There’s a massive pile of laundry waiting to get folded in our bedroom, and there’s also a sink full of dishes that need to get washed, but guess what? We decorated our Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music (yes, I know–it’s not even Thanksgiving yet–but I couldn’t help myself)! That’s actually what inspired me to write blog post: I was unpacking our decor boxes and I opened up our bin of Christmas books that I’ve slowly collected over the years that we like reading to the kids during this time of year. I figured why not share some of our favorite kids’ Christmas books along with some of our advent activities that are great for the whole family!
Favorite Kid’s Christmas Books
- Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones : This is a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated book about the Christmas story. The author does an amazing job at eliciting the wonder and anticipation that’s wrapped up in welcoming Jesus. (This is for sure one of my personal faves.)
- The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Jan and Mike Berenstain : If you’re around my age then Berenstain Bear books for sure throw you back into time. I love this one about the joy of giving during Christmas time. It’s a great way to have a conversation with your kids about giving versus just being excited about receiving gifts. Cool points: There are activities and questions at the end of the book to help you engage with your kiddos and to put giving into action.
- The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen : Ezra has read this one year round because I forgot to pack it away. The rhyming in this book is great for learning vocab! It’s a fun book that helps teach kids that sometimes the most meaningful gifts are the ones that you make and part of the joy of this season is being with the ones you love.
- Twas the Evening of Christmas by Glenys Nellist : This is a Christmas Story take on Dr. Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. The illustrations are lovely, and the author does an amazing job and instilling the awe and anticipation that is baby Jesus coming into the world.
- God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren : In this book, Mama Bear helps Little Cub figure out what the best Christmas present of all and shows him how much God loves him. This is one of Aria’s favorites; she’s familiar with Little Cub because she has a number of other books from the God Gave Us series.
- Who is Coming to Our House by Joseph Slate : This story is written from the perspective of the animals that were a part of the nativity as they talk about and prepare for Someone special who’s coming. The cadence of this book makes it great for little ones!
- Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman : This is an adorable story about a little mouse who makes his home in the manger of a toy nativity scene. To his dismay, he finds that the nativity set is set back up each night and baby Jesus is returned to the manger, which he finds completely frustrating until he gets to hear the Christmas story.
- Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer : This story is written from the perspective of one the camels on which the three wise men rode as they were traveling to see baby Jesus. This book shares the importance of Christmas and shows kids what true gift-giving is.
Advent Activities for the Family
If you’ve scrolled your Instagram feed lately, I’m sure you’ve seen a bunch of different Advent-related activities for the family. I wanted to share some specifically that we’re using this year and a few that I think would be great options (AKA I wish I had, but I need to refrain =p).
- The Giving Manger : This is the first year that we’ll be doing this, and I’m excited to to incorporate this into our Christmas traditions. This interactive manger set teaches kids the spirit of giving and service. Each day, you get to add straw (each piece represents an act of service) to the manger. And at the very end, you get to place baby Jesus into the manger that’s full of service.
- This is the Christmas Story : This is our newest Christmas book addition to our collection. Each page features Scripture that’s relevant to the Christmas story and shares the promise of God sending His son.
- Names of Jesus Advent Calendar : This advent calendar features 24 different names of God that are designed by hand. Each card also has corresponding scripture that goes along with it. You’ll also receive an e-mail that gives more insight into the name and meaning of each card. (I think I’m going to go ahead and get this. It’ll be mini daily devotionals as well as the perfect decor for one of our walls.)
- Advent 2019 Legacy Book : This is a part of the He Reads Truth collection. This book contains 4 weeks of Scripture readings, along with an advent activity calendar, four holiday recipes, reflection questions for the new year, and five mini cards for Scripture memorization. (I got this one for Dave.)
- Gathre Advent Calendar : Behold, let all of your minimalist dreams come true with this advent calendar! Each slot is 4×4 inches, and you can fill these however you’d like: notes, candy, ornaments, and other doo-dads! (This is definitely going on my list for next year!)
- Kids Read Truth Advent Conversation Cards : These cards were designed for kids 3+, so Aria will get to use these this year! There are 25 discussion cards that include scripture reading and questions (different questions for children of different ages).
- Advent 2019 Study Book: This is from the She Reads Truth collection. Similar to the Legacy book, this book contains 4 weeks worth of scripture study, 6 yummy recipes, an advent activity calendar, scripture memorization cards, and new year reflection questions. This is the book I’ll be going through this Advent. I purchased it in a set along with the Kids Advent Conversation Cards and the Legacy book for Dave.
I hope these lists give you some new ideas for the Christmas season! 🙂
Tell me in the comments below what some of your family’s favorite Christmas books are. Do you have any Advent activities you do during this time of year? I’d love to know!