I remember my favorite Christmas book when I was a child. My brother and I would fight take turns scratching the smelly sticker on the page. Anyone remember which book I’m talking about?
The Sweet Smell of Christmas (afflink) is a cute book that brings back many memories for me as a child. Though it doesn’t focus on the real reason for Christmas (aka Santa is in there), many of things the little bears did were things our family did to get ready for Christmas. Plus we thought the scratch-and-sniff stickers were cool!
A couple years ago I adopted the tradition of purchasing at least one new-to-us Christmas book to be read in December. This year we’re up to 15 books. Many people who have this tradition in their homes wrap each book up and place under the tree (or special box) so that the children pick one book out a day. It is used like a book count-down calendar.
I’ll admit it– I hate wrapping presents so wrapping each book just wasn’t going to happen. I store all our Christmas books in a wrapped box. This is last year’s picture, but the box survived the packing and still looks the same. My kids and I enjoy looking at the books all through the month. I like the “surprise” element of individually wrapped books though, so I thought about how I could add the surprise while still knowing what books we would be doing. Makes sense right? Plus I wanted a way to document the book-making memories we were creating and find a way to include books we read or listened to on the iPad. So I came up with a new system that we are going to try out this year.
What were some of your favorite Christmas books as a child?