Saturday, November 26, 2011

Advent Basket of Books

They are all wrapped up and ready to be opened starting tomorrow. One for every day of the Advent season and 12 for Christmas. I am posting the list here as a reminder to me in the future. It seems like I never keep a copy for my records and each year I start from scratch coming up with an order. Hopefully, this post takes care of that. Feel free to peruse the list. You might find one "new to you". Some are secular and some are religious. I'll be back to highlight one of my favorites later.

*Advent Books

November 27: Spirit Child: A story of the Nativity
November 28: A Golfer's Night Before Christmas
November 29: Mortimer's Christmas Manger
November 30: Jesus' Christmas Party
December 1: Country Angel Christmas
December 2: The Legend of the Candy Cane
December 3: Corgiville Christmas
December 4: The Little Fir Tree
December 5: The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
December 6: The Legend of Saint Nicholas
December 7: Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons
December 8: An Orange for Frankie
December 9: The Lady of Guadalupe
December 10: The Christmas Donkey (Little Golden Books)
December 11: The Night of Las Posadas (Picture Puffins)
December 12: The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe Empress of the Americas
December 13: Hanna's Christmas
December 14: Lucia, Saint of Light
December 15: The Christmas Kitten (Timeless Tales)
December 16: One Snowy Night
December 17: Papa's Christmas Gift: Around the World on the Night Before Christmas
December 18: Angela and the Baby Jesus: (Children's Edition)
December 19: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition
December 20: The Friendly Beasts
December 21: The Three Gifts of Christmas: Book with Audio CD
December 22: The Homeless Christmas Tree
December 23: The Miraculous Child: A Christmas Folktale from Old Russia
December 24: A Gift from St. Nicholas

Christmas Books
(Wrapped in gold but not in the basket until Christmas morning!)

December 25: Father and Son: A Nativity Story
December 26: Stephen's Feast
December 27: Good King Wenceslas
December 28: All for the Newborn Baby
December 29: There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve
December 30: Saint Francis Celebrates Christmas
December 31: This Is the Star
January 1: Through the Animals' Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas
January 2: The Animals' Christmas Eve (Little Golden Book)
January 3: The Shepherd's Christmas Story
January 4: The Saint Who Became Santa Claus
January 5: Silent Night
January 6: The Story of the Three Wise Kings

*This is not our entire collection. Some are set favorites but I like to rotate others every year or so.


  1. Wow -- great list! I thought for sure Tomie DePaol's "Clown of God" would be on there .. have you read it? Brings tears to my eyes EVERY reading!
    Have a blessed Advent!

  2. I don't think I have read that one. I will double check with my oldest who remembers everything we read. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. What a great list of books! There are some from your basket that we haven't read before and will have to check out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You haven't read The Clown of God? You must, you must, you MUST!

  5. Thanks for this list, Charlotte..I have never wrapped our books but I hope to get them wrapped today and our candles made, too. This week-end has been too busy but I am happy to be home ALL day today! Hugs to you and be sure and read Clown of God! :)

  6. Charlotte, that was a great post!

  7. I'm freaking out with joy over Corgiville Christmas. I have Corgiville Fair from when I was very little. It is one of those books I read and loved over and over many many times. I never knew about the Christmas book. Did a little "one-click" shopping there ;-) An amazingly hysterical book, when read with great inflection and exasperation (the feeling of the innkeeper). "Jesus' Christmas Party" by Nicholas Allan is the favorite book here!

  8. I love Mortimer's Christmas Manger. Such a sweet story. We are starting this activity this year, although I do not have enough books. I think I have twelve, so we will count down to Christmas (even though doing it after would be more appropriate).

  9. I've heard of doing this before but I thought there was no way I would be able to find that many good Christmas book ("good" being the key word there!). But it looks like you have. I haven't heard of many of the books on your list, but I'm definitely going to keep this in mind and check them out!


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