December Daily™ 2011 | Day Eighteen

Welcome to December Daily™ 2011 | Day Eighteen.

This is one of those stories that could have gone on any day. It's one I've been wanting to tell this year as it was a new tradition for us.

24 Christmas books got wrapped up and we've been opening one each night (and a couple mornings before school while waiting for the bus). It's been fun to do it this way vs. bringing them all out on December 1 in a basket (I put them away in my Christmas tubs when it's not December). The kids have taken turns opening them and even though some have been more for Simon's age or Anna's age it's been totally fine. I think I purchased about four or five this year to make the total 24 (and we received a couple as gifts). The rest I've been collecting over the years.

I went back and forth one too many times about adding anything to the first photo.

So I just stopped and decided the photo was enough.

This is one of those photos I know I will love down the road. It shows something simple that most people might not think about taking a photo of that's actually a meaningful part of our holiday season (reading Christmas books). Over the years some of these books might disappear but I'm hoping they are around for some grandchildren someday in the far future. It would be cool to be able to show them what they looked like when their parents read them.

In addition to the shot of the books on the floor (we keep them under the tree) I also took a shot of the ones that are still wrapped.

Thinking I'd like to add a list of the 24 books we used this year once they are all opened.


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72 thoughts

  1. Kristen

    2011-12-19 17:38:51 -0500

    I think I am going to start this tradition with my nephew! Love love love it! Thanks for the inspiration (as always)

  2. Tammy B

    2011-12-19 18:06:53 -0500

    I brought out our Christmas books this year and neither of my boys has even looked at them. I guess they aren't as fun when you are teenagers. It might be time to put them in the keepsake book box to save for future generations!!

  3. Chris

    2011-12-19 20:07:48 -0500

    Hi Ali,
    On a completely unrelated topic, I decided to TRY the Project Life this year. I am getting nervous as that time is getting nearer and I have not been so good at getting the Dec. Daily on track. Printing the photos seems to slow me down. I am just wondering if you have anything that you do to get prepared for that. Thanks.

  4. Rosa

    2011-12-19 20:10:18 -0500

    I Love this Christmas book idea. I have 11, 9, and 7 year old boys. The 7 and 9 year-olds both love to listen to the Christmas stories. My 11 year old will still listen to some of the stories. I'd like to do this next year...and I'm hoping that they will still want to listen to some of the "younger" Christmas stories. What a nice tradition this would be for someone just starting out with a young family... On another note, I haven't had a chance to get any stories or pictures added to my december daily (although i am keeping track of what I wanted to write about). Family visiters put a little monkey wrench in my alloted "creative" time... Here's to "catching up".

  5. patty

    2011-12-19 21:27:29 -0500

    G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S photos ali!

  6. Jane

    2011-12-19 21:35:35 -0500

    I have seen this idea but never got around to doing it for my own children, however, this year I did it for my class of Grade 3 students. I wrapped up 22 books (one per student) and each day one student chooses a book to unwrap and I read it to the class. The person chosen also makes a figure for our class nativity scene. Since the last child won't have a "choice" in the book they choose, they will get to make Jesus for the nativity scene. They are loving it!

  7. Shannon R.

    2011-12-19 23:17:30 -0500

    I love this idea. I plan to do this for my nephews next year. Great pic of the books under the tree.

  8. Carla Hoffner

    2011-12-19 23:46:44 -0500

    Love this. I have never wrapped the books. I keep them in a basket during the holiday and they go back in the Christmas tubs after the holiday. I like the idea of 24. I will have to increase my stash! I also do this with Christmas movies!

  9. Amy

    2011-12-20 00:51:49 -0500

    We've started the book advent tradition this year, too, and I'd love to see your list!!!

  10. Tamera

    2011-12-20 01:51:57 -0500

    Love this idea Ali!
    Are these brand new books or ones that the kids already had with a few new ones mixed in? I think I'll try to start this tradition... maybe a book a day for the last five days before Christmas? Ha! :)

  11. Tamera

    2011-12-20 01:55:07 -0500

    ??? UNRELATED QUESTION... Preserving Pre-School Art ???
    Ali, a few years ago you posted something about preserving pre-school/kindergarten art. I've been trying to find that post to find out what it was you used (I think it was a spray) to preserve the items. Would love to hear what it is from you. Thanks!

  12. Kristi B

    2011-12-20 01:57:49 -0500

    I am taking a photo of my child holding the book (they take turns opening each day) and plan on doing the 24 books of December page to add to my album. Also doing this with where the Elf has been hiding for 24 days.

  13. Mary Cardini-Anderson

    2011-12-20 02:12:07 -0500

    What a wonderful new tradition. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Barb in AK

    2011-12-20 03:05:20 -0500

    Ali, when you make the list of books, be sure to add a photo of you, Anna, and Simon cozied up together while you read the story. :-) It's a fabulous tradition, and I used to collect
    Christmas storybooks for my ds, too. I never thought to wrap them though! Neat idea :-)

  15. Julie MacManus

    2011-12-20 04:06:16 -0500

    the wrapped books look AMAZING! the loved the idea when i read about it on your blog and i've bought about 10 new christmas books this year. but we've only read a few ... but my aim is to be all good to go with 24 books for next year, so im hoping for a few after christmas sales :>

  16. kate adderley

    2011-12-20 04:18:00 -0500

    love this idea Ali, wish l had of thought of doing that when my young adult children were young, l dont think l will be a grandma for many years to come, but l have started buying books for them already,

  17. christen

    2011-12-20 09:58:18 -0500

    this reminded of me of when my oldest two daughters where little and we were visiting my parents for christmas. one night my mom put a blanket on the living room floor, popped popcorn and we read a bunch of christmas books. the girls loved it! and so did we. i need to put that in my book as a favorite memory.

  18. KelleyL

    2011-12-20 13:41:59 -0500

    I love this idea--we do not have children, however I thought about doing this for me next year---as in the spring and summer going through all the books that I have collected, wrapping them and putting them away until Christmas next year...A treat for myself!

  19. Liz

    2011-12-20 15:03:07 -0500

    One of my entries in my DD for this year is a list of all the Christmas books and movies we've been enjoying this month. Gotta get more books for next year after Christmas when they are on sale.

  20. Sarah

    2011-12-20 16:56:12 -0500

    I love this!! Will be doing next year - would also love to see a list of your books - I know there was a bunch of discussion on book suggestions in another post...

  21. Leah Cameron

    2011-12-20 18:43:09 -0500

    Like so many others since reading you were doing this we have done the same. I didn't actually number them (as I was still waiting on some books when we started) but I will do so next year. It is a great "advent" idea that I hope will become a "tradition" in our family. I love the way you have documented yours, I haven't taken pics yet but will have to do so tonight! Thanks so much for the inspiration xxx

  22. Jo Boland

    2011-12-20 19:19:46 -0500

    What a fabulous idea, must remember that for next year!

  23. Peggy K

    2011-12-22 05:19:18 -0500

    Hoping to start this tradition with some of the grandkids!!

  24. JLJ Designs (Jen)

    2011-12-23 15:30:36 -0500

    I love the book idea! I've been trying to think of a way to do a countdown that didn't involve a candy filled calendar. This is a great idea.


  25. ckcpurple

    2011-12-23 20:29:54 -0500

    That is a very cool idea!!! An easy, kid friendly advent calendar that doesn't require much cash (as long as you have 24 christmas books!!!)

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