Last year and again this summer, I made some investments in Christmas story books. Reading holiday stories throughout December is one of my favorite things to do with the kids.
I love having copies of our own instead of fighting for it at the library. There are many great books out there! It’s fun to have special copies to make our own.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money, though. I remember years ago seeing my friend Whitney’s collection of Christmas books. They didn’t have much money, but they had a wonderful collection of books that she had created over time and through thrifting.
Either way, consider some of these great books:
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Gingerbread Friends, the sequel to Gingerbread Baby
- Silent Night
- The Jesse Tree
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- An Orange for Frankie
- Christmas Cookies
- Mr Willowby’s Christmas Tree
If you can spend some time reading these once-a-year kind of books with your kids, you end up making memories tied to the holidays — and to you. If you have time to talk, cook, or do art inspired by the book, so much the better.
Looking for inspiration? Pick up a copy of A Simpler Season. Dr. Veronica Getskow (aka my mom) prepared a number of extension activities to go with these books as well as several others. That reading and activity list is included in A Simpler Season.