I get a lot of emails asking about how I go about our Advent Activities and our Christmas Traditions so I thought I would share a little more about some of them in a bit more detail.

I am a lover of Traditions. They are, to me, one of the most important things I can impart onto our children. So over the next few weeks I will share some of them with you.

Yesterday, being the first of December, we started our Advent Calendar which I showed you in this post here

Day 1 for us is ALWAYS “read some Christmas stories” {you can download this and other advent activity cards from here} because each year on the first day of December, it is a family tradition that my children receive a new Christmas book each. 

I pick one that I know they will love and my husband or I will write a dedication in each book and date it. Sometimes we add a little about what this year has been like, what they’re loving and what they’re not, and always write that we are so proud of them, because we are. 

I wrap them and give them as a little gift. This year I tried out a doily snow flake with brown kraft paper – cute :o} Even if the snowflake doesn’t really look like a snowflake. Shhhh.

The idea is that not only do they get a special new book to treasure but when they are all grown up and starting their own families, they will each already have a nice collection of Christmas books that are theirs. :o} And they will have a little note inside that they can read back over, and that their children will one day get to read, too.

My kids LOVE books. And I LOVE that they LOVE books. 

This year we chose The Polar Express for Noah because he absolutely loves the movie and the story and I knew he’d love to have the book version. For Chloe we chose the Twelve Days of Christmas as we only had the Aussie version plus I could not go past the gorgeous illustrations!

We added them to our Christmas book basket so they’re ready and waiting for when we sit down to read them. Just because today’s advent activity was to read some Christmas stories doesn’t mean we don’t read them on the other days. It’s just that on the 1st of December they will each have a new Christmas book to read :o}

Do you have any traditions around Christmas books? Maybe you have some from your childhood too? What did you do as your first Advent activity yesterday?