We are big-time lovers of Christmas and all things festive around here, so naturally, I’m always looking for fun ideas for my girls to do during the month of December. This year, we’re doing an advent calendar filled with experiences and activities, rather than one filled with cheap chocolates that we don’t need (sorry, y’all – I know we all love those, too!). One other big activity that I’m implementing this year is the 25 Books of Christmas – which means we’ll read one holiday-themed book each night before bed in December.
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Finding 25 Christmas Books
I’m sure most people have at least a few Christmas books lying around already – so take a quick inventory to see what you have. We had about 6 or 7 books that we’ve collected over the past couple of years, so I needed to find 18 or 19 more. Sound intimidating? A little. But I pulled all of this together in a few hours – and now I’m going to share my ideas to make it even more simple for you! Don’t want to drop a ton of money on this? You don’t have to!
- Use eBay – I actually purchased a majority of these books secondhand from eBay, rather than purchasing new. My girls are pretty rough on books anyways, so why spend so much on something that’s probably going to get ripped or bent within days?
- Visit the Library – We actually just joined our local library after living here for nearly two years. Not sure why we waited so long! But ours has a ton of holiday options, so I bet yours will, too. You can simply check out several days or even a week or two’s worth of Christmas books at a time and you’ll be all set.
Once you have your books, you can add an extra layer of fun to this activity by gift-wrapping each book and numbering each one from 1-24. Note: I have The Night Before Christmas slated for December 24th, of course, so I’ll leave that book out of the lineup – thus, only 24 numbers. Then, write numbers 1-24 on pieces of paper and place into a jar or bowl. Each day/night, have your kid(s) draw one piece of paper, let them open the “gift” that corresponds with the number they selected and read that book.
25 Books of Christmas Ideas
Below, I’m going to share the 25 books we’ll be reading this holiday season!
- Merry Christmas, Curious George
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
- Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise
- Llama Llama Jingle Bells
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
- Olive, the Other Reindeer
- Clifford’s First Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas
- Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift
- Thomas’ Christmas Delivery
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Arthur’s Perfect Christmas
- The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
- God Gave Us Christmas
- Clifford’s Christmas
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Donald’s Christmas Gift
- The Polar Express
- Disney’s Christmas Storybook Collection (Disney Storybook Collections)
- Frosty the Snowman
- The Story of Christmas
- Merry Christmas, Eloise!
- Elmo’s Night Before Christmas
- Merry Christmas, Daniel Tiger!