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Our favorite Christmas tradition is also the absolute simplest.  It’s a collection of books that sit in a basket beside our tree.  Throughout the month we read them during “cuddle reading” sessions on the couch. And generally a new one is gifted during Christmas. In case you’re on the hunt for the simplest of all Christmas traditions, here are a few book suggestions.  Blog post note: don’t forget the classics like “The Night Before Christmas” (so Dad can read it on Christmas Eve) or Polar Express!  Even as an aunt, I think it’s so fun to have these under your tree!  A friend from church shared that their family reads this book during their advent activities and then shares a chocolate orange (isn’t that so cute?).

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    Snowflakes Bentley

    The Caldecott Medal winning story of Wilson Bentley and how he used his camera to capture snowflakes – I love the observation it encourages.

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    Sad Santa

    We’ve always downplayed Santa a bit in our home –  but this book by graphic designer, Tad Carpenter, about how Santa feels on Dec 26th makes us smile so big.

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    The First Noel

    It only has a few pages but they’re beautiful cut scenes.  More appropriate for hands that are a bit older, I always see Audrey open this book up the day we trim our tree and our books go out.

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    The Snowman

    This books makes me feel like winter is just outside the door when I turn it’s pages.

Audrey is so enamored with nativity scenes that we added this little white one to her room a couple years ago.  It’s so inexpensive but sweet.  Tell me your favorite Christmas traditions and books in the comments!  I can’t wait to have new ones to check out!