Advent Calendar for Book Lovers
Have you ever heard of an Advent calendar for book lovers? It’s so simple and yet so fun, and a perfect way to incorporate read-aloud time into your family’s holiday traditions.
Here’s How It Works
Gather enough books to count down to Christmas. If you start on the first day of Advent (this year, that’s Sunday, December 3), you’ll need 22 books.
You can use my library list to gather books from the library or use this holiday activity as an excuse to build up your own library of great Christmas books. Wrap each book, and if you’d like, add a number tag to each one so your children will know which book to open each day.
Display the wrapped books under the tree, on a shelf, or in a basket.
Each day of Advent, have your children open one of the wrapped books to read together as a family.
Perhaps this is the year you’d like to start a new reading tradition in your household. Grab a cup of cocoa, a warm, snuggly blanket, and some kids, and get started with some beautiful Christmas books!
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Does your family have any favorite holiday book traditions? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Holiday Book Traditions Shared by Our Readers
- We like to use a mix of books and movies!! – shared by Angela
- We live in a warm climate so we go outdoors to read our books every day . – shared by Cheryl
- Our Advent book tradition is to read The Advent Book by Jack and Kathy Stockman. – shared by Danielle
- We wrap a new book for each child to deposit on their beds after they fall asleep on Christmas Eve. – shared by Heather
- We have a collection of Christmas books that come out during Advent and stay in a special basket. – shared by Danielle
- I re-wrap our books before I store them for the next year. It makes it so much easier to just pull out and go! – shared by Beth
- We have a lot of Christmas books. I don’t wrap them, but leave them under the tree for the kids to choose for anytime reading. – shared by Kelsy
- We did this two years in a row, but I got lazy. Now we just have a basket of Christmas books under the tree and we read at least one a day for the Christmas season. – shared by Jessica L.
- Every Christmas our family reads each night from the Jesus Storybook Bible. As soon as dinner is over, we read a chapter and put a corresponding ornament on a little tree. – shared by Annette
- We started a “12 Days of Christmas” tradition this year and will have a different theme for 12 days. We have books to read, crafts/coloring pages and sometimes movies or special foods on these days. – shared by Meggen L.
- Every night at dinner, we light our advent wreath’s candle and read one (or more!) of our books. – shared by Elizabeth