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5 Favorite Books for Christmas

One of the best things about December is the Christmas book basket. 

(It's right up there with the Little People Nativity and the LEGO Advent Calendar!)

I've spend MANY years reading Christmas books to my children, and it's interesting to see the ones they ask for year after year - even now that they are middle and high school.

Books build memories.

Books trigger feelings and emotions.

Beautiful books are a gift we can so easily share with our children.

And while we have many favorite Christmas books, I'm narrowing down the list to just 5 today... hopefully you will get some new ideas for your Christmas collection, too.

5 Favorite Books for Christmans

Our Favorite Christmas Books

GLORIA The Christmas Angel
By Scott A. Asalone, Mary Jo Scandin

This book has really stuck with my kids. I think it is because Gloria is a clumsy angel who plays a profound role in the proclaiming the Good News. 

There is something about Gloria we can all relate to -- and when my kids were little they related to her even more. 

The whimsical illustrations and simple yet sweet story make this book one of our all time favorites!

With the commercialization of Christmas -- and the emphasis on Santa Claus, this book was a great way for me to teach my children about Saint Nicholas. 

While the book is somewhat fictionalized, it is a great way to explain "Santa Claus" and it also focuses our children on Jesus Christ. 

(We also like to celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6 each year!)

We have many different versions of The Nutcracker, but this book is our very favorite. 

(Did you know I have written a Nutcracker Unit Study to help your children learn ALL ABOUT the ballet, story, music, and more?)

Little ones will be fascinated with all of the detail in this book, and it will be a treasure in your collection.

The sweet thing about this book is that the little boy in the story is pictured on each page... and children have such fun trying to locate him.  The illustrations are beautiful - and they match an equally beautiful story. 

If you're looking for a sacred Christmas story to share year after year, this is for you. 

Our family enjoys all of the books by Arnold Ytreeide. We've read aloud the books for Advent and Lent and have created wonderful memories in the process.


You will pull these out year after year, and I can't wait until MY children pull them out to read to THEIR children, too. 

I encourage you to create a Christmas book basket and keep it in a prominent spot in your home. 

Pull this basket out each year and watch the smiles on your children's faces as they remember their favorite books from previous years. 

5 Favorite Books for Christmas

You really will be giving your children an irreplaceable gift when you fill their lives with beautiful books! 

Do your children have a favorite Christmas book?  

Share it in the comments below! 

 

5 Favorite Books for Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Girl Gift Guide

It's seems like just yesterday my daughter was pushing her Bitty Baby around in the stroller.

How in the world did she get to be a teenager?  (I tried to stop time, but that didn't work!) And to be honest, this is a wonderful time in a girl's life, and I'm so glad I can share it with her. 

(It's fun having a girl AND a boy - see my list of cool gifts for pre-teen boys, too!)

Shopping for teen girls is fun. I love finding new things my daughter will devour.

To help YOU find the perfect gift for a teenage girl, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite gifts in this teen girl gift guide. 

Teen Girl Gift Guide

Gifts for a Teen Girl

These gift ideas would work for any occasion; birthdays, graduation, even the holidays. Grab a few of your favorites and bundle them together inside of a cute bag for a gift any teen girl would love to receive. 

Oh, and you can never go wrong with an ULTA gift card --> this is number one on my daughter's list right now! 

 

Did my list help you find the perfect gift for a teen girl?

Did I forget anything? Share your finds with us in the comments. 

Teen Girl Gift Guide

Favorite Family Games

Does your family have a regular game night?

We try to hold game night regularly in our home - especially as the kids get older it's important to stay connected and just have FUN. 

If your kids have a streak of competitiveness in them like mine do, I'm sure you have found game night to be loaded with laughs and great times (and maybe sometimes tears and defeat!)

Our basement game closet is full of a variety of games that the whole family loves to play. I have put our list of favorite family games together to help you discover some new favorites, and maybe even bring some classics back into your home.

(If you love playing cards, don't miss our favorite card games.)

There is a little bit of everything for everyone. Take a look at our favorites! 

Favorite Family Games 

Favorite Family Games 

Our Favorite Family Games

  • Ticket to Ride: Hop on a train and go for an adventure across the county. 
  • Settlers of Catan: The island of Catan is waiting to be explored. 
  • Blurble: This tongue twisting card game is fast moving and a ton of fun to play. 
  • Say Anything Family Edition: Where everyday questions are met with some silly answers. 
  • No Stress Chess: Teaching kids how to play chess is a great way to for them to learn how to plan and strategize. It also teaches patience. This chess set makes it easy to play for the beginners. 
  • Reverse Charades: A twisted version of the original charades game... instead of one person acting out the clues, a team of players acts them out for one player. This is a great group game to play. Perfect for sleepovers too. 
  • Face Off Card Game: You can only communicate with other players by the sounds that are on the cards. Tons of fun for younger and older kids. 
  • Classic Yahtzee: Still one our favorites. Not only is it a ton of fun to play, kids really have to put on their thinking caps for this game. 
  • Bounce Off Rock n' Rollz: You will need to perfect your hand eye coordination for this favorite family game. 
  • Monopoly: No matter how many times we have played this game, it always ends up being an entirely new experience. Great classic to always have in your game closet. 
  • Scrabble: The perfect way to practice spelling. Keep a dictionary close by for easy look ups. 
  • Risky Adventure: Go on an adventure and discover artifacts in different locations. 
  • Ubongo: Use geometry to solve the puzzle!
  • Tri-Ominos: If your family likes to play dominos, then this the perfect addition to your game stash. 
  • Sorry!: This game really teaches patience. 
  • Jenga GIANT Family Hardwood Game: This jenga set can reach up to 3 feet high! 
  • Tumult Royale: Gather your resources, claim land, and build.... just be careful. If greed starts to settle in you could be facing a war. 
  • Beat the Parents: It's kids versus parents in this board game. Who will win in your home?
  • Trivial Pursuit Family Edition: There are cards for both kids and adults included in this game. Great way to include everyone in the family. 
  • Scattergories: Come up with as many category names for your topic.... the only twist? The categories have to start with the letter on your dice! Way to get creative. 

 

Favorite Family Games

Did any of your favorite family games make the list? Share your must have board games with me in the comments. I know we can add some more to this list!