My favourite tradition for Christmas is to create an advent calendar of books and DVDs. It is so much better than chocolate or toys. I would love to say this year I have been really organised and already wrapped the books and decorated them but this is actually from last year.
I have a couple of ideas for this year so you will have to keep an eye on Instagram to see what we make.
I first saw the idea of wrapping books and opening them every day at advent on My Little Bookcase. I had a huge collection of Christmas books and it seemed such a lovely idea to unwrap them every day. I loved the idea of making them look really pretty so they become a part of the Christmas decorations. Last year I knew I wanted to make a Santa out of the books and films. This was perfect because you can easily see which are films and which are books.
To make a Santa Christmas Books Advent Calendar you need:
- 25 Christmas book
- Red and white wrapping paper
- Googly eyes
- paper plate
- red pom pom
- cotton wool
- Santa hat
Wrap the books in red and the DVDs in white or pink. Stack the red in a pile getting smaller towards the top. Add a neat pile of DVDs on the top.
Stick googly eyes onto the front.
Put the Santa hat on top.
To make the beard use a paper plate cut into a beard shape. Leave a flap to stick in between the books. Decorate with a pom pom nose and lots of fluffy white cotton wool.
Put the paper plate beard in between the books and DVDS
Then simply unwrap one a day at bedtime and enjoy some snuggly Christmas story times.
Books about Father Christmas
Here is a list of our favourite Father Christmas books.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement CY Moore
Dear Santa by Alan Durant
Dear Santa by Rod Campbell
How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow
Father Christmas Needs a Wee by Nicholas Allen
Hey Santa by Julie Sykes
Santa’s Busy Day (Board book)
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs
DVDs about Father Christmas
Santa Claus the Movie
Do you have any favourite book or films about Father Christmas?
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Here are our other posts to do with advent calendar books.
For our tree shaped advent calendar of Christmas books look here.
For our advent calendar of Christmas books and films look here.
For our Snowmen homemade advent calendar look here
For our list of favourite Christmas films look here.
For another alternative advent calendar have a look at this decoration idea from last year.
For all of our Christmas idea in one place – check out our Christmas activities for kids which I keep updated as I add a new idea.
3D Cardboard Christmas Tree Decorations craft for kids
Traditional Holiday Food
Christmas tree Christmas cards – an easy kids craft using twigs from a real Christmas tree.
Mini Christmas Cakes 3 ways. Cute mini cakes baked in a baked bean tin. These make lovely gifts.
Build your own cardboard box snowman
Make Snowmen from Milkshake Bottles
Nativity Scene Christmas Card for Kids
A Trip to Hatton’s Enchanted Christmas Kingdom
Last week of Term Survival kit gift box for teachers
10 Years of Magical Christmas at Drayton Manor