Whilst scrolling down through my Facebook feed one day (as you do) this image of books wrapped up in gorgeous Christmas wrapping paper popped up and being a Christmas lover I had to click on the photo and see what it was all about. The idea is to wrap up twenty-five books, they don't all have to be new and they don't all have to be Christmas themed, in fact, I've gone with the theme of childhood favourites of Tyler Lee's father and I, winter and Christmas and some of the books are ones which were in his Christmas Eve basket last year but the idea is for the child to choose a different book each night before bed beginning on December 1st so that they have a new bedtime story each night leading up to Christmas Day. Now my little bean is far to young to pick just one book, I know he'd grab them all so I've got tags on the books to say what book they are and what date they should be read on starting with the least Christmassy and winter themed books first. Of course, when he's older it'll be a pot luck pick for him which will add even more excitement to his book advent calender. I simply love this idea, my boy is a little bookworm and I regularly catch his taking books off his shelf and sitting down on his toy box for a look throughout the day. He loves bedtime stories and has even now begun looking for a story at nap times too. He always wants to see the books after he's been read them and he really shows and interest in the pictures, turning the pages and pointing to the characters he likes so I think the book advent calender is something that he'll really love throughout the years.
I have just eleven books wrapped up at the moment as I'm waiting for for more to arrive from Amazon and for a trip to Waterstones when they have their Christmas displays up but I will show the other books when I have them. People on Instagram have been asking where I get Tyler Lee's books from so below are the books I already have wrapped up for him and links on where to get them all.
The Gruffalo's Child // 2. The Snowman and the Snowdog // 3. The Christmas Tale Of Peter Rabbit // 4. The Night Before Christmas // 5. Richard Scarry's Best Bedtime Stories Ever // 6. Santa Is Coming To // 7. One Snowy Night // 8. The Nativity // 9. Baby's First Christmas (Similar) // 10. Stick Man // 11. Millie-Mae In Winter
I think the book advent calender idea is perfect for Christmas time too as it promotes what Christmas is all about for me - spending time with family and treasuring each moment with them. Jacek and I have tried to make bedtime a fun and enjoyable time for our son with all his night lights, lullabies and bedtime stories and this book advent calender just adds another fun element to this time of day with a great festive twist.
Do you have this tradition in your house? Is it something you would like to do this Christmas?