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The idea seemed easy enough: wrap 24 books, stack ‘em, open one each day until the fat man and his reindeer arrive. This non-traditional advent calendar is a good fit for our bibliophilic (book lovin’) family. We avoid the proliferation of plastic toys and cheap chocolate (both of which would end up in the trash), spend a few quality moments as a family and give the peeps another opportunity to show off their mad reading skills.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, I scoured thrift shops and the peeps’ bedroom bookshelves for 24 gently used (or forgotten) books that I could quickly wrap and stack. Many of them sport a Christmas theme, but some I included because I knew they would interest the girls. The last book they will open is ‘Twasthe Night Before Christmas. (I know, very clever and totally original.) I wrapped all the books and had them ready to go by my planned Dec. 1 unveiling. Imagine my delight when the peeps bought into the idea!
Be sure to read about The Advent CalendarWars (Animal Jam Vs. Literacy) over at my other blog, My Ideal Reality.