One of the best loved traditions for this time of year is reading holiday books together as a family. Yet, it seems to have gotten lost in the hectic pace of the holiday preparations and the need to find a new place for an elf. The holiday countdown has turned into activities that are less oriented towards spending time together and the true meaning of the season.
If you haven’t turned reading into a holiday tradition, give it a try. Don’t forget to include grandparents and aunts and uncles too. They would love some quite; cuddle time with the children in their lives.
Here’s an easy way to turn reading together into a holiday tradition.
- Get 25 holiday related books. Purchase, borrow from the library or swap with other families.
- Wrap them and place them near the tree with a fluffy blanket and stuffed toy to cuddle with.
- Each day, starting on Dec 1st, take one of the books and find time to read them and cuddle together.
- When all the books are gone, it’s Christmas!
One hint: If you are borrowing from the library, place them on the top of the pile so you can return them on time.
To help you get started, here’s a link to a well compiled list of some of the best children’s books for Christmas: http://childrensbooksguide.com/featured/30-best-christmas-books
The tradition can be done for Hanukkah too! Here are some favorites to enjoy doing the festival. http://www.jta.org/2015/11/05/arts-entertainment/the-5-best-new-hanukkah-books-for-children