We love to read in our family. Books at bedtime is a normal routine. But during the Christmas season it’s nice to make it special and show the kids that our time reading together really is a gift. There are so many wonderful Christmas books out there to point our children to Christ. I love this fun way to present them….
Begin a collection of Christmas books that will help “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Each year when December arrives wrap each book in Christmas wrapping and ribbon, then place the wrapped books in a basket and place the basket near your fireplace or tree. Each night before bed throughout the month or the week preceeding Christmas (or however long you choose), the kids can pick a “gift” to unwrap and read together. Most of the books are the same from the year before, but your kids will still be excited because they haven’t read them in a whole year! Some of the books become favorites and they hope for it as they’re unwrapping. Some years you can surprise them with a new book in the collection. If you don’t have the funds to go out and purchase an entire collection, just start with one or two and get the others from the library. Then add to the collection with one or two each year. Just don’t forget to keep track of library due dates on the outside of the wrapping!! 🙂
Here are a few book suggestions to get you started….
~The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski
~Christmas Tapestry, by Patricia Polacco
~One Wintry Night, by Ruth Bell Graham
~The Legend of the Candy Cane, by Lori Walburg
~Tale of Three Trees, by Angela Elwell Hunt
~The Crippled Lamb, by Max Lucado
~Saint Nicholas, The Real Story of the Christmas Legend, by Julie Steigemeyer
~The Shoe Box, by Francine Rivers
~The Christmas Bird, by Sallie Ketcham
~Miracle in a Shoebox, A Christmas Gift of Wonder, by Franklin Graham
~The Real 12 Days of Christmas, by Helen Haidle
~The Candymaker’s Gift, by David and Helen Haidle
~The Very First Christmas, by Paul L. Maier