Cheap & Simple Book Advent Calendar
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A New Christmas Tradition
I love Christmas traditions, there is just something about carrying on traditions that have been passed down generation after generation. Whether is making a loved ones special recipe or visiting your families favorite Christmas event it just makes Christmas feel that much more special.
As great as the older traditions are I wanted to start making some of my own families traditions that I could pass down to our boys then they can share and pass on with their children. Enter the Book Advent Calendar!
Book Advent Calendar
The other day I was chatting with a dear friend of mine and a book advent calendar was brought up. The idea is simple and CHEAP/FREE!!! It’s pure genius if you ask me! Want to know more?!?! I don’t blame you, strap on a helmet cause this is about to blow your mind.
So, here is the deal. You get 25 Christmas books either purchased or from the library. I am all about saving where I can so it was library books for me and whatever books I have on had currently and maybe one or two books purchased. You can do whatever you like. You just get your 25 Christmas books wrap them and put them under the tree. Starting on December 1st, let your child(ren) open one of the books under the tree every day through Christmas Eve or Christmas. Have them pick their book/present to open in the morning or the evening. I prefer the evening because we can use the book as a bed time story or we can cuddle on the couch and read it by the Christmas tree. You do what works best for you and your kiddos.
Genius right?!?!! What makes this even better is you can do this for nearly nothing, just the cost of some tape and wrapping paper. Which you can get from your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree for just a few dollars. If you don’t have one near you just somewhere you can purchase items cheap. If you have them already on hand (from stocking up on last years after Christmas deals, *cough *cough, yep that’s me) GREAT! That makes your savings even better.
*LET ME JUST SAY, I DON’T CONDONE RUINING LIBRARY BOOKS. THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT DESTROYING THE LIBRARIES BOOKS BUT TO HELP YOU BY USING IT’S RESOURCES TO MAKE LIFE MUCH MORE ENJOYABLE. I LOVE LIBRARIES AND FEEL THEY ARE A GREAT ASSET.*
What do the children think?
My boys LOVE the Book Advent Calendar. Every morning they ask me to open another present, even when they know it is going to be a book. They also enjoy the Christmas stories as well. I say the Book Advent Calendar is a W-I-N!
Being a God fearing and Jesus loving household, we included Jesus’s birth and anything that tells the true meaning of Christmas. I also included the classic Christmas stories like Twas the Night Before Christmas, Christmas Carol, etc. I also add some character Christmas books that I knew they would like such as: Frosty, Elmo’s Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Mickey’s Clubhouse Christmas. I also got a Christmas Look & Find Bible Stories, flip up books for my youngest, and easy reader books for my son who just started reading.
Ready to add this tradition?
Are you already on your local libraries site requesting your 25 Christmas Books? Do you think this is something you will add to your Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments below or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. If your kiddos love it let me know that too.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!