Christmas Book Advent

It all started with this FREE basket I got from a rummage sale. (Why is it the less I pay for something the more I like it? )
I spray painted it red and added a bow. Then I gathered 25 books about Christmas or winter or snow.  I numbered star-shaped sticky notes and stuck them to the cover of each book.
Inside the back cover I put another sticky note with a treat or activity relating to the book and piled them all in the basket.
Here's our advent plan: (which I'm sure I will end up switching around a little. I have an advantage in this because my kids can't read yet so I can tell them the note says pretty much whatever I want!)

1. The Littlest Christmas Tree -Drinking Straw Christmas Tree here
2. The Mitten-Mitten activity here
3. Mooseltoe - decorate the tree or do the puzzle found here
4.  A Very Special Snowflake - snowflake craft here
5. The Littlest Angel - Blessings Tree here
6. Are You Grumpy, Santa? - visit to Santa and Strawberry Cheesecake Santa Hats
7. All You Need for a Snowman - the egg carton snowmen found here
8.A Silly Snowy Day - shape turtle (post to come)
9.  Rock-a-bye Christmas - make Christmas Tree Bells
10. The Night Before Christmas - color Santa according to the description in the book
11.  Flip and Flop - a version of these footprint penguins
12. Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect - Shop for Toys for Tots
13.Christmas Mice! - the Christmas version of our Halloween Mice
14. The Polar Express - have hot chocolate like they do on the train
15. The First Night - take out and play with our Fisher Price Little People Nativity Set or candy nativity
16. Stella, Queen of the Snow - make snowmen out of marshmallows
17.Christmas Mouse- dollar store shopping for gifts to give (from the kids to others)
18. The Snowman Band of Snowboggle Bend - dance to Christmas songs
19. Not Enough Beds: A Christmas Alphabet Book (Carolrhoda Picture Books) - take "naps" in funny parts of the house, like the bath tub
20. Is That You, Winter? - splatter painting like the illustrations in the book
21. Christmas Angels: Read and Share - make a birthday cake and sing for Baby Jesus
22. A Christmas Present for: Me! - treat!
23.  Christmas in the Country - play in the snow
24. Christmas Tapestry - celebrate Christmas Eve with family

(For even more activity and book choices go to 24 Book Inspired Crafts!)

This is a pretty ambitious list around here so we'll see how many times I tell the kids the post-it says, "Have a treat at the kitchen table so Mom gets 5 minutes of peace."

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  1. Brilliant. I love this idea! Might have to round up our Christmas books and see if we can do something similar!

  2. I love the idea of the stars! My kids can't read yet either... that's a good tip on the activities. lol

  3. I love this idea and think I may just try it! My oldest is starting to read on her own so I may throw in a couple she can read to the family.

  4. I love this idea. I'm hoping I can do something similar when I have kids. We have oodles of Christmas books and movies.

  5. Love this idea! I am wondering if I can make it work in a preK classroom with smaller scale activities??? I'll let you know...

  6. This idea is really cute! =) I love that the daily activities go with the day's book. I am "pinning" this and saving it for a few Christmases from now when I have activity-aged children, or maybe my future classroom someday!

  7. This is a GREAT idea. I actually have a basket of christmas books out in a basket, but I love the idea of numbering them and adding a craft or treat to go with each one. It's a great alternative to the traditional hidden treat calendar. Sharing this!

  8. I LOVE this idea!!! Please feel free to link up to Make Yourself Monday!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  9. love this idea!!! I've been trying to think of an advent calendar for my son. I'm not sure if we have enough Christmas books, though!!!

  10. Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Creative Blogger Party Hop

  11. I love this idea! So clever and fun, too! Thanks for linking up!

  12. Great reading activity for the month. Found your post on A Creative Princess.

  13. What a great idea! You really are ambitious with your list ;) The kiddos will love it, thought!!

  14. So lovely, I will be stealing this idea right away :-) Very glad that you were able to join us at Pin'Inspiration Thursday.

    Happy new follower :-)

  15. Love this idea! Someone else mentioned they were doing it on my FB page, but I didn't ever see a list of all the books. These are fun!


  16. Cool! I posted a book countdown too, but I'm going to go check out your titles because I want ideas for new ones! I love the activity linked with the books. This year ours are on our separate advent, but I like the book connection idea.

    Though half my kids can read. . .and it is annoying how well they like to make sure we follow through on things! :)

  17. I'm doing a book advent too! I love the twist that you added with the activity.

  18. This is so cute! What a great idea! I love that you did a craft/activity with each story! We would love to have you stop by and share this at our link party:
    Have a great weekend!
    Camille @

  19. Thanks for the list of holiday books and activities. Great for the classroom!

  20. What an amazing idea! I love how your activities go so well with the themes of the books too. Just all around fun! Would you share here?

  21. Love the idea of adding an activity to go with the book. I would wrap the books though so the kids get to unwrap one every day. :)

  22. What a great idea to tie a fun activity in with each book. The past few years we have unwrapped a winter/Christmas book each night to read (utilizing the library). Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness, can't wait to see some of your fun activities you'll be posting as you count down.

  23. new follower. I am loving your blog and all the reading cuteness. I love this countdown. Love this idea! I'd love for you to link up to my Homemade in December Link Carnival.

  24. P.s. Lorie, I am featuring your post tomorrow on Monday Madness.

  25. I am so "borrowing" this idea!!!!! L-O-V-E it! What a fun way to countdown to Christmas. We read everyday so this would be something special and different to incorporate into our reading time & I really like the addition of a special activity for each book! I will be pinning this & sharing on FB!

    Thanks for linking your idea to the Sunday Showcase last week. Hope to see you this week!


  26. This is a wonderful idea because your family will be joining in all together! I love it!

    I am hosting an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I sure do hope you can pop by and link up this wonderful post!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  27. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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