12 DAYS OF BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS

 

Let all the Christmas traditions begin!!!
Last week I shared over 30 Christmas traditions to start with your family and today I wanted to dedicate an entire post to one of my very favorite traditions (can I even pick a favorite, it’s too hard to choose) the 12 Days of Books for Christmas!

If you aren’t familiar with the 12 days of books for Christmas tradition I hope to clear the confusion and answer all of your questions, even though you could probably figure it out 🙂 and let you in on one of our favorite traditions we began last year.

 

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12 DAYS OF BOOKS

WHAT IS 12 DAYS OF BOOKS??

Starting on either the 13th or 14th of December depending on whether or not you want to end on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Each evening leave a wrapped book on your doorstep, ring the doorbell, and let your kids be surprised with a new book for the next 12 days and something fun and new to read together as a family every night before bed.  I have also heard of others leaving it under the Christmas tree each night. For us, we love being able to see the excitement each time the doorbell rings for the next 12 days! (I remember last year, even in the middle of the day when the doorbell would ring, Edison would run to the door screaming “there’s a present”!)

In our family, we tell our kids our elf friends drop off the books from Santa himself!

 

WHAT BOOKS SHOULD I USE FOR THE 12 DAYS OF BOOKS?? 

–That is totally something up to you! For us, we are still building out our book collection since both of our kids are still young. So we have purchased 12 brand new books this year and last year to give to them. I picked 6 that are age appropriate for Edison and another 6 age appropriate for Lucy.

— Probably in next couple years I will slowly convert to only Christmas books. Once we get a collection of 12 Christmas books, we would simply reuse those books year after year. Bringing out all the Christmas books from storage to read all month long. Wrap them up and deliver the same way each night.

–Another option if you are wanting to start the tradition but are tight on money this year, no stress!! Simply find 12 books that your kids haven’t read in awhile and wrap them up. Anything wrapped is such an excitement for kids.

 

OTHER FUN IDEAS:

— If you have older kids, I think this idea would be so much fun to do each night for a family/friend or neighbor. Then on the last day go and deliver the last book in person as a fun surprise letting them know it was your family all along! You could even up-cycle 12 of your books that your family no longer reads that way you can save on costs

— Set an alarm on your phone each night, if you do the doorbell ditch, that way you never forget!

 

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1// Room on our Rock 

Excited about this book. I read through it once and fell in love instantly. At first I read it through and didn’t like how it ended. Little did I know you are suppose to read the book backwards and you are left with the most thoughtful message

2// Look Inside Your Body 

Really looking forward to reading this with Edison. It has so many fun tabs to learn more about the body

3// 1000 Animals 

This book is a perfect book for quiet time for kids who can’t read yet. It is mostly filled with pictures

4// Poke A Dot What’s Your Favorite Color 

This book is Lucy’s favorite. She loves being able to use her finger to poke each dot to hear a fun pop noise

5// All About Friends 

Such a good message in this book. This book also comes in a series of others similar to it.

6// Don’t Tickle The Hippo 

I can’t wait for Lucy to get her hands on this one. It is so cute and will be really easy for her to make the animal noises on the pages. Some sound books can still be hard to push the buttons. Not this one!

7// The Dinky Donkey 

Okay, we love the Wonky Donkey book so much (you can see our recent book collection HERE) that I saw this cute sequel and knew we had to get it!

8// Christmas in the Manger 

We don’t have many christmas themed books, so I knew it was finally time. Just added this one to the collection. I love that it teaches about the birth of Jesus.

9// Life-the-Flap Peek-a-Boo 

These are always a hit with Lucy.

10// Very First Book of Things To Spot Out and About 

Great for small toddlers just learning to point and spot things while reading — My friend Mini Voyager now sells a few of these books a la carte, or can be included in their Travel Kits.

11// Slide and See Animals

We have a couple of these books and this one is by far my favorite!

12// Pull Back Busy Car Book

I have wanted to get this for edsion for the last couple years. Finally did it. It is such a fun activity book

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12 days of books for Christmas |12 Days of Books by popular San Diego lifestyle blog, Navy Grace: collage image of The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas, Never Let a Unicorn meet a Reindeer, Gingerbread Baby, The Sweet Smell of Christmas, Where Jesus Slept, Sneezy the Snowman, This is the Stable, Sad Santa, The Joy of Giving, What is Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Siler Packages, I Spay Christmas, How to Catch a Yeti, How to Catch an Elf, and God Gave Us Christmas.

CHRISTMAS THEMED 12 DAYS OF BOOKS

 

13// The Polar Express

14// The Night Before Christmas

15// Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer

16// Gingerbread Baby

17// The Sweet Smell of Christmas

18// The Crayons’ Christmas

19// Where Jesus Slept

20// Sneezy the Snowman

21// This is the Stable

22// Sad Santa

23// The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

24// What is Christmas?

25// How the Grinch Stole Christmas

26//  Silver Packages

27// I Spy A Candy Cane

28// How to Catch a Yeti

29// How to Catch a Snowman

30// God Gave us Christmas

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Do you do the 12 days of books tradition?  Let me know in a comment below!

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