Thursday, November 25, 2010

Adventing a Reader

In which Green Bean hopes to make a Meaningful Memory.

Photo courtesy of Jess Nichols from Sweet Eventide.

We have an advent calender that we pull out of the attic year after year. It is a little wooden number that we fill with odds and ends - coins, the occasional chocolate, a promise of a special event. When the first door swings open on December 1, the Christmas season has officially begun.

This year, though, I'm going to try something a little different. Sure, we'll still put out our wooden advent calendar but we will also see the advent of a reader.

Last year, too late and too disorganized, I stumbled upon the idea of a December Book and Activity Advent from the divine children's craft website, The Crafty Crow. The idea is to read a different holiday themed book for each day of December leading up to Christmas and to couple that reading with a craft activity.

A daily craft activity might be a bit much for - even my eco-elves - during the busy month of December! But to read one special, unique book a night for the first 25 days of December? To think ahead, reserve those books at the library (ours will do this for free for children's books)?To not spend one penny? To leave virtually impact on the Earth and put nothing in the garbage can? And to do it all while giving the gift of reading to those I love most?

That sounds like the greatest gift of all.

Happiest of holidays.

This post is for the Green Moms Carnival to be hosted at The Green Parent on December 6th.


Jessica Nichols said...

One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler is one of our favorite winter books, it's a great story about gift-giving.

Green Bean said...

Oh, that looks like a great one!! I'll definitely add it to our list.

Condo Blues said...

To make it simpler you could look for a chapter book and takes turning reading out loud for each day in December.

Jenn said...

This is an awesome idea! I'm a little late getting started, but I know my girls will love this! I'll be hitting the library tomorrow!!


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