Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Countdown is On!

Wow, there are so many cool advent Christmas Countdowns out there like here and here! I am inspired, but I did not get one of those done this year!

There are however, two new traditions that I am excited about. One is a twist on the Advent Calendars, to countdown Christmas with Christmas books! I loved this idea when I first saw my friend Pam at Cocomama talk about this tradition. We traditionally have read the story about baby Jesus on Christmas Eve. Now we will be reading a Christmas story each night, leading up to Christmas. This should be a great incentive to get into PJ's and brush their teeth, so they can come unwrap the book for the night, snuggle on the couch, and read it together.

I found about 6 books, but know I have a few more I packed up with the decor. So, what am I going to do? Well instead of rushing out and picking up the remaining 19 books and spending all that money, I came up with another plan. Why not find books at the local library? That is exactly what we did.

Our sleigh of books...



I wrapped each book and numbered them. I plan on keeping a list of recommended Christmas books and buy a few throughout the years until I have a set of 25. If you have a favorite Christmas story would you share it with me. I'm looking forward to this countdown and building our collection of Christmas stories and memories!



First night a success! They were really excited!


Let the countdown begin!

11 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

I saw this on another blog. How fun. I totally should do this.

Pam said...

Love that you wrapped each one. I didn't wrap but we did remember to read 1 tonight.

jenjen said...

You are so cute Rhonda! I love love love that book idea. I am going to get on the bandwagon. It is wonderful!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

XOXO
Jen

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Such a great idea! We read our story tonight too. I love the idea of reading a new one every night :)

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

That is an awesome idea!! We have a basket of Christmas books that I brought out last week. What a fabulous idea to wrap them! Then it really gets them excited about reading. Great idea!

Hope you're having a great week!

And feel free to use that 1 Corinthians post! I borrowed it from someone else last year. Sorry to respond here, but my FB inbox is messing up.

MiMi said...

That's a great idea. I love stealing ideas from blogs! :)

shortmama said...

That is such a cute idea! We check out Christmas books from the library too, so we can hear different types of stories. One of our favorites is "God Gave Us Christmas".

Becca @ The Texas Darlings said...

We have a basket FULL of Christmas books- some of our favorites are: Christmas Mouse, Snowmen at Night, Christmas in the Barn, and I Believe in Santa Claus (a great book that relates Santa to the real meaning of Christmas- Jesus!!).

Have fun!

~Becca

Heather said...

What an awesome way to count down the days until Christmas! I would love a copy of your recommended list ~ maybe I'll start collecting now so I have a complete set by the time I have little ones. :o)

Elizabeth said...

Please don't think I'm crazy! I found your blog through Teresa Powell's blog. I am one of her "elves". I was just browsing around looking for new Christmas ideas. I LOVE the book idea...and your son's birthday party was just adorable. You are so creative!!

Sherry said...

great idea!!