We do many things to stretch the Christmas joy in to as many days as possible. This year we put our tree up in the middle of August. My Christmas shopping and wrapping was done before October started. We always do many crafts and listen to Christmas songs for months beforehand. And my favorite tradition is our advent calendars.
We keep one digital one on my phone that we check in on throughout the year and when December begins it gives us a song to listen to, an activity to do, or a new phone background to use each day of the month leading to Christmas.
Pepper also usually has an advent calendar that includes toys. Some years I craft one and some years I buy a premade one. This year she chose Lego Friends so she gets to make a small Christmas themed Lego object each day.
We also have a joint one this year and it is an advent coloring book, with one page to color each day from December 1st until Christmas Eve.
This year I really wanted a book advent calendar, but I didn’t need 24 more new books on my shelves and didn’t have that in my budget either. Instead I decided to put in all of the Christmas themed books I own, a few read, most unread, and then bought 3 books to fill my basket with 12 Christmas themed books. That gives me two days to read each book which seems more reasonable. On the in between days I printed bookmarks to color with the kiddo and then laminate so we will have more bookmarks to add to our extensive collections.
These are the twelve books that I hope to read in December, from my Christmas countdown this year.
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
Homespun Christmas by Colleen L Reece and Janelle Burnham Schneider
Tree of Treasures by Bonnie Mackay
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
A Christmas to Remember by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer
1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
Yule Be Sorry by Kim M Watt
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
Of these I am most excited to read In a Holidaze, Tree of Treasures, and the Boy Who Saved Christmas series. I read the first one last year and have the other two to read for the first time this year. Do you have any holiday reads planned?