25 Days of Christmas Books for Children

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25 Days of Christmas Reading List!

We’re starting a new tradition in December and I’m really looking forward to it! Our 25 days of Christmas books for children was created out of a desire to slow the month of December down and focus on what is truly important. I want to spend a lot of fun time with the children, building memories and doing meaningful things with them.

Every day in December we are going to read one book together. What makes it super special is that the book will be wrapped up with a number on it, and they get to unwrap the book that goes along with the day. Most of them will be about Jesus and his birth, but others will be on wintertime, or Christmas in general. We don’t do anything with Santa Clause so I don’t have books included with him in them.

I was able to request all of these through my library, so definitely check into that!

Our 25 Days of Christmas Book List

A Christmas Goodnight Book

1. A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck

“On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.”

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.”

The Big Snow Book

3. The Big Snow by Berta Hadar

“The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way.”

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey

4. Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd

(We are not Catholic so I might edit this book slightly if I need to, I’m not sure yet)

“When Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals, encounters a donkey who is unhappy with his lot in life, Francis tells him a story that heals. True, long ago God punished the mischievous animal by giving him long ears, a loud bray, and heavy burdens to bear. Yet God gave the donkey something wonderful, too. For who was it that carried Mary to Bethlehem across rugged mountains and burning desert sand? And in the stable, who warmed the Baby Jesus with his breath? Whose love and devotion on the trip from Nazareth outshone even the gifts of the wise men?”

This Is the Stable

5. This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten

“Wondrous things are happening in the stable. The animals are gathering. Shepherds and wise men and angels are coming from afar. All of them are flocking to see the Christ child, born this night in Bethlehem.”

6. The Tale of the Three Trees: A Traditional Folklore by Angela Hunt

(While they say it is an Easter book I’m going to use it for Christmas!)

“Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.”

Marlee's Surprise

7. Marmee’s Surprise, A Little Woman story by Monica Kulling

“Each of the four March sisters is special in her own unique way. Meg is a dreamer, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and thoughtful, and Amy is a bundle of energy. But despite their differences, the girls pull together to get through a difficult winter holiday. Based on the first chapter of the enduring classic Little Women, this enchanting retelling will introduce a new generation of “little women” to the works of Louisa May Alcott.  “

Lift the Flap Nativity

8. Usborne Lift the Flap Nativity by Felicity Brooks

(My older ones will have to be patient this night – this is a book best for my 2 and 4 year old)

“This illustrated volume provides a sensitive telling of the nativity story which aims to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery in very young children. The detail of this flap book incorporates details such as mice hiding in the corner of baby Jesus’ manger.”

The Story of Christmas

9. The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton

“Deeply reverent, richly detailed, and teeming with life, Dalton’s images follow the story of the Nativity from the appearance of the Angel, to the shepherds who came from the fields, and to the three wise men who followed the star to pay respect for their new king. Working in a Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition, rich with lovingly rendered animals and figures, Pamela Dalton has created a book that takes a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Christmas.”

Room for a Little One

10. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale  by Martin Waddell

“On a cold winter night, Kind Ox invites one visitor after another into the shelter of his stable–Old Dog, Stray Cat, and Small Mouse, who rest together in harmony. When Tired Donkey appears, he brings with him Mary and Joseph, and all of the animals welcome Jesus when He is born.”

Through the Animals Eyes

11. Through the Animal’s Eyes: A Story Of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell

“From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.”

The Legend of the Candy Cane

12. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

(I’m going to get miniature candy canes and let them eat them while I read them the story!)

“One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?”

God Gave Us Christmas

13. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

“As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…Jesus is the best present of all.”

Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

14. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

“Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.”

The Crippled Lamb

15. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

“In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way.”

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

16. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado

“Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. “

Tonight you are my baby

17. Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift by Jeannine Norris

“The miracle of Christmas began with a mother holding her child, filled with boundless love. Now the warmth and spirit of the first Christmas come alive in this Nativity retelling, perfect for mothers to share with their own little ones.”

Listen to the Silent Night

18. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Mackall

“It was not such a silent night when Baby Jesus was born. From the baa, baa, baaof sheep to the flut-flut-flutter of angel wings, it was actually quite noisy! “

One Wintry Night

19. One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham Bell

“A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God’s redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story.”

One Shining Star

20. One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book by Anne Kennedy

“Help your child learn to count using the most beloved story of all—Jesus’ birth! With gentle rhyme and number fun from 1 to 10, this book is full of shepherds, kings angels, animals, a baby, and a shiny star, all waiting to be counted before bedtime.”

The Little Drummer Boy

21. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Keats

“A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy’s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas.”

