A lot of families have recently had a guest move into their home since Thanksgiving has come and gone…the Elf on the Shelf. Well, bah-humbug at our house. We do not succumb to the Elf because I do not need more to do this month! Very cute idea, but (in my opinion) a lot of work for the parents if you do-it-up like I would. So for now, no Elf.
However, I did like the Pinterest idea I found about unwrapping a holiday book each day in December. Not a brand new book, but one you already had. And whatcha might not know is that I cannot stand to read children’s books out of season. For real. Halloween book in January? No way. It was always torture for me to read a Santa book during the summer to the kids I watched while in college. Truly pained me. Odd, I know.
So each season I put the kids’ themed books away with other decor. Which keeps them new and exciting every time they return the next season. And we get lots of books as gifts. So I dug into my holiday/kids’ bin and counted the books…perfect amount. So then I spent an hour in front of the TV and wrapped up about 25-30 books. All different shapes and sizes.
Last night I introduced the basket to the girls with the “rules”. The books would only be unwrapped and read on nights of good behavior. So last night bath time and the entire get-ready-for-bed process went pretty smoothly! To kick it off each of them picked one book, but we’ll probably switch between 1-2 books depending on their behavior and the length of the book chosen. I LOVE that it will keep me from reading the same Princess holiday book over and over each night this month.
Below are some pictures of our own book basket.