Christmas Book Advent Calendar: What We're Reading

There's no secret Advent Book Calendars have taken the blogeshpere by storm, and this household is no different. I'm sure this idea was around long before Pinterest and Blogging, but I'm going to credit this festive idea to Jennifer from Life in the Green House.

Her post last year inspired me to hit some post-Christmas sales and start our very own book collection. Now, I sit here in front of a pile of books ready for my little one's unwrapping and reading pleasure.

For those of you who may not have heard of an Advent Book Calendar, the general idea is to gather 25 Christmas books, wrap them and then each day leading up to Christmas have your child open one and read it together. Easy enough, right?

Well, there are few catches to creating the perfect Advent Book Calendar I've found so far:

1. Do not run out and buy your books right now. No. Wait until after Christmas then hit every book store in your city. In fact, wait a week after Christmas and you'll find items are doubly discounted. I did not spend over $5 on any book. Don't under estimate how quickly 25 books will add up. We're all on budgets.

2. Take time to read the books before you purchase them. I'm not telling you to overanalyze every single Christmas story ever told. Just flip through and read the stories. I was in awe of how many awful story-lines I found in some of the book selections.

3. Think ahead. What age will your child be next Christmas? Will they prefer board books, touch & feel books, Curious George books? Keep in mind, there will be some books you can reuse and others that may be too young for them by next year.

Here are a few books Jackson will be reading this year:

What's your favorite Christmas book? I'd love some recommendations to add to our collection!