The 25 Books of Christmas

Sometimes I wonder if anyone ever has an original idea anymore… because most of my cool ideas have come from Pinterest. I’ve seen an idea like this pinned dozens of times, so I won’t give credit to just one person.

Christmas was always a special time for me growing up. One of my fondest memories is having a basket of Christmas books my mama put out for the kids to read every year. There were some classics mixed with some family favorites, and my brothers and I still flip through them when we’re at her house around the holidays.

I had the idea that I wanted to do something like this for my own children, but with a twist.

I purchased 25 holiday-themed books and have wrapped each one with Christmas paper. Each day in December leading up to Christmas, our little guy will get to pick one book from the basket and open it before bed. We’ll keep the opened books in a separate basket for him to read throughout the month.

He LOVES to read and my husband and I thought that this would be a fun tradition for him (and his siblings when they come along!) and something to look forward to leading up to Christmas.

It sounds expensive, and it can be, but I started thinking about this idea before the summer, which means garage sales were my new best friend. Many books I bought used for as little as a quarter. A few favorites I purchased with a Barnes and Noble gift card. And a few I got with bonus points through Scholastic Book Clubs, which I use in my kindergarten classroom.

Here is a list of the books that he’ll get to open. I think some of the fun will be wondering which one he’ll choose on what day because they’ll be wrapped and unmarked.

  1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  3. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett
  4. Fa La La by Leslie Petricelli
  5. Spot’s First Christmas by Eric Hill
  6. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
  7. The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman
  8. The Littlest Christmas Star by Brandi Dougherty
  9. Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  10. Counting Christmas by Karen Katz
  11. The Night Before Christmas: A Look and Find Book illustrated Jerri Territili
  12. Shhh! by Julie Sykes
  13. The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry
  14. The Story of Christmas by Debbie Rivers-Moore
  15. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (a Little Golden Book) by Barbara Shook Hazen
  16. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
  17. Clifford’s Christmas by Norman Bridwell
  18. Snow What Fun! When Snowmen Come to Life on Christmas Eve by Cheryl Hawkinson
  19. Santa’s Busy Day by Sterling Publishing Company
  20. I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz
  21. Can You See What I See? Christmas Read and Seek by Walter Wick
  22. Noodles I Love Christmas by Hans Wilhelm
  23. Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
  24.  Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  25.  Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

All in all, I would say that I spent less than $100 out of pocket for this project. It was well worth it for a lifetime of reading memories and a great new tradition!

What are some of your old and new holiday traditions?


5 Responses to The 25 Books of Christmas

  1. This is such a fun idea! I love that you re-wrap them every year.

  2. Great idea!!!

  3. You will re-wrap them every year? Or buy new ones? Very cool idea- i totally love it!

    • Cassie - we’ll re-wrap them! That way he can look forward to opening all of his favorites each year. He just won’t know which one he’ll open since they won’t be marked :)

  4. Very cool! Wish I had started this this year too.

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