A new tradition, a Christmas Book Advent


This year is Little Mr’s second ever Christmas and as we started a few new Christmas traditions last year, we wanted to add to that this year. I saw the idea of a Christmas Book Advent when Little Mr was a baby and stored it away for when he was old enough and had an interest in books. To my delight, Little Mr is a right little bookworm. He loves books. We have read to him from a very early age and a bedtime story is an essential part of our bedtime routine so we thought a Christmas Book Advent would be ideal for him.

What is a Christmas Book Advent?

A Christmas Book Advent is a countdown from 1st December to 24th December in books. I have wrapped 24 new books up for Little Mr to open, look at, read and enjoy. There’s a mix of books in the advent for him to enjoy. Some books featuring his favourite characters such as Peppa Pig and Mr Men. There’s books featuring Penguins and Polar Bears, a couple of tradition Christmas stories as well as some fabulous new books that we have been gifted by Campbell books. Watch out for our book reviews in early December.

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Pop back to the blog in the next few days for a fantastic giveaway courtesy of Campbell
where you could win a collection of their new Christmas titles.

I really hope Little Mr loves his Christmas Book Advent. I don’t think we’re spoiling him with books. In my view, books are there to learn from and I really want to encourage him to read a variety of different books as both I and his Daddy did when we were growing up.

How much did it cost?

The Christmas Book Advent didn’t cost me much money at all. I bought over 30 new books from various bookshops and because I shopped around, the books cost me less than £1 each. I’ve got some books left over that I’ll introduce over the next year to continue his learning and broaden his knowledge and enjoyment of books.


Have you done a Christmas Book Advent before? These books will last much longer than a nasty cheap chocolate advent calendar and is a lot more fun!

Don’t forget to check back on the blog in the next few days for the Campbell Christmas Book giveaway and keep an eye out in early December for the Campbell Christmas book reviews.

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  • Reply Susan Mann

    What a great idea x

    13/11/2014 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Cate @meaddthree

    I love this idea so much, I will definitely do it this year. Both my kids love books, and I know they would be so excited to do this! #ChristmasCountdown

    13/11/2014 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Sam Rickelton

    Ah we’ve made a book advent tree this year too – I think it’s a fab idea!

    13/11/2014 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I’ve seen a few people do this over the last couple of years and would do it myself although I buy a lot of books through the year anyway so think it would be a bit overwhelming! A great way to introduce new books though, Little Mr is going to love it! x

    13/11/2014 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply laura (@chickywiggle)

    We had some old Christmas books, a few new ones bought last year and have bought some more this year so now have enough for our own advent books (yay) and I’m hoping to create an activity each day to go with them.
    (in fact we may have more than 24 – ooops)

    Can’t wait to hear about your choices.

    14/11/2014 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply MyLifeMyLove

    Wow, I absolutely love this idea. What a fab way to inspire reading and create excitement. I think ill pinch this idea next year! thank you! x

    15/11/2014 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Catherine Burgess

    I saw this idea and love it, I worry that it’s a bit much for Sprog this year but I think next year he’ll be ready for it!

    16/11/2014 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Mummy's Blog

    I think this is a lovely idea, definitely something I will be doing with mine when she’s older x

    18/11/2014 at 8:55 pm
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