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Make Your Own Christmas Book Advent Calendar

You may have seen our post recently about Advent Calendar's for kids who don't like chocolate. We included lots of alternatives but there was one advent calendar that we didn't include and it's one we have each year - Our make your own Christmas Stories Advent Calendar.  I look forward to make this each year and it's very simple and little J loves it. He loves books whether it is trying to read them himself or a bedtime story and having a book advent calendar is a perfect treat to open just before bedtime. 

Wrapped Books
Christmas books
How To Make Your Own Book Advent Calendar

Making the advent calendar is very simple all you need is
24 Christmas or Winter Stories
Wrapping Paper
Scissors
Sellotape
Sticky Labels numbered 1-24

Once you have the 24 books all you need to do is wrap them up and number them with the sticky labels from 1-24. Pop them in a box or tub and place in your child's bedroom. 

Each night once their  bedtime routine is finished they can open up a story to read before bed.

Christmas Books
The best thing about making your own Christmas Book Advent Calendar is you do not need to buy 24 new books each year. Most of the books we use are from previous years but as we only get them out at Christmas time little J still gets excited as he can't remember most of them so it's like a new story. 

Christmas Books
As the years have gone by we have added a few new stories to his advent calendar as he may be too old for some of the books he previously had but the majority he's had for years. 

Christmas time is so special and this is a lovely way to read about Winter and Christmas before bedtime to add to the excitement.

Christmas Books
You can always add some little treats to the advent calendar too. Maybe a pack of cookies to enjoy with a glass of milk or a chocolate coin.

I like to start with a few Winter Stories for the first few nights and then build up to the Christmas stories and I always make sure 'The Night Before Christmas' is numbered '24' so we can read it together on Christmas Eve. 

Have you created your own book advent calendar? If you are looking for some inspiration I have added our favourites here. 

Do you have any Christmas books? What are your favourites?

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21 comments:

  1. Great post, thanks for sharing! The Snowman has to be my all time favourite book, and love the cartoon too. Now I have the song in my head!

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  2. So many lovely festive books here! Id' say that our favourites are The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, Stick Man and Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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  3. The best Christmas book I ever read to my nephew was "Father Christmas needs a Wee" totally brilliant lol x

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  4. Oh what a wonderful selection of books! We have a few of these, but they all look awesome and very festive! (I can't believe there's a Kevin the Carrot book now though! Haha) And yes I agree, we are saving The Night Before Christmas for Christmas Eve too! :) xx

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  5. We have a few of these but some I have never seen - I love the sound of Socks for Santa. It sounds like such a cute read! We're reading the Christmasaurus again this year!

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  6. What a great selection of Christmassy books! I did a book advent for my two last year and they loved having a new bedtime story each night. I definitely have my eye on the Kevin the carrot book this year lol!

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  7. A great selection of books. We have the 'Santa is coming to Brighton' version! Reminds me we should do more Christmas reading :)

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  8. Awww, we did book advent when my girls were younger, and they absolutely LOVED it! They're a bit too old for it now, but I kinda miss our nightly festive book reading. Don't miss all the wrapping though... ;) x

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  9. I loved a good Christmas book when I was younger. My favourite was one personalised with my name in it!

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  10. What a fantastic idea! I have never done a book themed advent calendar before but it does sound like a great idea for children

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  11. Can't beat a lovely Christmas book. I loved The Snowman and Father Christmas when I was very young.

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  12. Such a brilliant idea! I always mean to do it every year but never do, whoops. I have got a handful of Christmas books I could start with though

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  13. This is such a lovely idea! I wish we had done something similar when my two were little. We did have some lovely winter books

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  14. We’ve done this a few times now and the girls absolutely love it . Such a great idea isn’t it

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  15. I think this is such a great idea and a fun way to countdown to Christmas, especially if you read a story every night normally x

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  16. I like the sound of a book advent calendar, it's so much better than chocolate calendar and so useful to get a great collection of books for the child to read through out the year.

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  17. We also do a book advent and the kids love it. We love reading Christmas books at this time of year and even though we have a hamper full we like to get new ones every year.

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  18. This is such a good idea!!!! Don't get me wrong, my children love chocolate but they get a lot from grandparents and it's nice to give a bit of variety, espeically as I'm a big book lover!

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  19. What magical books and a great idea to come up with this advent calendar. Its so important to encourage children to read

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  20. That is a lovely idea, I bought so many books in the black friday event that I have enough to make an advent calendar

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