Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Book Advent

      I have finished collecting books for Owen's Christmas Book Advent Calendar. I began buying books in October and with the help of some of our family members, I was able to easily collect twenty-four books over the past month. I used a mixture of Christian and secular Christmas books and some that were just winter-themed. 
      I saw this idea on Pinterest last year and thought that it seemed like a cute idea. Now that I have a toddler who loves reading, I just know that it is the perfect idea for us to count down the days until Christmas. I can't wait until Saturday!
      I have wrapped all the books, labeled them with numbers and placed them in a basket. Starting on December 1, Owen will unwrap one book per day until Christmas. I may even plan some activities to do with Owen that relate to certain books and we may watch a movie or two based on the books (like the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas). After Owen unwraps them, I will store the books in a basket so that we can read them again and again throughout the holiday season. 
       Here's the order that Owen will be unwrapping his books this year. That way, if you contributed to our Christmas Book Advent activity, you will know the exact day that Owen will be unwrapping and reading the book(s) you gave him. 

Dec. 1: "Stable in Bethlehem" by Joy N. Hulme.

Dec. 2: "The Littlest Angel" by Charles Tazewell

Dec. 3: "One Christmas Night" by M. Christina Butler

Dec. 4: "The Christmas Baby" by Marion Dane Bauer. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 5: "If You Take A Mouse to the Movies" by Laura Rumeroff.

Dec. 6: "Room for a Little One" by Martin Waddell. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 7: "Dream Snow" by Eric Carle. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 8: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss.

Dec. 9: "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 10: "Christmas in the Manger" by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond.

Dec. 11: "You Are My Miracle" by Maryann Cusimano.

Dec. 12: "God Gave Us Christmas" by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

Dec. 13: "The Mitten" by Jan Brett (Mine from childhood)

Dec. 14: "Away in a Manger" by Sarah Hayes (mine from childhood)

Dec. 15: "The Polar Express" by Chris Allsburg. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 16: "Snowmen at Christmas" by Caralyn Buehner. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 17: "Who is Coming to Our House" by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 18: "The Christmas Quiet Book" by Deborah Underwood

Dec. 19: "Song of the Stars" by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Given to us by my mom)
Dec. 20: "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" by Karma Wilson

Dec. 21: "Charlie and the Christmas Kitty" by Ree Drummond (Given to us by my Aunt Twyla)

Dec. 22: "The Christmas Story" by Patricia Pingry (Given to us last year by Tim's mom)

Dec. 23: "Mortimer's Christmas Manger" by Karma Wilson.

Dec. 24: "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for including THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK in your Advent selection. I hope Owen likes it! You mentioned book-related activities, so I wanted to make sure you know about the Christmas Quiet Activity Kit, which you can download here under the "Fun" tab:

    There are ornaments to make, a holiday card, etc., all with Renata Liwska's wonderful art. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!