How to make a Christmas Book a Day Advent calendar for kids that is sure to start an annual tradition.
As a grandparent, you want to find some lasting traditions with your grandkids but are not with them every single day.
Advent is the four+ weeks leading up to Christmas. (Technically it begins four Sundays prior to Christmas day).
This year, we decided to give our grandkids the gift of reading.
Books are overflowing at our house. We still have books from when our adult children were little kids and added to the stash when we had our third child who is now a teenager.
The decision to make an advent calendar for our grandkids was completely last minute but I am so glad we made it.
First, I ran through the house trying to find all of our Christmas or Religious books that we had. I came up with around 9 books total.
My plan was to go to the store or the thrift store and find some more books to add to the stack. But, if you remember, this was pretty last minute so there was no time for that.
We have so many books that I didn’t think it was a bad thing to add regular reading books into the mix. The grands love to be read to and they are still very young. When they are older, I will be better prepared for this tradition…I hope!
A bonus is that I found some amazing books that my grandkid’s dad wrote in when he was little. Such a fun thing to find and pass down to his children!
The second thing that we did was to wrap the books. I used whatever we had on hand to wrap them. Most of the wrapping was from craft paper. Then I used the rest of a roll of wrapping paper that was almost empty. Whatever you have is fine for this.
Some people don’t wrap at all. They place the books in a paper bag to grab from daily. This also works!!
After the books were all wrapped, I wrote the numbers 1 through 24 on the front of each book. I asked our 3 year old grandson to help color on them but after a couple, he was sidetracked and decided to chase the dog instead!! 😂
So most of them only have the numbers on them, which is perfectly fine for this grandma. As long as we got a little bit of coloring time in, we’re good.
We needed a place to store the gifts since we don’t see the grandkids every day, so we chose to decorate an old vintage suitcase with fake snow and lights and place the presents inside.
If you would like to see how we decorated the rest of the house using vintage finds, you can find that here.
This was a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations and it was a perfect place to hold the presents until the grandkids are here again.
At first, I was worried about doing an Advent Calendar for kids that are not here every day. But the beauty of it is that every time they are here, they can open 2 or more presents.
I am also looking forward to reading the books that I am so familiar with to the grandkids. They bring back so many memories!
If you don’t have that many books lying around but only want Christmas or Christian books, I have a few suggestions for you.
If you plan on doing an Advent Calendar for kids book a day next year, I suggest you shop around and collect the books as you find them. Order through Amazon or e-Bay if your local store no longer carries children’s Christmas books.
Don’t forget your local consignment or thrift stores! You all know how much we love them and many save Christmas-themed items all year to put out at this time. Sometimes you can also find more ideas for another advent calendar for kids at the flea market!
Use the Library
When I check out books at my library, I am able to request an extension when I check them out. Instead of 2 weeks, the library will manually check books out to me for 8 weeks, no renewals required. This allows plenty of time to celebrate Advent with fun, never-before-seen books without spending any money.
You may be able to do likewise, check with your librarian!
If you need more ideas for advent calendars, check out my friend’s sites for awesome inspiration!!
Simple Purposeful Living: Erin’s fun and easy advent activities for families has so many cute ideas. In fact, one of the ideas is how I came up with the advent calendar book a day.
Nuggetlands: The Act in Advent event is a beautiful way to give this season. You should definitely check it out and sign up!
Glitter On a Dime: Heather has made the cutest Advent Calendar made entirely from her Cricut. So adorable!