Creating New Christmas Family Traditions with Books

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

Growing up, Christmas was a very important holiday in our home and, to this day, it is still one of my favorite times of the year. With my father being a minister, my family's traditions centered around the church. The scripture reading of Luke 2 (1- 20) was read before our Christmas Eve dinner and before heading off to church.

Although, now my own family still goes to church Christmas Eve, we read other books as part of our Christmas tradition. Every Christmas Eve we, of course, read “Twas the Night Before Christmas“. It is my nine year old daughter's turn to read it this year and she is already practicing. Other books we read several times over the Christmas holiday are, “The Polar Bear Express” and “Elf on the shelf“. I am always looking for books to include as part of our holiday tradition and this year I have discovered three I am very excited about. I hope that my children will enjoy them as well and that one day they will continue the tradition with their own families.

  The Christmas Web – Begin a new interactive family tradition with The Christmas Web Storybook and three spools of thread. The story describes how elves look over kids throughout the year and learn of their wishes. On Christmas Eve, the elves use the magic wands (three spools of thread) and 70 yards of yarn to create a web throughout the house – around window latches, door knobs, chairs and doors – which leads to a special gift from the elves. On Christmas morning, kids grab the wand from their stocking and follow the web to find their special gift. Each wand can be registered on their interactive website and children can share with their elf what they want for Christmas. Buy directly from The Christmas Web. The book and 3 wands are $39.99.
Christmas Jars – A tradition that starts with the gift of the book and continues all year. This novella by Jason F. Wright is about Hope Jensen, a young journalist, who grieves the loss of her adoptive mother and finds her home burglarized on Christmas Eve. Waking up and finding a jar of money on her doorstep, Hope sets out to learn about the mystery of Christmas Jars in her hometown. The story inspires readers to create their own Christmas Jars. Throughout the year, the whole family adds spare change to the jar until Christmas and then anonymously giving it to a family in need. Go to Christmas Jars for further detail on how to create your own. Start this tradition by buying the book at Amazon for $7.95.
  Stranger in the Woods – Professional photographers, Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, spent many a cold day photographing wildlife and rebuilding the snowman, who is the stranger in the woods, for this book. Beautifully presented with a special 10th Anniversary Snowflake Edition showing a deer stealing the snowman's carrot nose. View the whole series of Stranger in the Woods. $19.95.

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