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-Kins. He 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)!
So what are we reading for our 2017 Christmas “Bookvent” ?
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This year I wrapped up the following books:
- The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
- The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
- The Golden Christmas Treasury: 25 Stories, Poems, and Carols by Rick Bunsen
- A Silly Snowy Day by Michael Coleman
- Frozen Noses by Jan Carr
- Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell
- Little Einsteins: Christmas Wish by Marcy Kelman
- The Littles Have a Merry Christmas by John Peterson
- The Nutcracker adapted by Bethany Snyder
- What Santa Can’t Do by Douglas Wood
- Jingle Bells by Darcy May
- There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Bell! by Lucille Colandro
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol by Ron Dias
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
- A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
- The Littlest Christmas Tree by Janie Jasin
- Santa’s Noisy Night by Julie Sykes
- The Christmas Carol retold by Mark Taylor
- Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
- A Chipmunk Christmas by Janice Karman
- The Grinch: The Care and Feeding of a Grinch by Christopher Moroney
- Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
Today Jack read this book by himself!
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…
What are your Christmas traditions?
I would love to know what specials traditions you and your family celebrate each year. Comment below!