In addition to using birds, we are using books to count down to Christmas.
I read about this idea a few years ago and was recently reminded of it on Ali Edwards's blog. I love it for a few reasons.
For starters, it cost me nothing and was quick to put together. I took 24 of our Christmas books and simply tied twine or ribbon around them, added a countdown tag, and voila! Project done; ready to go. We'll read one special book a day between now and Christmas.
The next thing I love is that our advent book bin holds a mixture of books from my childhood and new books the girls have been getting from me and others for the past five years at Christmas time. There are secular books, religious books, and a few that are sort of generically about the winter season to round it out.
I love that we will read each of these books at least once this season, instead of ignoring some in favor of others. It's an equal opportunity reading experience this year. So far, we've read the daily advent book at bedtime with our other stories.
Of course, the last book, the one we will read on Christmas Eve, will be 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
The first book, which we read on December 1st, was this one:
Which means of course that this guy is with us for the 4th year in a row. The girls are thankful that, just like Santa and the IRS, he finds us wherever we move.
Welcome back, Loo Lee! I hope you'll keep us all in line this year.
(Book tags are a free printable from Domesticated Lady.)