Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Reads

Earlier this fall, I pinned that thing on Pinterest where you wrap up Christmas books for each day and then open one a day to read. Well, I love books, so I thought that would be the perfect thing for my girls to enjoy during the season of Advent... all in the spirit of waiting for the wonderfulness...

Well, I couldn't handle it. I like to read The Night Before Christmas EVERY night... Mostly because Addison can read it to me, and I wanted to have the Jingle Bells book out so that I can teach her to play it on her keyboard, and I like to read as many books as the girls will let me read to them at night. Bottom line--I couldn't handle the waiting... Maybe next year.

These are some of my favorite classics. Some of these are mine from childhood. Others I have picked up at specialty books shops along the way.

#1. The Sweet Smell of Christmas:
This scratch and sniff book was mine when I was a little girl, and it STILL smells. It is Addison's favorite.

#2. Over the River and Through the Woods
While technically it is about Thanksgiving, it has that lovely wintery feel that can take you through all of the holiday season.

#3 The Doll's Christmas

This is my new favorite of this season, and I look forward to having these celebrations with my girls when Addison and Ansley are old enough to have friends over for a party like this.

We are also enjoying reading about Jesus's birth every night. We sing "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" as we read. Addison gets the giggles and requests me to sing it opera style. :) Even though we have good fun, I don't think the meaning is lost.

What a special opportunity to experience Christmas with little children. I am so glad that even when I outed my parents all those years ago, my mom continued to teach me about the magic of Christmas. Any other good book recommendations?


April said...

Do you have "J is for Jesus"? That's one of Carter's favorites :)

Haley said...

I love the Tasha Tudor books! We have the Easter tale that she wrote and I love it - the illustrations are so sweet. I just ordered several books on Amazon including Llama Llama Holiday Drama, haha!
One that I loved growing up was "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree." Mom read it to us every year and it's a neat story. Your girls will love it.