This is our third year doing the 25 Books of Christmas and I get a lot of questions about it so I wanted to write up how we do it and share some ideas for where to buy the books and how to display them!
What it is: Like most crafty mom ideas, this one came from Pinterest. The general idea is this- wrap up 25 books, let your kid open one every night leading up to Christmas (so open first book on November 30th, last book on Christmas Eve). We always read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on the 24th but otherwise the books are in no particular order.
Where to buy the books: Most of my books are from the local consignment sales. Kansas City Moms, I’ve had the best luck finding holiday books at the Just Between Friends Overland Park sale. They are in a bin marked “Christmas books.” Go to the presale for the best selection. You’ll find them at the fall sale but sometimes I see them in the spring sale too. Other places to find books: Half Price Books, Amazon (check out the used option, you can find titles for super cheap there), and Marshalls/TJ Maxx also has a great selection of holiday books at a discounted rate.
What books to get: This is totally up to you. I do NOT buy a new set of 25 books a year. Props to you if you are bout that life but I am not, lol. I usually add one or two new books a year and retire some of the books that Gretchen has outgrown (board books, lift the flap, etc). Our 25 books are all Christmas or winter themed. I know some that don’t go for a theme but just 25 random books. I keep with the theme and after the holiday season is over the books go in a bin back to the basement. So they are “new” every year.
Here are the books I am using this year. For a complete list of all the books we’ve used since starting the tradition check out my board on Pinterest.
- Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Olivia Helps Save Christmas
- Frosty the Snowman
- Angelina’s Christmas
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama
- Christmas Wombat
- The Twelve Days of Christmas
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?
- Little Blue Truck’s Christmas
- The Polar Express
- Snowmen at Christmas
- Madeline’s Christmas
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas
- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
- Snowmen at Night
- Merry Christmas Everybody (a Grover story)
- Corduroy’s Christmas
- The Littlest Christmas Tree
- Merry Christmas Curious George
- Chick n Pug Christmas
- Madeline in Texas
- Clifford’s First Christmas
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Paddington Bear and the Christmas Surprise
- My March to the Manger
How to display your books: Pinterest is full of ideas for this, but here are the ways I’ve done it.
2013: Wrapped each book and numbered them. Displayed them in Gretchen’s front facing bookshelf.
2014: Wrapped each book but did not number them. Placed them in a basket under the tree. Let Gretchen pick a random book each night. (She was 2 so telling her which book to choose was not gonna happen).
2015: Laziness won out and I did not wrap the books this year! Instead I put the name of each book in one of these little envelopes from an advent kit I got at Michaels on clearance last year. She will open the envelopes from 25 down to 1 (good way for her to practice her numbers!) and we will bring her the book from wherever we decide to stash them.
Anyone else do this tradition? Would love to know what books you use and how you display them!