Humphrey's First Christmas

22. Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

(I’m going to make it clear to my children that the three wise men did not come to baby Jesus in the manger, but when he was a little older.)

“We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. Humphrey has lost his blanket and schemes to acquire a new one. When the party reaches its destination, Humphrey is so drawn to the love surrounding Baby Jesus that he finds himself selflessly giving his new blanket to the Christ child.”

The Gift Of The Magi

23. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

“In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.”

On This Special Night

24. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman

“On a silent winter’s night, one star burns brighter than all the rest. “That must be a special star,” Mother Cat whispers. When Little Kitten and Mother Cat join the animals journeying toward the starry light, they discover that it is a special star indeed — shining with peace, love, and joy on this very special night.”

25. The Christmas Story from the gospel of Luke in the Bible!

I can’t wait for December 1st to start this! So much fun and good memories will be taking place! :)

My Favorite Christmas Music!

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My Favorite Christmas Music!

While I know Thanksgiving has not even come, we’ve started listening to Christmas music! I hold off on decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I love Christmas music and just can’t wait!

We are very conservative in our music choices, so the list below reflects that. Even on this list there might be a few songs within a CD I normally skip.

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar

 

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar – I found this at the library and we have all been enjoying how peaceful and beautiful it is! This CD is a good one to play during school time, and will help cheer the children up during unpleasant subjects. Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Heavenly Christmas Music by Jackie Evancho. I love this Christmas Album!

 

Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho – I purchased this CD last year and love it! Her voice is amazing for being so young. I’ve shipped many packages for Deborah & Co. during the holidays while I listen to this for some holiday cheer. :)

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family – I listened to this for many years before getting married, so whenever I hear it I remember baking days in the kitchen with my mom and decorating our house. It brings back such good memories! This family has an amazing talent of blending their voices and singing for the Lord!

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas

 

A Family Christmas by the Piano Guys – This is one where I don’t like every song on the CD, and I can’t handle it on during the school time. :) I really enjoy the talent of the Piano Guys, but when I have 5 other children making noise this CD is just too much. I enjoy listening to it at night while I’m blogging, or in the van with the children.

O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel by David Nevue – This is another nice quiet Christmas album that is full of solo piano music.  This music is turned on often during school days. I really like all the music I have from David Nevue – very soothing for an active household!

Noel by Josh Groan

 

Noel by Josh Groan – I skip a few songs on this album, but we enjoy most of them. Josh Groban has a beautiful voice!

Bing Crosby I Wish You  A Merry Christmas

 

I Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby – I found this at the library and we have had some fun family time listening to it. We don’t do anything with Santa Claus and it is hard to find a good classic album without a lot of Santa Claus music included. This was a nice change from other CD’s I’ve tried, and we’re having fun singing along.

These are some of my favorite Christmas albums, I would love to know what your family enjoys at Christmas time!

A Gift Guide for the Homemaker

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When asked what I want for Christmas this year my answer is something centered around my home. When we moved to our current rental house Sean was still in college and I was in major survival mode to make it through. I didn’t focus on making this house truly like what I wanted. I’m not going to get new furniture, but after 12 years of marriage it is time to replace some household items that are worn out!

Gift Guide For The Homemaker! Plus you can enter to win $500 cash giveaway!

I’ve put together a gift guide for the homemaker, some of them are my favorite items I use and some are things I want myself! :) But before you look through the list, you will want to stop and enter this amazing giveaway!

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A Homemaker Gift Guide 

Bosch mixer is a great Christmas Gift! A Bosch Mixer - I received this as a gift one year and I’m always so grateful for it! I use it every week and love it! If you can only have one mixer this is the one I would suggest! Cookie Dough Scoop    Cookie Dough Scoop – I went several years without a cookie dough scoop and now I wonder how I did! This little tool makes baking cookies go so much faster, plus you get nice, evenly shaped cookies! I also have a larger scoop that I use for muffins.   Pioneer Woman Cookbook Pioneer Woman Cookbook – There are several of these cookbooks published but the first one is still my favorite. I use the mashed potato recipe and her meatball recipe a lot. Actually that sounds good for dinner tonight! :) www.FlirtyAprons.com   Flirty Aprons – Like I’ve said before, I don’t like the name of these aprons but I love the prints they offer! You can save 25% off with the code: HOLIDAY25 at the checkout! They also have a Daily Deal page that is always offering a new sale! Daily Planner 300x250   Daily Planner- I’m going to use this planner for the upcoming year and I’m excited to give it a try! It is excellent quality for the price! I love the tear out shopping lists and the size of the planner. Dayspring_Collage   Dayspring – If you are unsure of what to give someone, Dayspring is always an excellent choice! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas they have. 1. Pillow 2. Wooden Caddy 3. Lord Bless This Home Sign  4. Be Thou My Vision Necklace  

Homemaking 101 DVD

 Homemaking 101 – I think every homemaker should have this DVD! If you lack motivation and need encouragement, you will receive it from Jennifer Ross!   Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Say Goodbye to Survival Mode – If you feel like you are barely getting by, this book is a really easy, encouraging read! Crystal Paine shares her story of how she went from barely surviving to living a more intentional life.

