Monday, December 29, 2008

Post-Holiday Tip For Parents

We know that many of you most likely have a big collection of books that your children love to read or have read to them. Have you collected any seasonally themed books, like Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas books that you keep on the shelf most of the year, or that end up getting lost? Here's a great tip we found on ParentHacks.com.

Pack those seasonal books away with your other holiday decorations! This way it's like a "new" book the following year, and it will help keep your kids library a bit more organized...

5 comments:

Nieka Apell said...

If you have a really large collection of Christmas books, you can also giftwrap them and have children choose one each day in December as part of an "advent" countdown. You can even number them so that the more general winter ones come first, with Santa and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the end!

CWDkids said...

What a fabulous idea!

Anonymous said...

I found an Advent calendar this year that had a little book for each day instead of just a window to open. Look for them next year! Happy holidays everyone.

Anonymous said...

I found an Advent calendar this year that had a little book for each day instead of just a window to open. Look for them next year! Happy holidays everyone.

mommaofsix said...

We wrap Christmas books too, but just the new ones. We use that in combination with our pocketed Advent calendar. Our Advent calendar is made of fabric and has a little pocket for each day up to Christmas. There is a little note that my husband and I put in each pocket for the children. Some of the notes say that we will read a new Christmas book. On those days they get a new Christmas book which is wrapped and added to our collection of Christmas books. We have done that for years and now have well over 50 books which only come out at Christmas.

The younger children now love for their older siblings to read them the stories. The older children love to read them again and again and remember when they heard them for the first time.

Also, after Christmas is a perfect time to go to bookstores and pick up Christmas books at up to 75% off. I have gotten many gems that way. The children do not get to see those until the next Christmas.