Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Storybook Countdown


This evening, in trying to be helpful,
(bless his heart)
my three-year-old was carrying a gallon of milk into the house after our grocery excursion
and accidentally dropped it on the floor.
The entire side of the gallon split open,
and before we could blink twice we had a glorious, cut-berber-shaggy lake of creamy milk
spreading across the family room.

Was there anything to do but laugh?
Well, laugh
and throw towels down
and thank Wesley for trying to help
and keep kids away from the mess
and call my mom
and borrow her carpet cleaner
to clean it all up.

But in the midst of all of that chaos, we had a moment of calm
after our weekly Family Home Evening.
We enjoyed the first day of our Christmas Storybook Countdown
and read The Polar Express by the glowing light of the Christmas tree.
Even Lincoln, who we affectionately label the "wiggly-wompus,"
sensed the calm and lay his head on Daddy's chest for at least 42 seconds to take part in the magic.

Later this week I'll be sharing some more of our family's Christmas traditions,
but this one is involved enough I thought it deserved a post of its own.
For the past couple of years, I've purchased Christmas & winter-themed picture books at garage sales, thrift stores, and library sales and added them to our collection.
Each year, at the beginning of December, I wrap 24 books and place them beneath the tree.
Most of the books are kept with the Christmas decorations, so they are novel even though only a couple of new ones are added each year.
And each night, we unwrap a numbered gift and sit next to the Christmas tree and enjoy the story together.
My little ones absolutely love this tradition!
As the books are unwrapped, we place them in a basket for them to read as they wish throughout the month.

Here are the books currently in our collection:

A Book for Bramble
The Snowy Day
The Christmas Day Kitten
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Mitten
The Night Before Christmas
The Polar Express
Fancy Nancy--Splendiferous Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
One Special Star
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Can You See What I See? Night Before Christmas
The Sweetest ChristmasThe Friendly Beasts
The Animals' Christmas Eve
The Christmas Story
Merry Christmas, Curious George
The Biggest Snowman Ever
Frosty the Snowman
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree That Grew
Santa's Toy Shop
The Littlest Christmas Elf
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
How Big is a Million?
Little Children's Christmas Music Book
Very First Christmas Carols (board book)
Santa Flap Book (board book)


I know I'm missing Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas--I'm still hoping to come across that one soon. Any other suggestions or glaring omissions from my list?
What are your favorite Christmas stories?

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