This would be a fun tradition to start and a great way to countdown to Christmas! It is a great option that doesn’t include candy or toys, but time together, memory making and a learning experience!
Reading as a family (and individually) is important to us and this is just another fun way to incorporate it naturally!
The way to do this is by collecting books around your home (to save money) and perhaps some that have been on the bookshelf a while, include some Christmas themed books, and wrap them up (even in newspaper) and stick them under the tree! You can number them if you desire to read them in a certain order, or just let the kids pick and unwrap a present each night and read the book aloud to them.
We have so many books, that our kids forget that we already own these books and it is a newish thing to them! But I have also gone to the dollar store and grabbed 2-3 new books to add to the mix as well. We also have some Christmas books that really don’t get read, except this time of year…..including some old, traditional books given to us by a great aunt that are kept up high on the parents’ book shelf all year. This is a great time for us to get these out as well!
What a fun way to countdown to Christmas! You can start on day #1 of December, or you can do a 12 days of Christmas, or you can start today and countdown from this point. It really doesn’t matter, but what is important is time together and reading aloud to kids in a new and exciting way than normal!
What do you think of this idea?