So we have the Christmas Book Box with 25 days of Christmas books (27 this year, but I'll get to that soon!). Last year was the first year we had this box. My daughter was 1.5 and she had a great time with it, but really wanted to open all the books at the same time. This year I'm really excited about it because she understands the idea of opening one at a time, plus we have more books than we did last year.
|Bought the crate at Michael's and spray painted it red,|
then added the writing. The first line is her name,
which I don't share on this blog, so it has been blurred out.
Now I understand that you're probably thinking I'm crazy and that I'm buying her 25 new Christmas books every year. No no no. We didn't even buy 25 last year. I bought three and inherited 16 others. We only did 19 days and no one cares. This year we had those same 19, plus I bought a few after Christmas and also my mom found a bunch at a yard sale or something. In addition, I bought her some books on other holiday traditions so she can be exposed to more than just Christian based holidays.
So we ended up with quite a lot of books (more than I had anticipated) and I came home on Sunday from spending some time up at school working and my husband had wrapped them all up for me! Of course he didn't know about the new ones I bought a month or so ago and so added those and realized that we had 27--not 25. Oh well. A few extra days is no big deal. Then I found all those books my mom gave me last year and we just added those into our crate unwrapped.
The great thing about this is that at this point we are pretty set for the next few years with Christmas books and won't have to purchase any until she outgrows them. Even then we'll keep the ones we love and add in a new one now and then. They're become traditions that our daughter will look forward to reading and remember from year to year. It's our own little advent calendar.
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