He who hasn’t Christmas in his heart will never find it under the tree.

~ Roy L. Smith

A Christmas countdown is part of our yearly Christmas traditions. I just love advent calendars and the excitement that mounds as our family counts the days down to Christmas. I love the visual representation of advent calendars and count down activities; they help us see that Christmas is, indeed, getting near.

One of my all time favorite Christmas countdowns is using books. (Of course.) 🙂

A Bookish Christmas Countdown

By gift wrapping used or new books and allowing your child to open a book a day to read aloud together, you will certainly motivate them to read and create lasting memories. It is a terrific tradition that instills the love of books as well as growing literacy skills.

Christmas countdown

Here is how the Christmas countdown works:

  1. Gather 25 or 26 books depending upon what day you intend to begin your countdown. The books can be new or used. Choose books that interest your family.

    Check out this list if you would like some Christmas picture book suggestions.

  2. Gift wrap each book. You can stack them into a tree shape like the photo or label each book with the date it is to be opened. Do whatever suits your family and have fun with it.Christmas countdown

  3. Each day have your child unwrap one book to read aloud together. Do this each day until you reach Christmas. It is so fun! 🙂

For certain, this is 25 ways to motivate your child to read. Cherish the time together and happy reading. 🙂

You may also enjoy:  3 Steps to Helping Your Child Be A Better Reader

What are some of your favorite advent traditions?

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