Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth and I blog over at Chasin' Mason. I mostly blog about the regular happenings in my daily life with my husband and my three year old son, Mason, but throw in some recipes and DIY stuff too if it strikes my fancy. I'm so excited to be guest posting today while Colleen takes some time to enjoy her new little family of four!
Today I wanted to share with you one of my very favorite Christmas traditions : 25 Days of Christmas Books!
The 25 days of Christmas books is one of my favorite traditions. We started it in 2013 with Mason when he was about one and a half, but I think he was really too young to fully grasp what was going on. It was more me wrapping the books and then having fun opening the books in front of him and then reading him a different book each night before Christmas.
Why did I start so early if I knew he wouldn't really understand? I wanted to start his holiday library early to maximize the use of the lower reading level books.
But, if I'm being honest, I think one was still too young and two was a lot better.
Last year he was WAY more into opening the presents/books! In fact, he was so into it, that I once left him unattended for a couple minutes to get his bath ready and walked back in to find him opening more than his one book for the day.
Sweet boy. So excited about his books!
Speaking of being excited about his books... I had left them out on the stairs to be able to take a picture of them when I had an unexpected visitor. Mason climbed all the way up the stairs to find me and walked right in on my attempt to organize.
Can't say that I blame him for being so excited though. I would be too given all the Mickey books that I got him!
Here are the books that we've been using for the past couple years :
Mickey's Rockin' Christmas (from Costco)
(After taking the picture, I realized I only took a picture of 22 of the books... oops. The others included in the collection
Last year I also set up our little, fake, pre-lit tree in his room and put all of the books under neath. And I plan to do the same thing this year. Each night I would ask Mason to pick a new book and we opened it together and read it. It was SO cute watching him unwrap the presents as he ripped the paper off and then tossed it behind him - totally unknowing of the huge mess he was making. He also hates when he gets the paper stuck to his hand and he shook it until the paper fell off.
We usually read at least two stories per night so we always read the new one as well as one that we have opened in the past couple days.
I just LOVE the way the whole thing turned out last year and was so happy that Mason was so into it. He thoroughly enjoyed opening a present each night and I'm hoping the excitement pours over again into this year. I'm so excited for Christmas with him this year because I know he is going to be so excited about his presents and I can't wait to see the joy on his face!
What kind of Christmas or holiday traditions do you love to do with your family? I'd love to know!