We started a new Christmas tradition this year. This was inspired by a blog post of TeacherMama Tina Santiago-Rodriguez last year. I liked the idea of wrapping books about Christmas and our Catholic faith and tying it to the countdown to Christmas by unwrapping one book each day. So, I decided to adapt the idea this year in our household. I gathered all of my sons’ Christmas-related books. I also checked their books about values and chose some which emphasized values usually highlighted during the Christmas season. Then, I wrapped the books in Christmas wrapping papers. Since, our existing books on Christmas and values are less than twenty-five (25), I scheduled a trip to the bookstores and Book Sale outlets nearby.
|Yanthy borrowed the guitar |
from the display. :)
I’m loving the idea even more as we execute it. The new books we bought not only help us in our Christmas countdown. They also double as Christmas gifts for our two little bookworms. Moreover, I loved the idea that I don’t need to buy many books next year or in the coming years anymore; for we have bought a lot of Christmas-related books already this year. I’m so happy with how this idea/new tradition paved the way for us to save a lot. Most of all, I loved the opportunity to reinforce the values that I want my kids to learn and practice not just during Advent or Christmas time but every day of the year.
Take a look at the books we have opened so far in our Christmas Countdown this year.
|This was Yanthy's Christmas gift to Mateo last year.|
|This set of Disney Christmas books |
was given to Yanthy as a gift
by one of his grandmas.
|We read the story of St. Nicholas from this book.|
These are the titles of the books we have yet to open.
|This was one of our great Book Sale finds.|
|Another Book Sale find with hard cover!|
|This was a birthday gift to Yanthy |
by one of his godparents on his first birthday.
|This was a gift to Mateo during his baptism.|
|Got this from St. Paul's.|
|We bought this from National Bookstore ,|
SM Marikina branch.
|We bought this at St. Paul's also.|
|These were Book Sale finds.|
The Night Before Christmas
A Big Help
Not Too Big
My Lift the Flap Christmas Tree
Birth of Jesus Pop-up book