We absolutely love reading books to P. Between the collection I had from working at Toys R Us when I was younger, and my Mom and Sister asking everyone who came to my shower to bring one, he had more books than I could count before he was even born. I still am not sure what I have more fun doing, sitting on the floor of 2nd & Charles looking through books, or reading them to him!
I found an idea on Pinterest, go figure, originally sourced from here. You take 24 books and wrap each of them to put under the tree. Each night, one book gets opened and read before bed. Just for clarification, you use the same books over again each year. Since they are only read once a year, it will take awhile for them to get old. You can also switch out the books as kids grow up. Since P is still a little young, I decided not to wrap them this year but plan to starting next year.
We already had these books:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
If You Take A Mouse To The Movies
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty The Snowman
These were the ones I found at 2nd & Charles. It worked out great because they were doing a buy 5 get 5 free on children’s books. I chose books with big bold pictures and pop-up books to attract P’s attention.
The Little Mouse’s Christmas
The Happy Snowman
Santa’s Toy Shop
Who’s Getting Ready For Christmas
Penguin And The Mystery Footprints
Jingle Bells ~ Christmas Sing Along Book
I Spy Little Christmas
The 12 Bugs of Christmas
The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree (Golden Book)
Annabelle’s Wish (Golden Book)
The Cat That Climbed The Christmas Tree (Golden Book)
Let’s Get Ready for Christmas
Holly Jolly Christmas
Christmas Rhyme Time
Getting Ready For Christmas
Save The Reindeer
Little People from Fisher Price ~ Christmas Is Here
Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels the World
You maybe asking yourself, “why 25 books and not 24?” A tradition that my parents have done with me since I was born (and my Sissy after that) was for my Dad to read The Night Before Christmas. Even when I was on Vegas Christmas 2005 and in DC working Christmas of 2010, I was on the phone listening to him read it to us. The first time I was not home for it, he sent me my own copy so I could follow along. He picked the perfect one for me as Mary Engelbreit’s illustrations are amazing! So that is book number 24.
In December 2010, Rob and I went to a Military Holiday Concert and a solider read The Soldiers Night Before Christmas. I am sure it came as no surprise to him when he opened it Christmas Eve with a note that said, “to read to your children on Christmas Eve someday”. This makes book number 25.