It’s so much fun creating new family traditions!!
Growing up, my sisters and I loved our Christmas countdown calendar, and I’m enjoying creating something (or more than one thing) each year to help my little ones anticipate the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
My hubby is a librarian. I am a writer. Books are kind of a thing in our house. ;)
This new tradition – wrapping Christmas books to open each day – is definitely not an original idea, and I’ve seen it several other places already this season, but I want to share a bit about how we’re doing it frugally and taking the time to make it especially meaningful.
Each year since my oldest was born, I’ve purchased or acquired at least one Christmas/Winter book and kept them apart from our every day books until the Christmas season.
Now that I have three children and all of them love story time, I want to increase our Christmas book collection with the goal of eventually having 25 meaningful, high quality, Christmas picture books to wrap and open each year for the days in December leading up to Christmas.
All year long this year I kept my eyes open at shops and during book sales for Christmas books and we’re up to 11 now! One of them is a great Usborne book that has a punch-out Nativity set in it that we started reading today! The other 10 are wrapped and waiting for December 15th.
I plan to purchase a few new ones each year and weed out the books that I don’t really want to keep forever (um… Cheerios Christmas?) one at a time until we reach our goal. I like the idea of anticipating Christmas all year by hunting for great books without breaking the bank, and then saving them for this special season. :)
What are your family holiday traditions? Are you looking for ideas for more?
A group of us bloggers have come together this week for the Inspired Holiday Hop to blog about the various ways we celebrate the holidays.
Please visit the participating blogs and if you blog, you can link up any of your own December posts below!
- Paradise Praises – Christmas Eve Gifts
- Campfires and Cleats – Jesse Tree Traditions and Resources to Start your Own
- Afterschool for Smarty Pants – Christmas traditions for secular families
- Wendy Woerner – How to Make the Holidays Special When You Live Far Away from Family
- Homemaking With Heart – Celebrating Advent with a Jesse Tree
- He Married Me For My Cooking – Cinnamon Rolls and Christmas Morning Breakfast
- Raising Soldiers 4 Christ – Christmas Round Up
- Apron Strings & other things – Family Traditions
- Abundant Life – Traditions for Focusing on the True Meaning of Christmas
- Grace-Filled-Moments – Christmas Traditions
- Homeschooling Adventurez – Family Christmas- Inspired Traditions
- Raising the Barrs – A Christmas Book a Day
- Psychowith6 – Are You Celebrating Christmas the Right Way?
- GeorgeTown, MN – Baking Jesus a Birthday Cake
- Education Possible – Holidays Around the World: Italy
- Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes – Elf on the Shelf Jesus Style
- Meet Penny – Santa Math & LIteracy Activity Pack