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Posted on 01 December 2010Post by Joy
From Michele of Michele Calderon Photography:
My favorite is one we’ve done since my kids were little. Every year, I wrap 24 Christmas books and put them in a basket, and each night during December, one of the kids opens one before bed and we read it. When we first started, I didn’t have 24 books, so we borrowed from the library. (Since they were holiday books, they could only be out for 2 weeks, so they got special “open me first” wrapping paper LOL!) But now we have more than enough……and the kids (ages 9, 12, and 14) still really look forward to it – they won’t even let me get rid of the old board and pop up books!
After New Year’s, the books get packed away in the attic, so they really only see these during December.
I’ll wrap them Tuesday or Wednesday while they are at school, and get them all arranged in their special basket in the living room. I can’t wait!
Here is Michele’s book list:
1) Santa’s Reindeer – Rod Green (one of my favorites. Long!)
2) Voices of Christmas – Nikki Grimes (the Nativity as told from different viewpoints – the Innkeeper, Herod, etc)
3) Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer (MY Little Golden Book from when I was little.)
4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
5) Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas – Cynthia Rylant
6) The Nativity – Six Glorious Pop Up Scenes – Francesca Crespi
7) A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (picture book format, illustrated by Brett Helquist)
8) The Bears Christmas – Stan and Jan Berenstain
9) Christmas Day in the Morning – Pearl S. Buck (another favorite, but a bit sad.)
10) The Nutcracker – photographed and told by Joel Meyerowitz With CD of the Philharmonic Orchestra. (I’d like to ditch this one – it’s super long, but Sophie’s favorite, sigh.)
11) An Orange for Frankie – Patricia Polacco (love this one – great sibling story.)
12) Winter’s Gift – Jane Monroe Donovan
13) Sleds on Boston Common – a Story from the American Revolution (not really a Christmas book but set right before Christmas. Zach used to be an Am Rev buff.)
14) Snowmen at Christmas – Carolyn Buehner
15) Who is Coming to Our House – Joseph Slate
16) Christmas Farm – Mary Lyn Ray (a boy and his elderly neighbor start a tree farm.)
17) The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear – Stan and Jan Berenstain
18) Polly’s Christmas Present - Wonder Books (another old, yellowed one of mine.)
19) The Nutcracker – a Magical Pop-up Adventure – Nick Denchfield
20) Christmas in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder
21) Angela and the Baby Jesus – Frank McCourt
22) B is for Bethlehem – Isabel Wilner
23) The Night Before Christmas – Clement Moore, the version with a CD by Peter Paul and Mary (new for us this year so the kids haven’t seen it yet.)
24) These 3 are baby books that the kids don’t want to get rid of. They’re wrapped together as one.
The Christmas Baby – Jenny Press
Baby’s First Nativity - Reader’s Digest Children’s Books
This is the Stable – Cynthia Cotten
Many of our books were chosen from reading the Chinaberry catalog. My favorite source for children’s books – you can get lost for hours in their detailed catalog. www.chinaberry.com. You’d love it!
Not long after Michele contacted me, Katie emailed this link for the same traditions and it shows ideas on how to do it as well as book recommendations!
Thank you Michele, this will be a new tradition for us THIS year. We LOVE books too and this fantastic idea of a tradition and couldn’t wait to start next year so I ordered some last night :)
Do you have favorite Christmas traditions? If you’d like to participate on here, let me know! I’ll be posting throughout December.
Posted in Children's Books,Fun,Holidays,Special Occasions,Traditions
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