With five young kids, we are constantly on the lookout for new Christmas traditions. We hope that as we try them out over these young years, a handful might stick and become favorites for everyone.
I’ll admit that I enjoyed Elf on the Shelf the first year we did it. It was quite fun to think of creative things to do with little Hermie (yes, we let the kids name him). But year two wasn’t nearly so fun. It’s hard to do creative things with them when you have two cats that are likely to mess it up during the night and I think I was just running out of creative juice for it.
But this tradition came along with Hermie thanks to my mother-in-law. It was the first year we’d moved away from out hometown and she generously collected and wrapped the 25 books for the kids. After the season was over, we returned the books to her and she did the same thing the following year. Now that we live MUCH further away than we did that first year, I get to do all the wrapping (hubby even helped!). While we’ve read the same set these first few years, I foresee that in future years, a few of the books may rotate as we collect more holiday-themed ones. In the meantime, my mother-in-law has awesome taste in books and it’s been fun to see which ones the kids remember and Josh and I already have favorites that we look forward to reading. And bonus for the two that are recorded books! The kids absolutely adore the two nights that Nanny reads them the book! It’s a great way for long-distance family to share in the warmth of the season even when they can’t be there.
Curious about which books we’ll be reading this month? Here’s the list!
What are your family’s favorite Holiday books?