This will be my fourth year of the book project and trust me it gets harder each year. The "book" project is a book a day from December 1 through Christmas Eve. I wrap one book for each family for each day in December until Christmas Day. I put all of the books into a basket or a huge tin with the date to open clearly marked on the package. Every night the kids get to open the book with that days date. When the basket/tin is empty it is Christmas Eve.
When we went to the Polar Express, I had the Polar Express book for that day. When we went to The Nutcracker I had a Nutcracker picture book for that day. I try to get some books that are more for the younger set and some for the older kids. When they were smaller there were a few board books. Now I include a few activity books just to keep them busy in December.
The first year I scoured Marshall's, Barnes and Noble and anywhere I could find to come up with 24 books. I made a huge mistake. I did NOT keep track of the books in my book project.
Year two, I went to my best friend, Amazon, and bought books. I made a few mistakes by purchasing books that I had given the kids the year before.
Fast forward to year three. Now I think I am so smart, I will only buy books with a release date of 2015. That does not totally work because they sometimes put on a new cover or release it in paperback when it used to be a hardcover so no promises on this either.
So when my cousin was visiting I decided to start buying the books. I searched for new releases Children's Christmas books in Google. I have started to buy. I am taking note of the books as I purchase them. I have purchased 21 books so far. So I am almost to the half way point. I need a few more than 28 because on Activity book days I get a book for each child. Many of the books I ordered are not released until Oct or Nov but I know that they are in my queue so I do not have to think about it.
|Find a big bucket or tin for your books and decorate. This is a good time to start looking.|
You are probably thinking I am crazy at this point, but it takes a while to wrap 48 books (plus) and I tie them all with pretty bows and then I make big tags with the date the book is to be opened.
|I am recycling my Longaberger baskets into projects like this one. But it does require a big basket.|
I have searched for pics of my book project and I am coming up with nothing. As they start to accumulate I will post and give you some encouragement if you decide to do the "Book project".
Advice for a successful book project:
- Start to accumulate your books early. Now is a good time to start. It is easy to buy a few per week. Buying 24 is daunting.
- Start to wrap early. It takes time to wrap 24 books.
- Find a cool basket or a big tin to hold all of the books. When the basket is empty it is Christmas Eve. One year I sprayed the tins with a glittery paint, one family in red and one in Green. Then I tied jingle bells onto the handles. The past two years I have used big Longaberger baskets because I am trying to diminish my stash. I am down to about 200.
- Record all of the books that you have purchased in case you make this a tradition. Next year you will not repeat books because you can't remember all 24.
- You might want to read the books before you wrap them. I have purchased a couple of doozies over the years. At that time my G kids couldn't read so my kids just had a good reason to make a little fun of me. "Mom, Did you read the books?" No- why-I guess that some of the stories were a little inappropriate for a three or four year old.......I tried.
It is a very fun way to share the love of reading with your kids and Gkids....It is also fun to add a way to help them understand how long it is until Christmas. It seems so quick to us as adults and soooo long when you a re five years old.
Hug those kids today and start a few projects.
"I have my books and my poetry to protect me".....I am a Rock by Simon and Garfunkel. I just could not do a Christmas song....you would confirm my craziness.
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