Christmas Traditions

 I had good intentions to post this on or before December 1st, but somehow time got away from me and I am writing it a week later than planned. Christmas, without a doubt, is my favorite holiday. We start decorating the first week of November, and spend most of December creating fun Christmas crafts and treats. This is also the perfect time of year to enjoy family traditions.

What are our Christmas traditions?

Back in 2011 when I began homeschooling we started a Christmas book countdown (which is apparently known as “Bookvent” on Instagram). I wrap 24 Christmas or winter themed books, and starting on December 1st we open one a day. Even though my children are getting older, Julia and Jack are both excited for this tradition.

We also have an “Elf on the Shelf”, but ours is a little bit different… Our elf is Christopher Pop-In-KinsHe is super cute, and Jack just loves searching for him every morning. Even if Christopher does get revenge when the kiddos are a little sassy like last year (bahaha)!

Elf on the Shelf Causing Trouble

So what are we reading for our 2017 Christmas “Bookvent” ?

Christmas Traditions: Bookvent

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This year I wrapped up the following books:

  1. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  2. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
  3. The Golden Christmas Treasury: 25 Stories, Poems, and Carols by Rick Bunsen
  4. A Silly Snowy Day by Michael Coleman
  5. Frozen Noses by Jan Carr
  6. Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell
  7. Little Einsteins: Christmas Wish by Marcy Kelman
  8. The Littles Have a Merry Christmas by John Peterson
  9. The Nutcracker adapted by Bethany Snyder
  10. What Santa Can’t Do by Douglas Wood
  11. Jingle Bells by Darcy May
  12. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro
  13. Mickey’s Christmas Carol by Ron Dias
  14. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  15. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
  16. The Littlest Christmas Tree by Janie Jasin
  17. Santa’s Noisy Night by Julie Sykes
  18. The Christmas Carol retold by Mark Taylor
  19. Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell
  20. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  by Rick Bunsen
  21. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
  22. A Chipmunk Christmaby Janice Karman
  23. The Grinch: The Care and Feeding of a Grinch by Christopher Moroney
  24. Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini

Today Jack read this book by himself!

BookVent Christmas Tradition: What Santa Can't Do

If you have been following me on our homeschool journey, you know that Jack REALLY struggles with reading. Tonight he decided he was going to read our book to me since I was feeling a little sad about Julia leaving for the next four days to go to Detroit with her Papa… He struggled through a few words, but he did it! I am so incredibly proud of this boy. Although it has been so hard watching him struggle so much with reading and writing, nights like tonight make up for it. Seeing his confidence growing and the look of pure excitement when he finished just melted my heart.

This year we are also incorporating Christmas themed tea times…

So far we have had a Grinch and a Reindeer theme. Don’t forget to check back next week to see what theme we chose for Tea Time Tuesday.

What are your Christmas traditions?

I would love to know what specials traditions you and your family celebrate each year. Comment below!



2 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions

  1. I just heard about the wrapping of books just recently. Seems like a really cool idea. I usually just put all our Christmas books under the tree, so they are easily accessible 🙂 We are reading Jotham’s Journey this year for Advent season. Issac asked again this morning about Tea Time Tuesday. I told him we’d see about getting some items and trying to start it 🙂

    1. Sometimes I think it would be nice to not have the books wrapped, so we could pick which book we want… However, Jack really likes the surprise though! He has been having a blast doing it this year, especially since he has been trying to read a few of them to me on his own. The last few days have been special one on one time because both Kenten and Julia are gone. He was more than happy to pick and unwrap the books on his own for four days in a row.

      Tea Time Tuesday is fun! It does take a little prep though. I find myself running to the store every Tuesday morning.

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