Christmas Book Countdown Tradition – 50 Favorite Christmas Books

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There is just something about the anticipation behind unwrapping a present to reveal the surprise that just can’t be put into words.  Seriously, what kid doesn’t like to unwrap gifts?  Years ago, I started this tradition where the boys took turns unwrapping a Christmas book every night to read.  This tradition gives back in many  more ways than just simply reading a good story.
You are probably asking yourself, how do I start and what Christmas books do I include?  Detailed below is a list of our favorite books and ideas on how to begin this tradition in your home.

The idea behind this tradition is to unwrap a different Christmas book to read every night leading up to Christmas Day. This will undoubtedly get you in the spirit and gain some brownie points from their teachers too.  If you are worried that this will be a big investment then purchase books throughout the year and save them up.  Try searching local garage sales and thrift stores or go online to eBay or Facebook marketplace for gently used books.  Also your local library may have a few favorites to borrow.  Just don’t forget to return them.
Here is a list of our favorite books.  I will admit up front that I am an addict for interactive books especially those from Hallmark.  I just can’t help myself.
New To Us Books
1. Construction Site On Christmas Night – Sherri Duskey Rinker and AG Ford
2. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas – Alice Schertle
3. How To Catch A Snowman – Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton
4. Home Alone – John Huges
5. The Christmas Wish – Lori Evert
6. Snowman At Christmas – Caralyn Buehner
7. The Broken Ornament – Tony DiTerlizzi (not pictured)
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Classic Recordable Storybooks and Interactive Books
8. All I Want For Christmas – Jared Smith
9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Libby Snow
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree – Cheryl Hawkinson
11. The Night Before Christmas – Clement Moore
12. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charles M Schulz
13. The Legend Of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Joe Troiano
14. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Clement Clarke Moore
15. Frosty The Snowman – Warner McGee
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More Favorites
16. Olive, The Other Reindeer – J. Otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh
17. Dream Snow – Eric Carle
18. How Santa Got His Job – Stephen Krensky
19. One Snowy Rescue – Christina Butler
20. Snowman Magic – Katherine Tegen
21. Penquin’s Snowy Playtime – Martin & Caddy
22. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad – Mercer Mayer
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Books About The True Meaning Of Christmas
23. The Christmas Story – Cherie Zamazing
24. God Gave Us Christmas – Lisa Tawn Bergren
25. One Baby Jesus – Patricia A. Pingry
26. The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving – Jan Berenstain
27. Room for a Little One – Marin Waddell
28. The Christmas Story – Tracy Harrast
29. Who Is Coming To Our House? – Ashley Wolff
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A Few Most Have Classics
30. The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
31. The Night Before Christmas – Rachel Isadora
32. How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
33. Thomas’ Christmas Delivery – Tommy Stubbs
34. Santa’s Christmas Train – Helen Foster James
35. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – Eric Litwin
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CD and Interactive Books
36. Olaf’s Night Before Christmas – Jessica Julius
37. Mater Saves Christmas – Kiel Murray
38. A Visit to the North Pole – Stacey Donovan (Might be my favorite interactive book)
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Hallmark Snowman Books
39. Snow Time to Lose – Dianna Manning
40. The Snow Must Go On – Molly Wigand
41. There’s Snow Stopping Us Now – Cheryl Hawkison
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Jingle Interactive Storybooks
42. Jingle All The Way – Tom Shay-Zaplen
43. A Snow Day for Jingle – Tom Shay-Zaplen
44. Jingle’s Good Deed – Lee Stuart
45. Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star – Deborah Welky Miles
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Rudolph Interactive Storybooks
46. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Chelsea Resnick
47. Rudolph and the South Pole Toys – Chelsea Resnick
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Elf On The Shelf Books
48. Elf Pets A Reindeer Tradtion – Chanda A. Bell
49. The Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tradition – Carol V. Aebersold
50. Elf Pets A Saint Bernard Tradition – Chanda A. Bell
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Place all the books in a basket or under the tree.  You can ever number them 1-25 if you like.  We placed ours in a basket by the Christmas tree.  The boys usually take turns picking out a book each night and sometimes they each would pick one.  Why not?  In reality, I am just a tiny bit nuts and have 50 Christmas books but who is counting anyway.
The hidden surprise behind all this is the quality time.  Time usually spent rushed this time of year with endless to do lists and all the hustle and bustle.  Instead we are creating memories.  I also love that there is a good mix of faith-based books included too.  Santa Clause is great but I really want them to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
If you do this tradition in your home, what are some of the books you love?  I like to add a couple new ones every year to shake it up a bit.
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