Thanks to my brother-in-law's mother for sending me the idea, we have implemented yet another wonderful Christmas tradition!
Another great way to count down the days until Christmas....wrap Christmas themed books (we wrapped 12 because we don't have 25) totaling the number of days you're counting down. Each night, have the children unwrap one book and read it together as a family. Savannah was so excited when she saw the Christmas book bin! She likes to do "eenie, meenie, miny, mo" so we did that to determine who picked on the first night. It was Savannah! We read together the book she chose. Here is a picture...a little blurry, but I think it captures the feeling of the moment. You just can't have a peaceful, uneventful story time with a 3, 17 month, and 8 week old! But we were together and we were starting a tradition that I hope will bring an extra sparkle to our children's eyes year after year as we bring out the Christmas book bin.
The next night was Noah's turn. We decided to read at the table right after dinner and it worked out great! It also helped that Noah chose a shorter book. =) The Velveteen Rabbit
My hope is that books will always bring a special excitement and joy to our children not just at Christmas, but always. But, isn't Christmas a wonderful time to celebrate them just a little more? We think so.
Thanks, Mrs. Vicky for passing this along!