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a family favorite tradition for Advent

December 1, 2013

Advent Books 2013 (1 of 2)

For the past few years, our family has celebrated Advent in a few different ways.  Each night of Advent we give the boys an ornament during devotions to hang on our Jesse Tree (a tradition we began last year and will use again this year).  We use a mix of different books for the Jesse Tree devotions, light a candle on our Advent wreath, and then sing a few Christmas songs.  All in all, this takes about 15 minutes- perfect for the age of our little ones.

One tradition that has become a Rigney family favorite is celebrating Advent with books. We started this a few years back and our boys have really enjoyed it (who doesn’t love to unwrap things?!).  This tradition works so well because you can utilize your library for all of the books and you only need wrapping supplies to pull it off.

We have been growing our Christmas book collection over the years, but are far from owning the twenty-five books needed for the countdown.  I begin reserving Christmas books from the library in November and renew them through the month December. Each night when we are done singing, we give the boys a new book to unwrap and then read it together.  Christmas books fill our shelves by the time December 25th rolls around and I find this to be such an easy and delightful way to prepare my own heart to worship Immanuel, God with us.

Here is the list of books we will be using this Advent season if you’d like to swing by your library and join in the fun.  I’ve been on a search the past few years to find a list of Christmas books that beautifully portray the anticipation and celebration we feel for the birth of our Savior.  I have the writers at Orange Marmalade and Aslan’s Library to thank for helping me fill out my list.

Advent Books 2013 (2 of 2)

  1. Who is Coming to Our House?
  2. Song of the Stars
  3. Little One, We Knew You’d Come
  4. Father and Son: A Nativity Story
  5. Good King Wenceslas
  6. Bethlehem
  7. The Christmas Story
  8. The Nativity
  9. We Three Kings
  10. This is the Stable
  11. The Story of Christmas
  12. Little Christmas Pageant
  13. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  14. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  15. Humphrey’s First Christmas
  16. The Little Drummer Boy
  17. One Starry Night
  18. Christmas Tree Memories
  19. There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
  20. The Third Gift
  21. Christmas in the Country
  22. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
  23. A Christmas Like Helen’s
  24. Lucy’s Christmas
  25. An Early American Christmas
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Colleen kniffin permalink
    December 1, 2013 10:20 pm

    Love it, Jen! I am totally going to copy this for my new family when they are old enough!! Thanks for the idea!!!! Will you, when you have 25 books, read the same books every year? And will you have a particular order? ;)
    On a side note, we Thinking of you all and the memorial service. Lots of love, the kniffins

    • therigneys permalink*
      December 11, 2013 6:28 pm

      Hi, C!

      I’m sorry for just now replying. Yes, once we own 25 books we will just re-wrap them each year. Since we only pull them out at Christmastime, they feel almost brand new each year when we open them up!

      As for order, I don’t really have too specific of a preference except for the one we read on Christmas day. I make sure we read a book with the text taken directly from Luke 2 (and a few on this list qualify!)

  2. December 14, 2013 10:23 am

    Jen, this is such a fun idea, and yes — we always packed up our Christmas books every year and took them out the next and it is like welcoming old friends. Lots of happy “Oh! This one is my favorite!” sounds. Thanks for mentioning Orange Marmalade, too. I am so glad whenever my blogging helps families towards good books :)

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