The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2, Read All About It!

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Every year about this time, our kids always look forward to unpacking our collection of holiday books.  During the month of December, we keep them in a basket in the family room, ready for a read-aloud or a quiet read-alone. This is the season to enjoy some really terrific books as a family. Trust me. Your kids will love a nightly reading time as they cuddle up in blankets, nibble on popcorn or cookies and listen to Mom or Dad read.

If you don’t have many, or any, holiday books, you can visit the library, borrow from friends, download on Kindle, or purchase.  Any day now, your library’s shelves will be emptied of every book related to Hanukkah and Christmas, so don’t wait!  Grab your library card and make a book run!  Not surprisingly, Amazon has a huge selection with prices generally lower than bookstores. This can be a very budget-friendly tradition, and once you have your collection of books, you store them away with your other holiday decorations and pull the out each year.

One more way to enjoy these books for free is to use your library’s electronic audiobooks. Depending on the book, you can either download it onto your computer or other electronic device, turn up the volume, and listen.

The nice thing about these books is that they never get old.  We read them only during the month of December, and pack them away until next year.  Here are a few books my kids have been enjoying for years.

If you gather together 31 Christmas/Hanukkah themed books, you can create your own Advent calendar of sorts, presenting a new book to the kids each night.

Maybe your kids are fascinated by other countries and cultures around the world. It’s easy to combine a little geography with stories about international Christmas festivities.

One of the best bonding times you can have as a family, with kids or grandkids, is a read-aloud time. When we went to Iceland this fall, I read Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, which, coincidentally, begins in Iceland. Even though my kids are now teenagers, they still enjoyed the story and when there were still a few chapters to go by the time we returned home, they bugged me to continue reading.

There’s something about the read-aloud experience that is positively addicting.

Any of the above titles would be suitable for read-alouds, but if you’d like a longer, chapter book, check these out:

It wouldn’t be hard to stage the “perfect family Christmas evening” with a read-aloud, hot chocolate and everyone in pajamas. I think kids instinctively love being cozy, and this has all the necessary ingredients.

Enjoy your family time this year, and if family is scarce this year, here is a list of children’s hospitals around the country in need of volunteers.

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4 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 2, Read All About It!”

  1. My daughter and I have a special Christmas book that I saved from my childhood. I got it when I was 3 years old. Even though my 'little' girl is almost ten, she still loves for me to read stories to her from "The Animals' Merry Christmas."

  2. Thank you for the book suggestions. I’ll definitely be checking some of them out! I have 3 or 4 boxes that hold 10 reams of paper each that are filled with holiday books for my daughter. We change out both her book shelves in December and she loves it!

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  4. Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher is a book you should add to your collection. It is a funny, sad, and heart warming story of an eventful year in the life of of a large and loving family. It begins and ends at Christmas. Every year I read it to my fourth grade students and they always tell me it was their favorite book that year. I look forward to sharing this great story so that I can read it too!

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