Hello! A few of my friends do the cute book advent calendars every year. I've always loved the idea but I wanted to save money on books, especially before the holidays! One day I decided to go through all of our books. I grabbed anything that was Christmas or winter-themed. I ended up with over 30 books! I took out the winter books and still had plenty to do an advent calendar. 

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Ideas of places to find books:


First search through your bookshelves. I was surprised at how many Christmas books we had! We had some I had even forgotten about! If you're a book hoarder like me, you may be able to complete this calendar using books you already have.

One of my books from when I was young. :) 

The local library:

If you plan to check out some books, I would recommend putting them towards the beginning of your calendar so you don't end up with overdue fines. 😉😉

Thrift Stores:

Thrift and second-hand stores have so many great options at great prices! 

Buy New Books:

I know this one seems pretty obvious but if you are searching ahead of time you can find some great sales! Black Friday and after the Christmas season for the following year are great times to look!

I searched Amazon. I make Amazon a last resort when shopping but they have such a great selection of books! I wanted to get some books with my kid's favorite characters and series they enjoy. I created a list with some of the books I used and ones with positive messages or loved characters! 

After I found all of my books, I started wrapping! I did mark a few that I would want the kids to open on a specific day. For example, I marked The Night Before Christmas for the 24th of December. I also marked a few of the books I knew my kids would really like so we could read them a little more.

Label any books that you want to be opened on specific days. I covered the labels with my printable tags (below)

Display & Store the Books:

Finally, I ordered a simple bookshelf on Amazon to add the books to. It's one that I had been looking at for a while and I liked how it would display them. I plan to use it in my kids' playroom after this too. If you don't want to do this, you can always use a crate or box.

I'm looking forward to starting this new tradition! Do you do a book advent calendar? Tell me about it or some of your favorite books in the comments!


Happy reading!


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