Celebrate the Countdown to Christmas with an Advent Book Calendar

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Brown paper packages tied up with strings, yes that is a lyric from a song, but it was also the inspiration for an advent calendar idea. We have never done an advent calendar. I have always seen them and wanted to, but then the idea of having little tiny things like Lego pieces that would just get lost or go unused wasn't very appealing. That is when I started to think about how we could countdown to Christmas, have family time together and give the kids something they could use over and over again. This led to the creation of our book advent calendar.


Basically, I took brown craft paper and wrapped up 20 books. Then, I wrapped the packages with twine, wrote a Christmas countdown number on the package and placed it under the tree. I started with some fun family books like an "I Spy" book, and as the countdown numbers got lower I used all Christmas related books. The last book, which we will open on Christmas Eve is a nativity story book to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday.


So far, the boys love this. They get to open a present from under the tree each day and then we get some family time together as I read the books to them each night. Yes, even my 12 and 10 year old still love to be read to. It is also inexpensive. The books were all purchased from the local thrift store for $.25, so we got a great advent calendar and family memories for about $5.

Do you have a unique advent calendar or Christmas countdown tradition in your home?

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21 comments

  1. Wow! $.25 a book? What an awesome deal! I love this idea for Advent.

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  2. Yes Shelly, it is the only place I have found that is that affordable though. Goodwill wanted $3.99 a book, so I went elsewhere LOL.

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  3. We never did this but I see the "countdown" idea everywhere and I really want to do it!

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  4. Great idea!! We have a local used bookstore and they have children's books as low as .50!! And they also buy books! I will have to run over there!

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  5. cute idea, but my boys wanted the Lego calendars. we love them.

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  6. My boys love Legos too Maryann, but then I would have had to buy four of the calendars and that was just too much. This way, they can all share the books and we can have some time together. :)

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  7. What a great idea I love it! I just get the Star Wars Legos Advent Calender LOL.

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  8. This is a fantastic idea! I love how inexpensive it is. Plus I love how you get some great family time each night.

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  9. What a cool idea! I love your Christmas tree, looks very nice

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  10. Wow what a deal. LOVE your tree and your kiddos are too cute!

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  11. Wonderful ideas, and what a gorgeous tree!

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  12. That is a great idea. I am going to have to remember it for next year.

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  13. This is a great idea, very creative. I plan on trying it next year!

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  14. That is such a great idea!!! I might try something like this starting next week.

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  15. This is such an awesome idea. I'm going to have to do this next year.

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  16. what a great idea never thought of doing this

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  17. That is an awesome idea and a great way to add to the book collection.

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  18. What a super fun advent idea! I might copy this for my own kiddos next season.

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