Sunday, December 1, 2013

Count Down To Christmas: Book Advent

I am soooo excited to do this with the kids this year.  I've seen the Christmas book advents in blogland over the last few years and every year, I say I'm gonna do it.  Then the first of December comes and goes and I've blown it.  Not this year!

The kids already had quite a few Christmas books.  They've received them over the years from neighbors and friends.  But I still needed more, and there was no way we could afford to get them at a bookstore. Those suckers are at least $15 bucks a pop right now.

So I hit up Goodwill.  You guys, they had three entire shelves full of Christmas books.  It was like winning the lottery.  I got all giddy when I saw them.  Then I proceeded to plop down on the floor, yes in Goodwill, and scan through every single one of them.  I bought one that was $2.99 and one that was $1.99, but the rest were .99 cents!!!  Deal of the day.  And they're nice books.  A couple of them are paperback, but most of the ones I brought home are hardcover books.  So awesome.

So I wrapped them all up, (yeah, that part took a minute), numbered them from 24 to 1 on a brown paper bag cut into circles with a Sharpie, ('Twas The Night Before Christmas will be read on Christmas Eve, of course),  put them in a basket I already had, and voila. Christmas Book Advent.

Did I mention I'm excited?  I was thinking about the kids being older, and having favorites, and looking forward to opening them, and trying to guess which one is the one they love them most. Eeeeeee.  So fun.

As I was wrapping them, I was thinking, there's no reason you'd have to do Christmas books.  If your house is like ours, you have books coming out your ears. Between the three kids, we have a ton of books, and there are some we haven't read in a long time.  You could just pick 24 and wrap them up.  Make old books new again!  No frenzied trip to every thrift shop in town, looking for ONE MORE CHRISTMAS BOOK.  You don't even have to leave the house.  And you can read books every night under the tree with the kids.  I can't wait.

I brought the basket down from the attic and we'll read our first one tonight.
So fun.

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  1. This is awesome!!!! I just love it friend!!! And holy cow why did I not think of stopping at Good Will or Savers...that is brilliant!!!!!! I would sit down right there too!!! Well done and I think you know where I will be heading tomorrow!!!!

  2. When my girls were young I always just wrapped up and numbered 25 Christmas books and videos that we already owned -- that way we made "space" to re-read and re-watch all of our favorites each year.

  3. What an excellent idea--anything that has to do with kids and reading is fantastic, plus it's going to be a lot of fun!

  4. What a great idea! And what lovely memories for your children!

  5. Goodwill is the greatest place for cheap books - love this idea! I'm moving slowly into Christmas and haven't started anything - ugh - must get with the program

  6. I can't believe I haven't seen this on Pinterest. What an awesome idea. I love it.

  7. Ughhhhh!!! I dropped the ball again this year. Love that they had a section of just Christmas books. Great idea!


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