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christmas traditions with laurie

I love Christmas traditions! One of my favorite things from my marriage has been combining the different traditions we grew up with in our families and starting our own traditions with our growing family.

We started a tradition combining two of our family’s loves – Christmas and reading – several years ago. Every night the kids can pick one wrapped book from a bucket of books to open and read. The books are all holiday themed and range from the nativity story to funny, silly books about Santa Claus. We all love to snuggle together on our bed and read a book each day while the excitement of Christmas day grows.

I decided to share a list of books that our family has collected over the years. Truth be told, we have enjoyed collecting books for this tradition so much that we have over 25, so some nights we open more than one. I don’t think the kids are complaining though.

Christmas Books:

Where is Baby’s Christmas Present? by Karen Katz

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle

The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry

Santa’s Stowaway by Brandon Dorman

The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers

Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett

Thomas’ Christmas Delivery by Rev W Awry

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

Yes, Virginia: There is a Santa Claus by Chris Plehal

Dear Santa Claus by Alan Durant

The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

T’was the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore illustrated by Jon Goodell

I Believe in Santa Claus by Diane G. Adamson

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

One Special Night by Lori C Froeb

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Aliens Love Panta Claus by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

There you have it. That’s the 2015 Pecotte Christmas reading list. I hope you will join us in this tradition with your own family. If you have any favorite holiday books, whether they be for kids or for adults, please share your favorites in the comments. I am always looking for a good book. *wink*


4 Responses

  1. Amber says:

    Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson is one of my favorites. It’s amazing to feel such spirit and love from a little mouse. Thank you for sharing your list. I just put some of them on hold at the library. We have the same tradition at our house!

  2. Robyn says:

    We get a new Christmas book (or 2) every Christmas Eve and also read them all through the month of December. We have several on your list. (LOVE The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey!) A few of my favorites are Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo, Wombat Divine by Mem Fox, Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera, Welcome Comfort by Paticia Polacco, and Pigs at Christmas by Arlene Dubanevich.

  3. karen says:

    Thank you. Jan Bretts’s illustrations including the sidebar pictures are do rich,colorful and wonderful.