Christmas Book Advent Calendar

By Melessa

Here is a super fun way to have 25 presents wrapped under the tree that your kids can open starting December 1.

For years, my family has had a tradition of reading Christmas stories by the tree each night as we counted down to Christmas day.

I wrap 25 books that we already have and place them under the tree starting December 1.  Each night the kids can pick whichever one they want to open.  It’s such a beautiful bonding moment for everyone.  It’s also a great opportunity for your kids to read to you (if the book is at their level) or to their younger siblings.  If there is a very special book that you want to read on a certain date, simply mark it with a special tag that says, “Open on Dec 25.”  You can also number each book in a particular order too.

If you don’t have 25 holiday stories, you can find stories online and download them, then wrap them in a box.  You can also go to your local library and find some holiday books there to wrap.  Or you can check out our list below and buy one or two to start a collection.

Warning!! There are a few of these books below that still bring me to tears each year as I read them to my kids!




What traditions do you do to count down the holidays?  We want to know in the comments below!


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  • Anonymous
    November 29, 2016 at 6:38 am

    I love this idea!

    • Laura and Melessa
      November 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

      It really is a tender way of bonding with your kids around the tree each night.

  • Lillian Soza
    November 29, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I love the book idea! I think I’ll do it for the 12 days of Christmas this year.
    We did an advent calendar last year with either a scripture story, verse, or part of a service project of making a gift for some of our neighbors. And of course a piece of candy!

  • Allison T.
    November 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I have always loved this idea and will be heading to the library this evening!

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