We LOVE the tiny little books that comes with The Story of Christmas Book Set &Advent Calendar. The books tell the story of how the birth of Jesus using scripture. Each of the twenty-four board books is just four pages long (with small print) and attached is a silver loop, making these books easy to hang! The Story of Christmas Advent Calender is perfect for families with younger or older children who want a daily reminder of what Christmas is all about. Each book is numbered, too, so they are easy to keep track of the books. Some families may choose to hang a book daily on a tree, but we use them in a different way.
I use The Story of Christmas Advent Calendar with a homemade mini-craft stick manger. I place a piece of brown yarn and the appropriate day's book in a small, decorative box with a lid. The children check the box throughout the day to see if the "hay" and book are there. The "hay" is preparing the manger for Jesus. As you might suspect, Jesus arrives Christmas morning. You could use a Little People (or even just a drawing) Jesus, but I made a special little felt "doll" to represent Jesus, swaddled in his manger.
My five year old recently brought up the ways that we celebrate Christmas! They certainly left an impression on her last year and she is eager for the little ways (not just the gifts!) we celebrate throughout the month.
How do you celebrate Christmas during the month of December?