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advent-books.jpgI read about this very special advent calendar on this blog I have been following daily for over two years. Jen is a mother of 4 (a set of triplets plus 1) and she very often amazes me with her enthusiasm, attention and creativity. She has a collection of 24 children books with Christmas related stories and at the beginning of December she wraps them all up and places them in a basket. Every night (until Christmas) one of the children picks a book and she reads it to them before bed. Once the holiday season is over the books are stored away, so that the following year they will be very new and special once again. It’s of course an ongoing project as children will “outgrow” some of the stories, so she plans to substitute one or more of the books from the collection every year.
I find this idea so sweet and special.  It’s too late to replicate one in my family this year… but I’ll start buying some more Christmas books now (possibly in the Holiday section of our Bookshop)!

-Michela


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Francesca
December 16, 2008

What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. My daughter is too young now, but we will definitely be adding this as a family tradition in a couple of years. Also a great idea for the classroom… I wish I had known about it when I was still teaching!


Courtney
December 16, 2008

Such a cute idea!! A good way to give special attention to each book.


Esther
December 16, 2008

I love this idea too! You do need a lot of Christmas books though – better start collecting asap!


December 17, 2008

I LOVE this idea. Anything to do with books, I’m a sucker for. And so much better for the little ones than chocolates. Plus, I love reading the Christmas stories too.


December 17, 2008

I love this idea because it justifies getting rid of the christmas books off the shelf for the rest of the year. generally i don’t like christmas books, but sort of felt obliged to have a few and this solves the dilemma. thanks.


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Lynne
December 17, 2008

I love this post and I have just ordered even MORE books for my children after looking at your bookstore on Amazon.. I also have some recommendations you may wish to consider (not all seasonal) :-

The Story of the Snow Children – Sibylle von Olfers
The Little Engine that Could – Watty Piper
The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton
The Night Pirates – Peter Harris
The Magic Paintbrush – Julia Donaldson
I Took The Moon For a Walk – Alison Jay
The Flower Fairies – Cicely Mary Barker
any book by Elsa Beskow


Esther
December 18, 2008

Thank you Lynne, for all these great suggestions! You will definetely see some of them back in our bookshop! 🙂
I love ‘The Little House’ – can’t believe we forgot that one!


Kim
December 18, 2008

That is such a lovely idea, I guess as my son is now going to school (we are Jewish) and is suddenly all into Christmas (why don’t we have a Christmas tree, does father Christmas come to our house too?? – a these difficult questions to deal with), I guess I can do this next year, just have to start a collection of Christmas books.
xxxKim


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