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  1. We are doing something similar. I took 6 of each of our 4 kids favorite books while they weren’t looking. They got wrapped and numbered 1-24. They are now waiting under our tree. Tomorrow the youngest gets to open #1. Hopefully it’ll be fun.

    I purposely didn’t wrap Christmas books. I love our Christmas books so much I didn’t want them wrapped so I could read them over and over and over again throughout the entire season. I’m like that with Christmas music too. And – in full disclosure – I take the kids to WalMart the day after Halloween to look at the Christmas trees they have already set up. :0)

  2. Ok, I’m a little jealous of your traditions! Can we come do Christmas with you? 🙂 I’m still not sure what kind of traditions we’re going to have as a family, but thankfully with J being so little, we have time to develop them. It’s just especially hard since we travel to different homes every other year. Sometimes I don’t even feel like decorating our house since we won’t even be here, but I’m always glad I do so we can get into the Christmas spirit more at least. Thanks for sharing these. I looked up all the books you list. I love Tim Ladwig. I need to get a few more of his too. I only have Psalm 23 so far, but I love it. And Clown of God is fantastic. One of my favorites of dePaola.

    • You know you can come do Christmas with us anytime, even in July!!! It is hard to develop traditions when you’re never at home! We have found that once they are in place, they travel pretty well though, especially if you are careful to not make them dependent on any specific place. Two years ago, we were with my in-laws, and they absolutely loved participating in the things we do! My husband’s dad kept telling all his friends how much more meaningful his holiday had been and how he had learned all kinds of new things! It was actually pretty cool!

  3. Oh my goodness! What a great idea for advent. I am definitely using this next year, already thinking about it. I love the idea of “presents” under the tree and can imagine the fun as the family counts down with books! Thank you:)

  4. WOW! I had no idea there were so many advent books. We always had an advent calendar when we were young and my Kiddo did, too, but I don’t recall any books. Thanks for sharing this list and your ideas and traditions with everyone. Christmas at your house sounds like lots of fun.

  5. We do the same thing for Christmas and have many of the same books. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the titles on your list I haven’t read before! I’m always looking for more to add to our collection.

  6. I so want to hear more about your Jesus retreat and birthday party! I make bday cake for Jesus and then we sing happy birthday! :)Totally sounds like great and fun way to celebrate the real truth of Christmas! 🙂

  7. I finally found a copy of The Legend Of The Three Trees, and I’m so happy!! This was one of my favorite books as a little girl, and my mother read it to me every Christmas for the first decade of my life. And I love the new game you’re playing – we searched for baby Jesus, too. I’m looking forward to my daughter being old enough to do fun stuff like this.

  8. WOW! What wonderful resources you have gifted us, Tina. Not just the books but the ideas of yours and Amanda’s. May the peace and joy of the LORD float down upon your family as you wait of Him to arrive.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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