Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Stories for Christmas {Our Book Advent Calendar}

I love Christmas, but I'm really not great at getting organised. I tend to leave most things to the last minute and then end up doing a midnight dash! One thing I decided to get sorted early last year though was a book advent for the boys. TJ absolutely loves reading and I knew when I saw so many people doing this one that I had to give it a go. I love the idea of making time everyday to read a story together and building up their collection at the same time. I went with a combination of Christmas themed books and ones to read throughout the year and also included a few craft style books that had things like pop out nativity scenes in which went down well. TJ loved it so much he's been asking for weeks when it's time for the book advent!
I found the best way to keep cost down (25 books!) was to get some new and some from charity shops; they're so much cheaper and the money goes to a good cause. Rather than buying a random selection this year I thought I would go out and try searching for some specific Christmas favourites; the kind that really capture the spirit of Christmas and are remembered as they get older. Its difficult catering for both boys as their ages are so different, but hopefully they'll both enjoy them in some way! I've asked some of my lovely fellow bloggers to share their favourites, hopefully it'll inspire you to get cosy with your little ones and share a few of these treasured stories

The Tale of Three Trees
This is one of my personal favourites; It was given to us by my Grandfather who passed away a few years ago now. It is one of the most beautiful stories. The pictures are so lovely and not one of us can read it without shedding a tear.
I really want to add this to our Advent calendar this year and carry on this little tradition of reading it to our boys.

Santa is Coming to...
These books are personalised to different towns and counties and tell the story of Santa making his way on Christmas Eve - "I love the Santa is coming to... books. We managed to get one for our county, Essex and it gives the story a real personal feel." Katy - www.Katykicker.com

Stick Man
"We love reading Stick Man together. Such a lovely book and lovely illustrations. Plus the message of how important being together is" Victoria - www.lyliarose.com

'Twas Night Before Christmas 
This one was in our book advent last year so we already have and love it; but it had to go on this list anyway; quite a few people suggested it as it's such a classic!
"Ours is the classic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". I loved it as a child and I now read it to my children. We've read it that many times that the kids join in with some of the rhymes!"  Jennifer -www.mightymamabear.com
"I sit down under the tree, before bed every Christmas eve and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas"! My mum used to do the same with me and my brother so it's like a family tradition!" Star - www.autismkidsontour.com

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Another firm favourite here, and it has a great message about sharing and what Christmas is really about.
"How the Grinch Stole Chrsitmas" is one of our favourites, now that my little one is older she reads along which I love" Karina - www.mumsthenerd.co.uk

The Polar Express
We read "The Polar Express" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve with our boys. We all love to snuggle up with those books. Jo- www.cupoftoast.co.uk 

The Best Christmas Present in the World
This one is a great suggestion as I love the story of the Christmas truce; TJ has been really interested in learning about the history of the world wars and I think he'd love this.
"It always makes me cry. Thinking of all the young men fighting in World War I. Stopping their fighting to play football and to share their stories for Christmas" Jennie - www.edspire.co.uk 

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas
"My son is eight and my girls four and they're at an age where poo is the funniest thing ever, so we have a good giggle!" Beth - www.twinderelmo.co.uk

The Jolly Christmas Postman
"This one has always been a favourite to read with my two!"
Jennifer www.mymummiespennies.com

Mucky Pups Christmas

"We love to read "Mucky Pups Christmas", lovely illustrations and so heart warming." 

The Lion, The Witch And  The Wardrobe
"I love to read the moment in "The Lion, The Witch and \the Wardrobe" when Father Christmas comes for the first time in years. He gives the children presents and says "Aslan in on the move!" Naomi -www.theorganisedlifeproject.com

If you have any Christmas favourites, I'd love to hear about them so I can add them to our list!


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