Christmas traditions. We all have traditions of one kind or another including baking, caroling, decorating, family gatherings, special outings, and more.
As I was thinking of some of the Christmas traditions in my family, I realized that books have had (and continue to have) a special place in our Christmas traditions.
One way I incorporated book into the holidays was by making Christmas books special for my kids. As my kids opened a special advent calendar every morning, they’d find a slip of paper announcing our special activity for the day. We had red-and-green day, candy-cane day, St. Nicholas Day, and many more.
One of those fun advent days also happened to be Christmas book day. I’d bring out a big bin of Christmas books, and we’d spend the morning reading all of their favorite Christmas stories (and they’d color in Christmas coloring books).
Over the years, I collected dozens of wonderful Christmas stories, and the kids loved re-reading them every Christmas. Unfortunately, this past summer during a major flood in our town when we had two feet of water in our basement, I lost ALL of my Christmas books! I guess that means I have to start a new tradition of collecting them again!
Another way I’ve made books a part of my Christmas traditions is by listening to Christmas audio books. I collected dramatized radio theater books as well as CDs of Christmas books—like A Christmas Carol or the Legend of the Candy Cane.
In recent years, another tradition involving books is signing books for local friends. One friend in particular buys all the books I publish each year and gives them as gifts to her family and friends. She brings the stack of books to my house, and I sign a personal note in each and every book. I’ve been doing this particular tradition for many years and I love it!
I also send signed bookplates to readers who want to give my books as Christmas presents. A bookplate is a fancy word for a sticker that goes into the front of a book. Authors do this for readers as a way to “sign” a book. (If you’d like to me do that for a friend or family member, send me a Facebook message with your mailing address along with the name of the person you’re giving the book to.)
How do YOU make books a part of your Christmas celebration? And what is YOUR favorite Christmas story or book?
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