Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today is our first day of Christmas break. The kids are home and we are ready to celebrate! As a result, I will be taking a short break from the blog to more fully enjoy the time with my family and try to make a dent in my TBR pile (Probably not going to happen, but a reader can always try. There are just too many good books out there I want to get to!). I can’t wait to see you in the New Year, to share more books and encourage young readers.

Books Make the Best Stocking Stuffers

We are in the final week of the Christmas season. If you are still in the market for a few stocking stuffers, I am of the opinion that books make excellent stuffers. When it comes to choosing a book to place in your children’s Christmas stocking, we can all agree that size is an issue. With that in mind, below are five recommendations that won’t completely stuff their stockings, but will add some fun and holiday cheer. 

Reading Together at Christmastime

I remember my mom reading Christmas stories to our family when I was young. I remember the tree and the fire in the fireplace and hearing The Gift of the Magi for the first time. I don't know how often she read out loud to us at Christmas, but I know it was enough to remember and to inspire in me a desire to create the same kind of memories for my own kids. 

If you have never read out loud to your kids before (as in gather all the ages to sit in a room together where they listen to you read a story often without pictures), December is a great time to start.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become a holiday tradition at our house. I look forward to reading it out loud to our kids every year. And every year, I find myself crying over the final pages as the Herdmans experience the Christmas story for the first time and share it in a new and profound way with everyone listening in. Far from ruining the pageant, the Herdmans truly make it the best Christmas pageant ever.

My favorite Christmas Picture Books

Every year around Thanksgiving, I pull a basket filled with books out of my closet. The books are our collection of Christmas stories and picture books that are only made available to read once a year. Most of the books are classics; their titles wouldn’t surprise you, but each one is special and hints at its own kind of Christmas magic. It brings me joy to see my kids sit next to this box throughout the Christmas season reading one of it’s treasures. 

Out of our current Christmas picture book collection, below is a list of my five favorites (most classic, one new) along with the kind of magic they inspire. 

A List to Make this Advent Season More Meaningful

I don’t know how you feel going into the Holiday season. I don’t want to add one more thing to your already full lists. But, if the practice of Advent is something you would like to introduce into your Christmas season, or if you already practice but are looking for additional resources I am excited to share what has worked for our family with you.