I've been seeing this idea floating around on Pinterest and decided to give it a try this year! The idea is to gather up a bunch of Christmas/holiday books and wrap them up. Each night before bed, the kids get to unwrap one book and read it. It is something fun we can do as a family, and helps them see how many days are left before Christmas.
To my surprise, we only had about 4 or 5 Christmas books, so I went to the library while they were at school and checked out a ton of Christmas books. (Saved me money, and we can get a fresh selection next year!)
Last night I brought out the basket and let them each open one since it was the first night. (I wasn't sure how I would let them decide who got to pick the first book...lots of fighting over who goes first these days!) I tried to get an even selection of Santa-ish stories, as well as stories about the birth of Jesus...just to keep things real around here! With the commercialization of Santa as well as me shoving "Elf-on-the-shelf" down their throat every morning, I want to make sure they understand the true meaning of Christmas.
I think this should be a fun new tradition we can continue each year.