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Christmas tradition: 24 days of Christmas stories

Christmas Books

We’re starting a new Christmas tradition at our house this year – a new Christmas story to read every night before bed.

I’ve wrapped up 24 Christmas books (some we already had, some from the library and some that I purchased this year) and now each night, starting December 1st, Elliott and Kaylee get to choose a book to open and read before they go to bed.

Here are the books we’ll be reading this year:


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Big Snowman

The Biggest Snowman Ever
Coming for Christmas

Who’s Coming for Christmas?
Clifford Christmas

Clifford’s Christmas
Dora Christmas

Dora’s Starry Christmas
Corduroy Christmas

Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise
Muppets Christmas

The Twelve Days of a Muppet Christmas
Max & Ruby Christmas

A Merry Bunny Christmas
Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas
Christmas Elf

The Elf on the Shelf
Cars Christmas

A Cars Christmas
Berenstain Bears Christmas

The Berenstain Bears and the Nutcracker
Thomas Train Christmas

Christmas in Wellsworth
Elmo Christmas

Elmo’s Merry Christmas
Little Critter Christmas

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad
Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mickey Mouse Christmas

Mickey Saves Santa
Toy Story Christmas

Woody’s White Christmas
Caillou Christmas

Caillou: Merry Christmas!
Polar Express

The Polar Express
Christmas David

It’s Christmas, David!
Finding Christmas

Finding Christmas
Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman
Snowmen Christmas

Snowmen at Christmas

I’m excited to have a new Christmas tradition to add to our list this year. I’m looking forward to reading a good Christmas story with my little ones every night before Christmas.

What are your Christmas traditions?


  1. Kim

    What a great idea!

  2. sara

    Such a wonderful family fun memory!

  3. teachermum

    Great idea!

    We always watch It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, but your kids are a bit young yet to get anything out of that! As a kid I always waited for How the Grinch Stole Christmas (and NO, not the Jim Carrey version!) and Charlie Brown Christmas. Dh’s fav was Rudolph. I don’t remember Christmas books except our paper copy of T’was the Night Before Christmas with Santa’s flocked coat. Must have had that read to us often as I pretty much still know it by heart.

  4. Carrie

    That is a FABULOUS idea! I love Christmas and this is a wonderful way to build up the excitement and spend quality time with the kiddies. Stealing this idea for next year 🙂

  5. Kris

    OMG, I used to do that on my own!! Even well into my teens, I would take all the Christmas story books I had, then starting backwards from Christmas Eve, assign a book to every night and write it on my calendar. The last 5 nights were a chapter from A Christmas Carol each night!
    I still have all those books, plus the ones we have acquired since having children.

    For the first time this year, I have been reading A Christmas Carol to my 9 year old…I’m pretty sure I was around her age the first time I read it. I hope that becomes a tradition!!

  6. Gena

    Love this idea!!

  7. Willow

    She didn’t say that it was her idea. She is telling us about starting this tradition and sharing the books that they will be reading. Cassie didn’t invent the concept of advent books, nor did the blogger that you mentioned.

    Pinterest is all about sharing ideas. The idea was shared. 🙂

  8. Ali

    Love it! We usually read a book every night before bed, but I think we’ll be switching to Christmas stories, too! 🙂

  9. Jennifer

    One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to read the first Christmas story on Christmas Eve. The story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus Christ to my children. This is the most important story and why we have the holiday of CHRISTmas. I think it is a wonderful tradition to start reading Christmas stories with your children and all of the the books you have chosen sound fun and jolly but if it were me I would add one more about the real Christmas story.

  10. Leia

    This is a great idea! This year I’ve ditched the cheap chocolate advent calendars for an activity based one. Everyday, we have something special planned. Today is decorate the house for Christmas, tomorrow is putting up the kids tree, some days are baking Christmas cookies, making a gift for someone special, watching a Christmas movie as a family, going on a drive to see the Christmas lights, etc. I saw this on Pinterest too. We’re wanting to make memories and not just fill the kids with candy.

  11. jane

    Such a wonderful, heartwarming family memory…complete with referral links and all!

  12. karen

    You saved the best one for last – Snowmen at Christmas !! We love looking for the hidden pictures – also, you should get Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Work – We LOVE them !!

  13. Catherine Black

    I’m doing the same thing with my three year old. I bought a Christmas book package through scholastic with 12 books for 12.99, got most others from the dollar store and bought one more special (expensive) book. He , of course, wanted to open them all, so this will be a lesson in patience for him. Also doing the elf on the shelf, which is fun.

  14. Christine Charbonneau

    Love the idea. Next Christmas, I will do this for my grandchildren. They live in Vancouver, and I in Ottawa. I know they would be delighted to receive this package before Christmas.

  15. Christine Weadick

    I added Christmas books every year when my kids were small. The big tradition was reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. I read that one every year for ages……… I think my youngest was in his mid-teens before I finally stopped. So close to 20 years (there’s 7 years between the two boys)…. I started that when the oldest was almost two. The book I had had a picture of a calender page for Dec on the title page and we counted down every night how long until the big night!!!! The kids loved it!!!!

  16. Wanda

    I did this with my children when they wer younger and they loved it every year. The other tradition we have, is every Christmas Eve the kids could open one gift but they all knew what it was…New Pajamas. So they got to take some anxiety away for the excitement of the morning and they will look nice in their new pajamas for pictures in the mornig as well. win win 🙂 My kids are no in their 20’s and they still look forward to getting those new PJs the night before and I know this tradition will be passed on to my grandchildren someday. Just a little thing like that helps build your own traditions and family christmas memories.

  17. Linda

    One year, my mom made us banana milkshakes for Christmas morning as we were opening our presents. Well, that was so yummy that we asked for it every year after that. Even to this day, we look forward to those banana milkshakes.

  18. Jen

    Oh man, I haven’t heard of half those books. Little Critters FTW, though. We’re not really a Christmas family, so no traditions… unless you count everyone working Christmas as a tradition? Double time and a half! Cha-ching!

  19. Jennifer Shaw

    Oh I just LOVE this idea!! I wish I had thought of doing this when my girls were little. We would read Christmas stories but I love the idea of it being a surprise wrapped up and I love that it doesn’t have to be a new book and could even be from the library!

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