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