Friday, December 2, 2011

Advent and Christmas Books

I am joining Jessica for her Advent and Christmas Book Link- up and it is so exciting because I love to read lot of books to our children. I love this time of year for so many reasons and no it is not because of the snow we get.  This time of year gives us a chance to snuggle up together and read books as a family. During the winter months we tend to stay indoors more due to the blowing snow and ice.  Some days we may read 3 or 4 books as a family and then camp out in our sleeping bags next to the Christmas tree. The memories you can build for your children through books is endless, and hearing your little one say “oh mommy I love that book” or “ I remember that book from last year it was one of my favorites” will just melt your heart.  For me reading to my family is also a way of relaxing, it forces me to stop all the things I feel I need to do during the day. As moms we tend to have lists longer then we can do in a single day. Reading with my girls, or listening to my husband read to our girls helps me stop and remember way I do everything I do. Families grow so fast so way not stop and enjoy them, spend extra time this Advent and Christmas building memories for your family through books you won’t be sorry you did.

Here are the books we will be reading this Advent and Christmas. We wrap up our family night time book of the day. Each night we will open another book as we make our way to Bethlehem, to praise the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The girls love this tradition and look forward to it each evening since they have no idea what the book will be. 
Advent Reading list
 November 27th   An Ellis Island Christmas

(This is a new book for us; the girls will receive this from Mom and dad for the feast of St. Nicholas).
Dec 6th The Secret of St. Nicholas

Dec 7th The Christmas Candle
(We will be reading this for the feast of St. Ambrose).

Dec 8th The Christmas Bird

Dec 9th The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story

Dec 10th The Three Gifts of Christmas: Book with Audio CD

Dec 11th An Orange for Frankie
(We normally eat chocolate covered orange peels or some type of orange cookie while listening to this story).

Dec 12th A Yuletide Ice Cube Fair

Dec 13th Hanna's Christmas
(What a wonderful book for the feast of St. Lucy).

Dec 14th God Gave Us Christmas

Dec 15th One Christmas Dawn

Dec 16th Night Tree

Dec 17th The Christmas Promise

Dec 18th Country Angel Christmas

Dec 19th Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect

Dec 20th Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)

Dec 21st The Crippled Lamb

Dec 22nd Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey

Dec 23rd Bethlehem

Dec 24th The Night before Christmas: Book & DVD
(Christmas Eve)

Merry Christmas

Dec 25th The Very First Christmas

Dec 26th Stephen's Feast
(For the Feast of St. Stephen).

Dec 27th Good King Wenceslas
(For the Feast of St. John the Apostle)
 (Feast of Epiphany)
We always read more than one book in a day, but I don't wrap them all. The next list is a list of all the other Christmas books we have on our home. We will be reading these along with the list above. 

The Legend of Saint Nicholas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (We will normally read the book in the morning and watch the movie in the evening. We let the girls hold our Manhattan Toy Dr. Seuss the Grinch while reading the book and watching the movie.
A Stable in Bethlehem
I Spy a Christmas tree
Touch and Feel Baby Jesus Is Born
Jingle Babies
Christmas in the Manger: A Pat-and-Peek Book
Mortimer's Christmas Manger
Angelina's Christmas
Angelina Ballerina's Christmas Crafts
Arthur's Christmas: An Arthur Adventure
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Legend of the Candy Cane
A Christmas Star Called Hannah
Silent Night: Nativity Board Book
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona
Diego's Family Christmas
Touch and Feel Baby Jesus Is Born
The Mitten Board Book
The Night before Christmas Board Book
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Merry Christmas, Mouse
Christmas in the Manger Board Book
The Story of Baby Jesus
Angels, Angels Everywhere
A Small Miracle
The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth
Father and Son: A Nativity Story
The Night of Las Posadas
There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
An Early American Christmas
The Littlest Angel
The Clown of God

Many Blessings to you and your family this Advent!


Laurie said...

I am enjoying reading everyone's book lists! I have not heard of the Ellis Island one. I am going to check our library to see if it is available. Thank you for sharing!

Patty said...

Great list! Last year, I introduced Ellis Island to my family. They loved that one. Very special. Have a blessed Advent season!

noreen said...

Hi Pamela,

I've come over from Jessica's Advent Book linky to say hello! You have a ton of books and many are new to me. Your children must love reading them! Thanks for sharing.