Christmas is one the most anticipated and celebrated holidays around our home. One of the traditions we look forward to is that each year we try to do as many countdowns as we can feasibly do to help make the season more festive. One of those countdowns is our annual Christmas Book Tree!
Since my children were toddlers our family has done a countdown to Christmas using Christmas storybooks and our storybook tree. The way we do this is by wrapping a selection of our Christmas books and spreading them out under a special Christmas Book Tree. Each day we open one wrapped storybook and read it together as a family. While this is special to our family and has become a tradition over the last eight years, I wanted to find a way this year to further update this tradition to align more with our children’s ages of 8 and 10. The trick is trying to come up with a way to keep this same tradition in place, but add an educational element to it wrapped up like a little present from Santa’s workshop. Thus, this version of our Christmas Book Tree was born in our household last year. You can read all about it HERE and learn how to make your own Christmas Book Tree Topper too!
Last year many people asked what books we selected and how do I come up with the clues, so, this year I wanted to help everyone out by providing a list of books that we will be using in our family and provide a FREE Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown: Book Clue Tags printable to use as well. This printable includes a list of 25 Christmas storybooks that are family favorites of ours. Also included are matching clues that can be hung on your Christmas Book Tree. And as an added bonus, if you decide to use different or additional storybooks, I have included blank tags for you to use for those.
With that in mind, here is what you will need to make your own Book Clue Tags for your Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown this year:
- Christmas Book Tree, Decorated (See how to make your own HERE)
- 25 Christmas Storybooks
- My FREE Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown: Book Clue Tags, printed
- Wrapping Paper (This year I choose to use this one HERE)
Once you have all your supplies assembled you can follow these easy instructions to set-up your story books and book clue tags:
1) The first thing to do is set-up and decorate your Christmas Book Tree for your Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown.
2) Then, select 25 Christmas themed storybooks to use this year. Once you have selected your books it is time to create a fun fact clue tag for each book and write them on the blank tags or, if you are using the book list from my FREE Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown: Book Clue Tags then your clues are already set. I plan to use the following Christmas Storybooks from my family’s favorites this year:
- A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz
- A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates
- A Royal Christmas by Lisa Ann Marsoli
- Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson
- Dream Snow by Eric Carle
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- Jingle All the Way by Tom Shay-Zapien
- Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
- Mickey Mouse Flies the Christmas Mail a Little Golden Book
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer a Little Golden Book
- Santa’s Toy Shop Walt Disney Golden Book
- Snow Angel by Jean Marzollo
- Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
- Spot’s Magical Christmas by Eric Hill
- The Berenstain Bears Save Christmas by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
- The Happy Elf by Harry Connick, Jr.
- The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas by Watty Piper
- The Pokey Little Puppy’s First Christmas a Little Golden Book
- The Snow Must Go On by Molly Wigand and Hallmark
- The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
- The Snowman and the Snowdog by Raymond Briggs
- The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman
- There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
- Turkey Claus by Wendy Silvano
3) Once you have all the clue tags written, wrap all the storybooks as a family. Be sure to be careful so that you do not damage the books by being sure to tape the wrapping paper edges to each other instead of the sides of the book you are wrapping.
4) Once the books are all wrapped, add some twine, ribbon, or bows to make them more fun. I used a fun twine that is red and white like candy canes. Then, place all the wrapped storybooks around the base of your Christmas Book Tree.
5) Once all the storybooks are under your Christmas Book Tree, use twine, ribbon, or ornament hangers and attach all the clue tags to your Christmas Book Tree. This year I attached the clues to these tags with glue and allowed them to dry before hanging them on our Christmas Book Tree.
Now you are ready to have some Christmas Book Tree countdown fun! Each day, as a family, select one book from under your Christmas Book Tree, unwrap it, and read it. Then, have your children search out the matching clue that goes with the Christmas storybook you just read. We start using our Christmas Book Tree on December 1st.
Hopefully your family will enjoy your Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown as much as mine and maybe even start a new tradition and do it each year.
Would you like to add my Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown 2014 Book List and Clue Tags to your holiday fun this year? Then Click the link below to download a copy of my FREE Christmas Book Tree Activity Countdown: Book Clue Tags for FREE!
I hope that this creative and fun storybook project can bring some of our family’s HO-HO-Holiday storybook fun to your family by sharing our Christmas Book Tree fun again this December!
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