Is anyone else noticing the lack of a theme or any consistency at all with my Twelve Days of Christmas blog post titles? If I were smart like Heather, I would come up with things that actually come in the number of the blog post title. Maybe next year I’ll plan ahead a little better. ; )
If you’ve ever visited this blog before, you know it’s mostly about books. A couple of weeks ago I read about the Blog Advent Tour 2008 on Semicolon blog, and I decided that it would be fun to participate. In the spirit of the the tour, I thought I’d share one of my favorite traditions here at the house of Hope. When my eldest daughter was born (and actually before that since I was an elementary librarian before her birth), I started collecting Christmas books for our Christmas book basket. My intention was to bring these books out only at Christmas, wrap them all individually, and let my girls open one a day until Christmas or until we run out. Although some days in our busy-ness we forget (since there is no shortage of books in the Hope house to begin with), most days the girls really enjoy the anticipation and the fun of opening presents early. Not all of the books are high-quality literature, of course; we have our share of twaddle in our Christmas book basket, but there are plenty of noteworthy titles in there, as well. Here are some of our favorites:
Really, who can resist Jan Brett’s beautiful artwork? Truly, every page is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. This anthology of picture books contains The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. This is a must-have!
With simple pictures, rhymes, repitition, and a board-book format, this one is perfect for toddlers. The answer to the question is, of course, Baby Jesus.
Who could resist a story about Kind Ox, Old Dog, Stray Cat, Small Mouse, Tired Donkey, and a special Little One? This story, with its soft illustrations, is the sweetest of all.
Written in the format of “This is the House That Jack Built,” this rhyming story unfolds the Nativity story beautifully and peacefully.
Our Christmas book basket is a much anticipated (at least by me) tradition in our home. If you’re interested in reading about others’ traditions or Christmas activities, be sure to check out the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Advent Blog Tour!