For the past few years I have seen a great idea on Clean and Scentsible for doing a Christmas book advent. I loved the idea and have been planning since last year to make this happen. I ordered extra books from my son’s Scholastic book order, purchased a clearance bin at Kmart to put the books in, and even purchased extra wrapping paper on sale.

Christmas Book Advent Countdown

Basically the idea is you wrap up 24 (or 12) Christmas and winter holiday books. Each night, your kids get to unwrap a book. It is a fun way to introduce new or beloved books to your kids. Plus, everyone loves to unwrap presents! And I am loving everything countdown or advent lately. This year I even sewed a new, special activities advent calendar.

I had planned to share this activity with you sooner, but we have been so busy and had a run of illnesses in our house. You still have a little time to do this for the last 12 days of Christmas or even save it for next year!

Start by printing the 12 days Advent stickers.

Christmas Countdown

I used some sticker paper I received from World Label. It is a solid sheet, so whatever you print on it becomes a sticker.

print out countdown stickers

I used a scallop punch that was 1 1/2″ to cut out each sticker. It is easiest if you pre-cut the stickers into strips to easily place your punch. These labels were designed to be used with any circle punch from 1″ – 2″.

punch out stickers using a 1 to 2 inch punch

Wrap up each of your books. We had actually been doing this since the first, so I originally had 24 wrapped books. If your book collection is smaller, you can easily just wrap up books for the 12 days of Christmas. You can use these number stickers to count down or up. I have them counting down with the very last one (number one) being the book, “The Night Before Christmas” to be read on December 24.

wrapped books

I used some of my ‘Merry Christmas’ washi tape to wrap my books. I didn’t need to use up all my regular tape, and it makes the books a little more festive!

washi tape gift wrapping

Place your books in a basket, and open one each night.

Christmas Books Advent Countdown countdown stickers on books Book Countdown Basket

What are your must read books for the Christmas/winter holidays?

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