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December’s here! You know what that means, right? It’s time to start counting down the arrival of good ol’ St. Nick. Growing up, I remember there was only one form of advent calendar…chocolate!
Now, there are so many options when it comes to how people want to count the days until Christmas arrives and we’ve purchased just about everyone possible in the past – different variations of chocolate and even select brands to give our boys a toy a day. All of these were great fun and yummy but if I’m really truthful with myself…my kids don’t need more sweets and they definitely don’t need more toys.
INTRODUCING 24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – A BOOK ADVENT CALENDAR
I’ve wrapped up 23 children’s Christmas/Winter books individually and the 24th book is wrapped in a special Night before Christmas box – before bed the boys will alternate who gets to pick which book to unwrap, we’ll snuggle up on the couch for a holiday story, I’ll kiss their little heads good night and they’ll go off to dream about Christmas morning while I go and drink some wine.
LOOKING FOR SOME HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR INSPIRATION…
THE WISH TREE by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Chris Turnham
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways.
PIP THE LITTLE PENGUIN by Roger Priddy – An Alphaprints Picture Book
Pip is a little penguin with a big imagination! Dissatisfied with being black and white, he asks his dad why he can’t be colorful, like orange orangutans, or pink flamingos, or red foxes. Through his discussion with his dad, follow Pip on his journey of discovery, meeting different animals and learning about color along the way, until he finally concludes (after meeting some pretty cool black-and-white creatures) that he’s fine just as he is.
Fox and Squirrel are getting ready for the festive season, but they can’t seem to agree on how to celebrate. It’s only when things fall apart that they realize what really matters at Christmas time: spending the time together.
MITTENS TO SHARE by Emil Sher and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
The wonder of the winter season is brought to vivid life, in this deceptively simple tale of a young girl who loses her mitten on a crisp, snowy day. Her disappointment is soon swept away when she’s back indoors looking for a new pair, exploring the colours, and textures of an overstuffed box of family mittens. Outside again with dad, she makes an even more endearing discovery that will warm the hearts of all readers.
PIPPIN THE CHRISTMAS PIG by Jean Little and illustrated by Werner Zimmerman
All the animals in the barn know about Christmas. But it takes one little pig to show them what it really means.
A heartwarming story of hope and the true Christmas spirit.
DECK THE HALLS: A CANADIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Werner Zimmerman
Join Canada’s favourite porcupine for a hilarious Christmas Eve party! Loons, beavers, moose and more appear, decorating, wrapping gifts, and of course, eating holiday goodies… until the big surprise is unveiled!
VERY CHRISTMAS by Simone Arts
When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.
THE 12 JOYS of CHRISTMAS by Thomas K, Seibold
Long after the gifts are opened, the wrapping paper discarded, the toys forgotten, it is our memories of Christmas that remain. The 12 Joys of Christmas celebrates the timeless sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of a holiday that brings families and friends together in a season of shared ideals, traditions, and lasting joys.
13 MORE HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR INSPIRATION…
- Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer
- The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan & Mike Berenstain
- Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
- A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen
- Frosty the Snowman by Diane Muldrow
- A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Shultz
- How do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas by Jane Yolen
- Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
- Corduroys’ Christmas Surprise by Don Freeman
- Santa’s Toy Shop by Al Dempster
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
This new tradition will not only allow us to spend a few extra minutes together before bed but we’ll also create some new memories the boys can cherish and possibly pass on to their own family when they’re older.
What kind of advent calendar will you be using as a countdown to Christmas?
Thank you to Raincoast Books, Smith Publicity and Scholastic Canada for providing these titles for our 24 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar.