One of my very favorite holiday traditions in our home is unwrapping a book every day in December to count down to Christmas.
We’ve been doing it for several years now, and we’ve finally amassed a big enough collection of our own Christmas picture books that we don’t have to get anything from the library, unless we just want to. Not all of these books are from a Biblical perspective, but they’re all wholesome, lovely stories that encourage generosity and kindness. Some do include Santa, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of good stories here that don’t.
We find a few new favorites to add each year, so I thought I’d share with you the list of books we’re reading this year, in case you want to add any to your own list.
Dec 1: A Christmas Carol // Brett Helquist
Dec 2: Gingerbread Baby // Jan Brett
Dec 3: Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story // Sally Lloyd-Jones
Dec 4: Christmas Trolls // Jan Brett
Dec 5: Stick Man // Julia Donaldson
Dec 6: How the Grinch Stole Christmas // Dr. Seuss
Dec 7: The Christmnas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey // Susan Wojciechowski
Dec 8: Polar Express // Chris Van Allsburg (The version we have came with the audiobook, which is read by Liam Neeson, and it is fantastic.)
Dec 9: Our plan was to read The Bears’ Christmas, but the boys opened it this morning (whoops!) because they couldn’t tell the six and nine apart. We went ahead and read it. I have The Baker’s Dozen ready to pick up at the library, so I’ll go by and get it today or tomorrow and read that on Saturday instead.
Dec 10: The Tale of Three Trees // Angela Elwell Hunt
Dec 11: The Legend of the Candy Cane // Lori Walburg
Dec 12: The Wild Christmas Reindeer // Jan Brett
Dec 13: Humphrey’s First Christmas // Carol Heyer
Dec 14: The Nutcracker // Ronald Kidd
Dec 15: Merry Christmas, Curious George // H. A. Rey and Catherine Hapka
Dec 16: The Last Christmas Tree // Stephen Krensky
Dec 17: The Night of Las Posadas // Tomie dePaola
Dec 18: Christmas in the Big Woods // Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dec 19: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Peanuts) // Charles Shulz
Dec 20: Cock-A-Doodle Christmas! // Will Hillenbrand
Dec 21: Bear Stays Up for Christmas // Karma Wilson
Dec 23: The Crippled Lamb // Max Lucado
The list only goes through the 23rd, because that’s when we’ll be opening presents as a family, before we head home for a few days to spend the holidays with our extended family. We can’t wait.
I hope you enjoy this list of books – these are some of our very favorite stories to share this time of year. Happy reading!
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