Another tradition Ned and I started was every year we let the kids pick one new book to add to our collection (usually Sam's Club or Costco) and sometimes with a little encouragement on our end. But this year it was a fun book! (**our books)
*A Pirate's Night Before ChristmasPhilip Yates
They love to gather by the fire (usually upstairs in our bedroom on the floor) and even when its still 75* outside. But regardless we have fun reading a few books each night.
Here's a few more we enjoy:
The Gift of the Magi by O Henry
*The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston
*O Come, All Ye Faithful by David Christiana
A Pirate's Twelve Days of ChristmasPhilip Yates
*Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor
There Was A COLD Lady Who Swallowed Some SNOW!
*The Night Before Christmas by Moore
Of course this is a CLASSIC in our home:
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Most people already know I am a Mormon, so this next one is a beautiful one with pictures, stories, and songs telling of the Birth of Christ.
*A Book of Mormon Christmas
The Carpenter's Gift by David Rubel
So if you can take some time out of sipping cocoa, hanging up decorations, or (don't mention the word here) shopping. Be sure to (TAKE A LOOK IN A BOOK!)