you made this so much easier by using your earth friendly wrapping idea!! We have way too many Christmas books (not that that is possible!!). Each year I add a few more to our collection. We have a variety/department store called Big W (in Australia) and they get in a new range of books every year at awesome prices.

  6. 11

    We do this too- love it! Christmas oranges, a christmas dress for ellen, the little shepherds christmas, a candle in the window, the last straw, mary did you know, the christmas train, who will guide my sleigh tonight, mooseltoe, polar express, and santa and me and a lonesome bear called T are all favorites of our family. My mom gives each family a new book each Christmas Eve, so we’ve collected most of them through that tradition. I love your reusable fabric wrap idea. Gonna have to do that asap.

  7. 12

    I can’t see your list of books. ?? We do this too and I would love to see what books are your faves. Thanks!

    • 13

      Hi Shannon!

      If you hoover over the images of books, that is the list. Each one will take you to Amazon if you’d like to buy them.

      Let me know if you see it now?

  8. 14

    Weird. It was just the browser that was the problem, see it in Explorer, can’t see it in Firefox. Hmm.

  9. 15

    We do this too, Kami! I love it! Though, I have to say, your idea of the reuseable packing is genius! Might have to do that.
    I have a whole book list in this post: http://www.momendeavors.com/2011/11/christmas-book-advent.html
    I especially recommend Wombat Divine and Humphrey’s First Chirstmas! :)

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