Okay, so I have always loved books, but then when two kids got thrown into our little mix, it opened up a whole new world of book obsession. Board books, audio books, chapter books, you name it, it’s in my Amazon cart. Here’s the thing though, I hate clutter. I hate clutter and we don’t actually have bookshelves or an attic in our current home…So I MUCH prefer to borrow books from the library and friends and then send them back to their home. BUT after a couple years of forgetting to reserve the Christmas books I had hoped for our family to enjoy, I decided I’d start building a collection of Holiday books for my children.”Holiday Book Baskets for Kids” has become a favorite tradition, so I thought I’d share.
Throughout the year, when I see children’s books on sale (Marshall’s and TJ Maxx always have children’s books on sale following Holidays! Thrift stores are great too!) I snag them and toss them in the small plastic bin that I’ve reserved for that specific holiday. I am a minimalist when it comes to holiday decor and am not trying to have more things to put in the closet of our garage where I keep holiday items, but this has become such a fun experience for my kids that it’s worth it for us.
A week or two before each holiday, depending on how many quality books I’ve found, I’ll wrap the books in their respective holiday paper and we will rotate which kid gets to open a book. (Sometimes this is bribery to get them to sleep through the night if we are in a rough sleep season..hence they’ve only opened 3 Valentine’s Day books this week…)
The best thing about theses growing collections is that even as they get older they still enjoy the “little kid” books because they’ve been put away all year-long and it feels like something new yet recalls fond memories.
Valentine’s Day Books
Lent & Easter Books
Advent, St. Nicholas & Christmas Books
I’ll keep adding to this list for future reference. Do you or your family have any holiday books you read each year? Any traditions that foster togetherness and connection?
Don’t enjoy reading aloud as a family? This podcast/blog has given me great motivation on days I’d rather not.
Happy Holiday reading, friends!