Last year we started a new Advent book calendar tradition at our house – we count down the days using books. Since my son shares my love for books, this is a perfect family tradition for us. I wrapped up enough Christmas themed books for each day of Advent, and he gets to open one a day and we read it together. There is no particular order to the books, so we read whichever one he picks to open.
This is a fun tradition, and it’s also a great way to build our library of Christmas books. Most of the books we use are Christmas books, but there are a few snowmen/winter books too. Last year, I bought a few new books to have enough for a book a day. This year, I bought a few more. We are continuing to grow our collection. I reuse books, so there is no need to buy a bunch of books each year. I plan to add in a few new ones each year.
One of the things my son loves about this is that he gets to unwrap a gift every day. He is 4-years-old, so at the perfect age for wanting to open all the presents. He loves being read to, and I love reading to my little guy. I’m so happy we started this tradition, and hope we get to continue it for many years.
We have a variety of books this year. Some of my son’s favorites right now are Frosty the Snowman, Snowmen at Night, and The Gingerbread Pirates. He’s really into snowmen, so we have several books them.
5 Books for Your Advent Book Calendar
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty
- An Otis Christmas by Loren Long
If your family is looking for a new Christmas tradition, I recommend doing an Advent book calendar. As book lovers, this is a wonderful tradition for our family. We have so much fun reading Christmas stories together each day.