Blogmas Day 1

I’m doing something new this year… 24 days of Blogmas. I shall post a festive post everyday until Christmas day. I hope you enjoy what I have in store for this series. Keep your eyes peeled daily for topics such as DIY Christmas decorations, gift ideas for book lovers, and no bake Christmas treats. Not all posts will be writerly or bookish, but I will try to include aspects where I can. However, I can guarantee they will all be festive.

Bookish Advent

As you can guess from the title, this post is an alternative to a chocolate advent calendar. My daughter receives a chocolate calendar from the grandparents, and my son is just 7 months old, so we have chosen to do something a little different- 24 days, 24 books.

A bookish advent calendar is great for young or old. Just purchase books that suit the recipient’s age and tastes.

‘This must be pricey?’ I hear you cry. No, not if you’re thrifty. All the books I have purchased are second hand. Thrift shops and social media selling sites have been my best friends for this project. I managed to get 3 for £1 deals in the thrift shops, and I even bought many books for just 20p!

There are some sellers on Etsy and Ebay that will sell a set of 24 gift wrapped, children’s books for this very reason. If you don’t have time to scour around for good quality, second hand books, this is a great option.

Once you have your 24 books, you wrap them individually and allow the recipient to open one a day until Christmas. Children’s books that are shorter in length can be used as your bedtime read each night.

I used different wrapping papers for my children to make it easier to differentiate.

Bonus suggestion:

We have elves stay with us from December 1st to the 24th. It is getting harder and harder to think up fun, mischievous things for them to get up to each night. This year, our elves will hide each day’s books for the kids (my daughter) to find.

Content belongs to K.J.Chapman

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