Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar – A Story Count Down to Christmas
While this idea is not “Typisch Deutsch” (typical German) it’s something I did for years while my kids were small, and I thought it might be nice to pass along my idea for a Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar.
Years ago I got a great idea for all the Christmas Story Books in our house! I decided to box them all up so I didn’t have to read about the Gingerbread Man in July…. really… does anyone want to do that? And I realized there were enough to read one or 2 every night before Christmas… An idea began to percolate…
As you know, we love Advent Calendars in our home, and we have a few… Advent Calendar’s with Chocolates, Advent Calendars with little Animals, Advent Calendars with Playmobil Figurines, and even a Quilted Advent Calendar Christmas Tree with an Ornament for Every Day. My family anticipates Christmas with a vengeance!
Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar
So… now we have a Story Christmas Advent Calendar. It’s a box of Christmas books, and a reading is assigned to each day. Either one or two picture books, or a chapter or two of a slightly longer story.
Our family has a lot of favorite Christmas Story Books, and some favorite Authors and Illustrators. You can make this with English or German Christmas Stories… or mix things up and have some of each.
I love the together time at the end of our busy days leading up to Christmas. It slows life down a bit, brings us together, centers our lives on a story, and ends our day on a sweet note.
Assemble Your Box of Christmas Books
How to Make the Story Book Advent Calendar Work
The Christmas book box doesn’t need to be a fancy box…we use a regular file box. Your kids can decorate it with crayons or colored paper.
Get a list of the Christmas books you own, and assign them to a date. If you are reading chapter books, determine how much you would read in a given evening, and write the page numbers on your chart or calendar. Story Books work the same way, assign one or two stories to each day in December leading up to Christmas Eve.
Post Your Chart or Calendar.
Every night, read the assigned reading, and cross the day off of the Calendar.
It’s as simple as that!
For an Even BIGGER Advent Surprise!
Want to make it even more special?
Wrap each book in your Christmas Story Box in pretty wrapping paper, and give it a number... then, just like opening a door on the Advent Calendar, the kids can open up the book for the day! (This always seemed like a bit more work than I was up for… but, if you love wrapping, and bought a lot of gift wrap on sale after Christmas last year… GO FOR IT!)
Another option is to put each book into a cloth bag with a number… you could use the bags over and over….
Printable December Calendar
Click this link to get a free blank–> Printable December Calendar
Bilingual German/English Christmas Story Books
These books have the story in English and Germany… or just some German Words for instruction. I love the Oma and Opa books from Kevin Donovan.
Children’s German: Jojo’s Christmas Day. Jojo’s Weihnachtsfest (Christmas book): Children’s English-German Picture book (Bilingual Edition), Childrens … Jojo Series) (Volume 25) (German Edition)Children’s German books: Where is Santa. Wo ist der Weihnachtsmann: Children’s English-German Picture book (Bilingual Edition) (German Edition),German … for children: Easter, Christmas etc. 1)A Christmas Carol – Der Weihnachtsabend: Bilingual parallel text – Zweisprachige Ausgabe: English – German / Englisch – Deutsch (German and English Edition)The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus: Bilingual Edition: German – English (German Edition)Oma and Me: A Christmas Story
German Christmas Story Books
Order Christmas Story Books from Germany
Der ganze Wald freut sich auf Weihnachten: Weihnachtsgeschichte für Kinder ab 4Glöckchen, das Weihnachtspony – Das Wunder vom Nordpol: Weihnachtsgeschichte für Kinder ab 8Die kleine Glocke, die nicht läuten wollte: Eine WeihnachtsgeschichteDer kleine Igel feiert WeihnachtenWas machen wir an Weihnachten? (Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? junior, Band 44)
Christmas Stories in English from German Authors
On Christmas EveThe Christmas AngelsLittle Fairy’s ChristmasThe Story of the Snow Children: Mini editionCobweb Christmas: The Tradition of TinselRichard Scarry’s The Animals’ Merry Christmas (Little Golden Book)NutcrackerDream Snow
Other Beautiful Christmas Story Books