Children’s Christmas Book Countdown (1-10)

Each December, for the last 3 years, my kids and I read a children’s book every day leading up until Christmas, and we do an activity that correlates with our book.  I know a ton of people do something similar to this, and I think I just originally gathered ideas from all of those Christmas advent ideas out there and smooshed them all together.  It’s a way to make sure that I don’t forget to do those fun Christmas traditions that I remember doing when I was growing up, and a way to start a new tradition of our own.
So, I wrap 24 different books, or Christmas stories that I have collected through the years.  Each day, one of my kids gets to unwrap the book, we sit together and read it by the light of the Christmas tree.
 After that, we go pick our treat out of our advent tree (that I obviously knocked off from Pottery Barn Kids) and along with their little dollar store goody, there is a paper inside, revealing the activity for the day.
When we first started this tradition, I didn’t have 24 different Christmas books that i LOVED…I had a few goodies, but mostly filled in the gaps with  my husband’s old golden books.  Slowly, I’m collecting the goodies that I desperately want.  I almost have 24 keepers that will never change!  In the mean time, I thought it would be fun to give your our reading list, and possibly our activities each week.  We will be visiting family for the holidays, so I only filled up our activities for 17 days this year, and I certainly won’t be dragging 17 more books on the airplane with us, so this year, it’s short, but I’ll be sure to give you our 2011 list of 24 or our favorite Christmas stories from our home.  {my fav’s are bold!}
December 1st: The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V Aebersold and Chanda A. Bell
    –Our Elf, Jingle, appeared this morning, and we made and decorated Holiday Sugar Cookies
December 2nd: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor
   –We decorated our Christmas tree (the kids have been begging me to do this…I made them wait!
December 3rd: The Longest Christmas List Ever by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis
   –We wrote our Letters to Santa Claus!
December 4th: Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer
   –Play with the Nativity together (we also have a stuffed camel and blanket to play with this day)
December 5th: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
   –California Snowball fight (we have a marshmallow war with our marshmallow shooeters)
December 6th: The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
   –Make Gingerbread (Those applesauce/Cinnamon) Ornaments for the Christmas tree
December 7th: Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
   –Visit the Horse Stables
December 8th: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
   –Make Grinch Poop cookies (chocolate chip cookies with Green MnM’s
December 9th: Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh
   –Make Reindeer Headbands with construction paper, handprints and red pom poms
December 10th: The Last Straw by Fredrick H. Thury
   –Act of Service (we like to make and take our neightbor gifts this day)
Stay tuned for more fun books to maybe add to your Christmas repertoire!