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OUR BOOK ADVENT


OK, so I know it's a wee bit early to break out the merry making, BUT I am trying to be prepared for the Christmas season before the busyness truly sets in. I'm going to try and do fun little things each weekend for the girls to look forward to before I get stressed. : D Last weekend I wrapped up 26 books (the majority of which we already owned and were saved from my childhood) for our book advent. Oh the nostalgia! I wanted to share with you what we'll be reading and also ask to hear some of your favorite Christmas books, too (look for a fun discount from chronicle books at the end!). I love having a healthy mix of the real story of Christmas and fun, magical books like...

The first book we will be reading is The Elf on the Shelf. Thanksgiving night we are going to bust this book open and I have a feeling our house elf Ook might make an appearance. The creators of this genius book are from Marietta. Makes me proud.


If I had to pick a favorite... I think it would be Angelina's Christmas. I lovedddd this book as a child and Matilda loves the entire series. So fun to be able to share this vintage copy with my girls.


Some of my other treasured childhood books are the the Little Golden Books. Santa's Surprise Book has the best vintage illustrations and we love the Bears' Christmas!

The Grinch has to make everyone's list, right? This book + this movie are an annual tradition.


Matilda loves Jingle Bells and singing the song at the end and Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice is one of my personal faves.

This touch and feel board book was given to me on my very first Christmas! Santa's Beard is Soft and Warm is a vintage classic. I can still smell the way the scratch and sniff tree smelled.

Three more Golden Books we love: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Shines Again, The Christmas Story (similar here), and we adore The Biggest Most Beautiful Christmas Tree. I also wrapped up One-Minute Christmas Stories by Shari Lewis (remember Lambchop?!).


We will be reading the ABC's of Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and ABC is for Christmas! Also on the calendar: Mickey's Christmas Carol, Madeline's Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.


I ordered Christmas Eve at the Mellop's for the girls last year. I love having a few new books that are specific to their childhood memories. What an awesome job we have to create those! Other new books this year (just ordered a few!): Mortimer's Christmas Manger - a new favorite. love that way it blends the excitement of Santa with Jesus!, Santa's Favorite Story - so sweet, The Pajama Elves - a fun way to give Christmas pajamas and get little ones to sleep on Christmas Eve!

The Littlest Angel is such a sweet book about a little angel not fitting in and his special gift to the Christ child. The Shepard's Christmas is another vintage book that we loved reading. The illustrations are so tender and beautiful.

I wrapped them all up with the cutest wrapping paper from Target and washi tape. I tied a few up with glitter twine from Knot and Bow (my favorite!). I seriously use this twine for everything. So versatile!


A fun idea this year: Chronicle Books (one of my favorite publishers!) has personalized Christmas books that you can order like The Night Before Christmas and Olive, the Other Reindeer. Matilda would looove to see her name right next to Santa's. I feel really sure about that. Right now they are offering 30% off all personalized books just for signing up for their newsletter. So fun! 

I would love to hear what books are on your reading list this year! Have you ever done a book advent? I think it's so fun and I'm excited to play along with the girls this Christmas. Can't wait!

This post is sponsored by MyChronicle Books. Thanks so much for allowing me to partner up with brands I love to create content that I hope you will enjoy. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas season!

26 comments :

  1. i love this idea of the wrapping! i have been buying christmas books here and there for henry for a few months now to start his christmas collection of reading one book each night. your vintage finds are too cute! going on ebay now :)

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    1. fun! hope you found some good ones. :)

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  2. This is such a sweet way to start the holidays. Both for your girls, and for you... I remember many of these titles from when I was a kid and would love to relive that Christmas excitement with my own some day. I can't wait to do this next year with our little one!

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  3. I don't see Eloise at Christmastime. Eloise was a favorite at our house. And I like Tasha Tudor's illustrated version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". We're corgi owners and enjoy the corgi's participation in the night.

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    1. we definitely need eloise! loved hearing from you jill!!

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  4. I love this! We are doing something similar, I started collecting Christmas books last season- I think I only have enough to do 12 days of Christmas so far. I totally love this. Such a great way to make Holiday memories!

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  5. This is such a wonderful idea! I think I need to add it to my list :) Love so many of those books - gotta see if I can find them because I think the originals are going to have to stay at Grandma and Grandpas, ha!

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    1. aw i know - i feel lucky to have gotten them!

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  6. You know I love this! We have about 6 holiday books that we will open every year, and not all the books are holiday related. I just loving reading a new book with our little bean every day for almost a month. There are only some many times I can read Thomas 1-2-3 again.

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    1. christmas variety is the spice of life! ;)

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  7. My mother in law did this last year. It was fun but it's a lot of books! We are pretty much set forever, as we already had a basket full (and donated the duplicates). We like Mr. Willowby's Chris Tree. I like the simple idea that someone's "excess" could be meaningful to a lot of others when shared.

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    1. i'll have to check that out! what an amazing mother in law!

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  8. Such a great idea. We don't have quite enough books to do this yet but we are slowly adding to our collection each year. You've got some treasures in there!

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    1. yes, a little each year is such a fun way to build up a collection! thanks, heather!

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  9. Adorable idea! Love it!!

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  10. I have some of these Christmas books from when I was little! Brought a smile to my face to see them on here. You are a great mom what a good idea.

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    1. aw you are so sweet becca. thanks for saying that!

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  11. You would love "Song of the Stars" by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It is my absolute favorite Christmas book. I cry every single time I read it to my kids!

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  12. This is SUCH a marvelous idea! I am absolutely doing this. Thanks for giving us a new tradition to start!

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  13. I have never heard of this before but my children would LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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