It's easy - find 25 books and wrap them. Each night in December, through Christmas Day, you unwrap and read one (and maybe re-read some of the others). From what I can tell most people try to choose all holiday books, and build up their collection over time, filling in with library books in the meantime. You definitely don't need to go out and buy 25 new books, though that sure would be fun, wouldn't it?
As soon as I read her post, I knew we had to do this. I love the idea of an Advent calendar to build up the excitement of the holidays and have little tiny surprises to look forward to each day. However, I didn't want one full of candy, and the Lego ones seem overpriced for what you get. We have tons of ornaments for our Christmas tree already, so adding 25 new ones didn't seem like a good idea either. The book idea is perfect.
I don't think we need 25 books about Christmas since we're not Christian, so I broadened the list to also include other winter holidays and winter itself, books about reading, books about giving and love, and a few family favorites.
|The First 3: numbered, and with little hints/notes about each one.|
I also had a few books set aside for T because she wasn't ready for them, so I've included those. I know she'll love opening them, and she's really into counting right now, so tonight she was already looking for the book with the "1" on it, so she'd know where to start.
I combed through our books over the last few days and put the ones I wanted to use in a box in our closet. I had to sneak some out of T's room when she was at preschool. Three year olds ask a lot of questions.
I chose two different rolls of gift wrap to make it look more interesting - one with cute winter birds and the other just a plain silver. Today I started wrapping, and man, was it slow. I'm bad at gift wrapping, and sadly, the paper is cheap and tears really easily. I've made a solemn resolution to no longer buy cheap Target gift wrap. Only the good stuff from now on. It's just too frustrating otherwise.
Gift wrapping and adhering the number tags is a great use for washi tape, since I have so much of it. The patterned tape looks great on plain gift wrap, too.
I have a ridiculous collection of number stickers so I used those for the number tags on each gift. Of course, I don't have enough of any one sticker type to do all the numbers, so they'll be delightfully mismatched. It's what snooty people call "eclectic", right?
I got 13 of them done while both girls napped today (omg! at the same time even!). I'm waiting for Olive the Other Reindeer from Amazon, and need to order a second book, because I want the books on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be new. I'll finish the rest this week.
Book Number One is one of my favorites, Owl Babies. My plan is to have us all sit together in the living room, or in T's room before bed, and read. We need to start reading more to BabyM anyway, and I like the idea of us all snuggling together to read.
If you have recos for strong pretty gift wrap, please leave it in the comments. The Target stuff is not working. I also could use a recommendation for a great kid's book that's non-holiday related, suitable for preschoolers. Something not well known would be great as we have most of the classics and popular ones. Thanks in advance!