The Holidays are approaching! When we welcome the Holidays, we welcome and build family traditions. One popular tradition is the Christmas Countdown. Similar to an Advent Calendar, the Christmas Countdown is a collection of 24 books individually wrapped. One is opened each night and read together as a family. There are so many options, but we’ve put together a collection of 50 of the best holiday books for kids that will help you start or build on your collection! This year the books range from classics to newer favorites. We have also included several books and stories from holiday traditions around the world and some interfaith books as well. In addition to the list below, we also have an Amazon list in our shop, check it out here!
How does the Christmas Countdown Work?
Every family does the Christmas Countdown a little differently. If your family has an Elf on the Shelf, one idea is to have the Elf bring the pile of wrapped books on the first day numbered for the days until Christmas. Another option is to simply toss the wrapped books in a basket and have the kids pick one each night. Some families don’t wrap them at all!
Budget Friendly Options for the Christmas Countdown
Twenty four books can be quite an investment. There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to build a Christmas Countdown library. One way is to spread the purchases out over the next couple months (bookmark or pin this list to easily come back!). Another option is to do a mix of paperback and hardcover. There are several paperback and board books for under $5. There are also currently a couple of hardcover books for up to 50% off! Disney even offers a Christmas Countdown book that has 24 short stories, one for every night in December. Keep in mind that you are building a library to use for years to come. Hardcover books will hold up better to wear and tear. You will also want to be sure to store the books well after Christmas so they stay in good condition! Below is our shoppable list of the best holiday books for the Christmas Countdown – simply click on the pictures to shop the books!