Although I wouldn’t recommend starting this activity today with 94 days until Christmas, I wanted to share it early to give you plenty of time to get prepared!
Unwrapping — and reading — a Christmas book every day during Advent is a fun tradition that the whole family will enjoy, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s fun to add to your collection over the years, a little at a time, but you can also borrow books from the library or trade with a friend halfway through the month.
Here’s a list of books that our family either loves or has on our own wishlist because they come highly recommended:
The Reason for the Season
Reading about the reason we celebrate Christmas is an important part of our family’s Advent focus, and these are some of our favorites:
- The Parable Series: The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
- The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
- Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado
- The King’s Christmas List by Eldon Johnson
- Tell Me the Christmas Story (Board Book) by Joni Walker
- The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell
Whether the original classic or classics adapted for children, these favorites have been enjoyed for generations:
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
- The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard
- Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Treasury by Louisa May Alcott
- The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers
Just for Fun
We love to read about our favorite characters at Christmas time, and Fancy Nancy, Llama Llama and Madeline never disappoint:
- Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
- Dream Snow by Eric Carle
- Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
- Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
I’d love to hear about your family’s favorite Christmas stories in the comments as well!
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