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Christmas Book Countdown {Christmas Ideas}

Over the past nine years of Christmases we have accumulated many lovely Christmas storybooks for our boys.  From board books to several versions of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas we have more than 25 various titles.  Somewhere along the line I learned of the idea to wrap each book and place them under the tree.  Beginning December 1st, one book is chosen and unwrapped and becomes the bedtime story for that night.

The first two years I tried this I had a terrible time trying to get them all wrapped before December 1st.   Just locating them and gathering them together was one year's accomplishment.  Finally, last year it dawned on me to wrap them all before I returned them  to the attic with the rest of the Christmas decorations.  As I wrapped them I also numbered them from favorites first to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas last. 

This year they are already under the tree.  It makes the tree look finished and works sort of like an Advent Calendar in the counting down toward Christmas Day.  If you don't have enough books to wrap you could also wrap any Christmas DVDs or even special ornaments that could be unwrapped and added to the tree one by one throughout the month in addition to the storybooks.
Even if you don't have time to wrap them all, just hide them away in a box and pull one out randomly each day.  We have found this tradition to be one that makes each book a more memorable moment of the holiday season ~ especially if you have stories that reflect the true meaning of the season ~ the birth of Jesus our Lord and Savior.   I hope you are inspired to try a version of this yourself!

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  1. Got your message and included the link to this blog ;D Thanks for the heads up!!

  2. Great Wily - thanks again for the award!

  3. Love this idea!!

    Would LOVE it if you could share this on my link party at

    Natasha xxx

  4. LOVE this idea Misty! Thank you so much for sharing it last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)


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