Wednesday, November 30, 2016

24 Christmas Books Countdown 2016

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Even though the books have been wrapped for about two weeks, I'm just now getting around to writing about this year's countdown the night before.  This has become a really fun tradition for us and with Michael loving books even more, I see this lasting for several more years.



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What you'll need:

24 Christmas books
wrapping paper

We've been doing this for countdown for the past 4 years and each year Michael has been more and more excited for unwrapping the books.  We've also been getting a rather nice collection so this year has a few new books.  Here's the posts about the last 3 years to get an idea of all the books we've used in the past.

24 Christmas Books Countdown 2015
24 Christmas Books Countdown 2014
24 Christmas Books Countdown 2013

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Books we'll be reading:

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates and Sebastia Serra

A Christmas Wish for Corduroy by B.G. Hennessy

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Rick Bunsen

Yes, Virginia: There is a Santa Claus by Chris Plehal and James Bernardin

The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola

The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe

The Littlest Christmas Elf by Nikki Shannon Smith and Susan Mitchell

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Santa is Coming to Washington, D.C. by Steve Smallman and Robert Dunn

Little Critter's The Night Before Christmas by Mercer Mayer

Toy Story Christmas Toys by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg and RH Disney

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck and Sarah Jane Wright

The Berenstain Bears and The Nutcracker by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain

A Cars Christmas by Melissa Lagonegro and RH Disney

The Beginner's Bible The Very First Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas by Lauren Cecil and Andrew Grey

Mickey and Minnie's Gift of the Magi by Bruce Talkington and Fernando Guell Cano

Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Diane Goode

God Bless Our Christmas by Hannah Hall and Steve Whitlow

You'll want to wrap the books that you have chosen for your countdown.  I usually buy my wrapping paper from the Dollar Tree and it takes about two rolls.  On December 1st, have the kids pick out one book to unwrap for that night's story.  You'll do this every night through Christmas Eve.  It's so much fun to see what order the books are picked in and even more special if you have recorded stories like we do.  That way any family member can be involved with the Christmas book countdown.  What's even more special is when the book is read by someone who is no longer with us here on Earth.  Do you do this countdown?  If so, what books do you use? 

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