|SO MUCH FUN!|
|I don't really get it but I like the shiny lights!|
A book Advent Calendar! The concept is simple. I found 24 holiday books, wrapped them all, and every day the kids get to open and read one.
Both big kids are SO into books right now so this works perfectly. And it fits in really well with the 1000 Books by Kindergarten that my daughter is working on. Wins all around. I tried find a variety of books telling a wide range of holiday stories. Really cover all of our bases with this Christmas thing. I have both secular and religious stories, a few licensed things (cars Christmas? really?), and the major holiday classics like the Grinch. I used the hive mind of twitter and my librarian friend for recommendations to fill out the rest - which lead to some great discoveries like Night Tree and Olive, the Other Reindeer.
To keep the cost down I used quite a few books that we already had. Over half were from my very own attic. The kids haven't seen them in a year and presented this way they become new again!
I laid out the order of the books for Maximum Holiday Awesome. So they will receive the Polar Express the day before we watch the movie. And my daughter will open Angelina Ballerina and The Nutcracker Story leading up to seeing the Nutcracker at Ohio Dance Theater. All of it ends with the big finale which Matt will read on Christmas Eve:
Here's the books I'm using broken down week by week:
Overall I think I have a pretty well balanced and awesome collection assembled - one that they will enjoy for years! Yay Books!
|Bonus Picture - my grandparents reading the kids How the Grinch Stole Christmas.|