There is no better time of year to snuggle up with your children and read than the holidays. Christmas break is fast approaching and for our family, we are skipping winter vacation this year since the babies are still so young. Our plan is to savor the downtime and enjoy being together with no place to go for a few weeks. For Christmas, we limit our kids present to four main presents, as we know that friends and family (I'm looking at you Gigi and The Dude) will spoil my sons rotten. We adhere to the "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read," philosophy.
I have handed down a number of books to my oldest son, who is just about to turn five, and his absolute favorite book is a pop-up version of The Nutcracker. This version is a little hard to come by, but if you can find it, it is just beautiful. It has a charming vintage and nostalgic feel to it. Another book from my childhood that I adored and am so happy my boys enjoy too is a series called "The Jolly Postman," and in December we like to read The Jolly Christmas Postman. Another beautiful book is A Christmas Wish. This whimsical book is for an older child, but it made my husband and I fondly recall all of our Christmases spent in living in Europe. The pictures will capture your child's imagination and the story will make you both smile. Another wonderful children's book to read all snuggled up together is My First Treasury of Snowy Stories this is a collection of fiftee short stories all about cute little animals and their winter time adventures. The pictures in this book delight the babies and the stories keep our older child engaged, so all in all a wonderful family book. Another book that is new to our collection this year is Twas The Evening Before Christmas is a biblical version of beloved Christmas classic Twas The Night Before Christmas. We enjoy reading both versions immensely, one puts the focus of the story on baby Jesus's birth, while the classic book is all about jolly old Saint Nick. By now I am sure you can recognize the pattern that we simply love the classics, and another one I read to my oldest is the epitome of classic. A Child's Christmas in Wales is another nostaigic book for me, my mother read this to my brother and me time and time again when we were children. The last book on our list is also the book that is newest to us, Walk This World at Christmas Time. This colorful book is a fun peek into how people from other parts of the world celebrate the holidays. There are lots of flaps to lift and exciting traditions to learn about; this book was a big hit with my boys.
I hope you have many happy and cozy days with your children reading and enjoying each others company. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or simply winter solstice, I hope it is a beautiful time where many happy memories are made. Happy Christmas to all.
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