a family favorite tradition for Advent
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.
- Who is Coming to Our House?
- Song of the Stars
- Little One, We Knew You’d Come
- Father and Son: A Nativity Story
- Good King Wenceslas
- The Christmas Story
- The Nativity
- We Three Kings
- This is the Stable
- The Story of Christmas
- Little Christmas Pageant
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Humphrey’s First Christmas
- The Little Drummer Boy
- One Starry Night
- Christmas Tree Memories
- There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
- The Third Gift
- Christmas in the Country
- Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
- A Christmas Like Helen’s
- Lucy’s Christmas
- An Early American Christmas