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?).
- 01Snowflakes Bentley
The Caldecott Medal winning story of Wilson Bentley and how he used his camera to capture snowflakes – I love the observation it encourages.
- 02Sad 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.
- 03The 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.
- 04The 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!