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The 12 Days of Christmas Books

Soon after I completed an advent calendar craft for our 3 children, a reader told me that she had seen a great advent calendar idea using books somewhere online.  A couple of days later, I happened upon this Christmas Book Advent Calendar on the blog MADE.  I loved this idea about having one wrapped Christmas book to read each day as a way to get children excited about reading.  However, since I had already made an advent calendar and we do not have 24 Christmas books, I modified the idea to create a fun Christmas activity for counting down the last 12 days of Christmas instead.

We had about 9 Christmas books in our home library, so I added 3 new ones to make a total of 12.  One of the books we already owned was The Night Before Christmas, which will be reserved for reading on Christmas Eve.  I wrapped all the books in one of two different wrapping papers, with the exception of that title, which was wrapped in a different paper to set it apart.

Starting on December 13th, one of the children will either choose a wrapped book out of the stack or reach into a bag and pull out a book blindly.  I will let them choose which they would rather do.  Then this book will be their bedtime story that night.  The children will have to take turns choosing a book in rotation each night.

Some of the books in our Christmas book collection:
If my children enjoy this activity, I will definitely repeat it next year, switching out a few of the books for new ones.  After a few years, we might actually have enough books to do an advent calendar.  Thanks for the inspiration Dana!