Mega Flexi Clip works great for long and thick hair!

Flexi Clips – Busy homemakers like to have their hair out of the way, especially when cooking or on hot days! Give the gift of a flexi clip, it is not only practical but beautiful! Seven different sizes are available, with very easy exchanges available if you order the wrong size!    Those are just some of my gift ideas for the Homemaker! If you would like to check out other gift ideas, visit the blog posts below!      

Gift Guide for Girls Ages 2-10!

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A gift guide for girls ages 2-10!

I don’t know about you but I’m thinking about gifts right now. Whether it’s gifts I’m planning on making or gifts I’m going to buy, my goal is to get my shopping done this month so December is free for fun family time.

Here are some gift ideas I like for girls ages 2 to 10. Some are appropriate for a little older, and some are too young for 10 years old, but that is a general age guide.

 

Paper Dolls

 

Paper Dolls – My girls are 6 and under, but they love playing with the paper dolls I had as a child! My oldest has been longingly looking at these beautiful historical paper dolls, so this Christmas she will be getting some! I’m thinking about turning them into magnetic paper dolls for her since she is still younger. I know even my boys would like playing with the Titanic paper dolls! (shhh – don’t tell). :)

Goldie Doll, a great gift for your daughter that will give you quality time with her!

 

Goldie Doll – This gift is meaningful for so many different reasons! The Goldie Doll Kit is a doll-and-Bible-study kit that teaches young ladies about true, godly beauty. In the style of the traditional “topsy-turvy” doll, 12-inch-tall Goldie has two personalities! Turn her one way and she’s a pretty young lady. Flip her over and she becomes a pig with a gold ring in her nose. You can spend some excellent mother/daughter time as you sew this doll together and go through the study!

Modest, Beautiful Princess Dresses!

 

Princess Play Dresses - These are beautiful play dresses that will hold up for hours of play! My girls have some of them and love them. Actually, they are each getting a new play dress for Christmas! All the princess play dresses and accessories are on sale today through Saturday! These dresses rarely, if ever go on sale, so now is the time to grab them for gifts!! The matching doll dresses are also on sale! 

Housecleaning Set

 

Dust, Sweep and Mop Set – My girls love to help dust or mop. This set will give your younger girls the housecleaning tools they need to start learning alongside mom!

Ice Cream Set!

 

Ice Cream Set – My girls love playing with their ice cream set! The scoops really pick up the ice cream and you can create all sorts of cones. We get to eat their creation. ;)

For Such A Time As This - A beautiful hardback Bible Story book for girls!

For Such A Time As This – A lot of families do the 3 gift idea – a want, a need and a book. This new Bible story book just came out for girls and it is beautiful! I have it tucked away as a gift for my oldest and I can’t wait to start reading it with her!

ABC Say It With Me DVD

 

ABC Say It With Me – I love giving my children DVD’s that are educational and encourage good character. They are so hard to find though! This is a rare DVD that every family should own! Even my 10 year old will watch this with his sisters. So sweet and wholesome.

 

Loving Family

Loving Family – My girls have a Loving Family dollhouse, a family, and furniture thanks to their grandparents. :) They love playing with it, and I want to get the above set as a gift since we only have one family and 3 girls. I’ve tried finding these used at children’s consignment sales and it is really hard to find just the family without a dollhouse!

The one doll stroller I can't recommend enough! It has held up for several years with 3 girls using it!

 

Chicco Doll Stroller – I can’t recommend this doll stroller highly enough! We have had it for several years now, and it has received much (tough) love from three girls. Often, they have the youngest sit in it and push her around and it is still in excellent condition! Before we got this stroller we went through several of the cheaper umbrella type strollers that kept breaking. I’m so thankful this one has lasted!

Lego friendsLego Friends – I was happy when Lego came out with girl sets! My 6 year old is starting to show interest in these sets. I don’t like all the girl characters, but some of them are really nice. Legos are expensive but my boys have played with them for years now, so it’s one thing I will invest in and know it will get used!

These are just some ideas of gifts for girls! I’d love to hear what you are planning on getting your girls for Christmas! We also have 2 December birthdays for our two youngest girls! I have to be creative when it comes to purchasing wisely, as I want to give them things they need and toys that will be a blessing to them, and not just sit around the house.