Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Traditions, New and Old #ChosenByKids

Today's post is brought to you by Sverve and Walmart.  All opinions are my own.

As a transplant to the Florida area, I get a little sad around the holidays.  Each year as a little girl growing up, we would attend a big Christmas Eve celebration with the family.  The location changed every year but we looked forward to seeing all of the cousins.  Since I am no longer within a driving distance of these relatives, I am relying on myself for new holiday traditions.

With my little family, I am so excited to enjoy each holiday!  Both children love holidays and share in the fun with me.  We do a traditional Thanksgiving dinner (even though the husband doesn't like turkey),  decorate the tree as a family, and this year we added a friendly elf to our holiday!

We can do all of these things but adding in a little learning is the most important part to me.  Allyson is in Kindergarten this year, so I am taking this opportunity to do a 25 Books of Christmas.  A new tradition for my family!  You want to know the rules?  Okay, listen up!

  1. Purchase 25 books that your family will love.  
  2. Wrap all 25 books and keep them under the Christmas Tree!
  3. Starting on December 1st, let a child choose a book. (We alternate who's turn it is each night)
  4. Let the child unwrap the chosen book.
  5. Sit TOGETHER as a FAMILY and enjoy the book!

So, now that I have the learning part of our Christmas out of the way, I'm heading to Walmart to grab some of the hottest toys this season!  Our children deserve to have something nice and shiny on Christmas morning, right?

I will be attending the event at my local Walmart on December 13th!  The Walmart Toyland Event is sure to be tons of fun!  If you're not able to make it to your local Walmart on on the 13th, there are a few other options!  Check out which fits into your schedule on the list!  You never know, you might see me out, picking up a few great toys for my crazy bunch!


  1. Love the idea of 25 books of Christmas! Its a great family time activity and allows Ally the opportunity to practice her reading skills! So creative!

  2. This is such a great idea! My girls love books! We have at least 100 of them so this would be easy! Thanks!

  3. We do something pretty similar except its a mix of books and toys the kids get so much from family that we started doing the 12 days of Christmas they get to open a gift each of the 1 days before Christmas I love your idea

  4. I love this idea! We love books in our house so this would be a huge hit with my girls!

  5. What a great way to build your child's library. This may also help the problem of my kids asking to open a present everyday!

  6. This book ideal is super--sort of like a Learning Advent!! Books are much better then Chocolate =)

  7. I LOVE this idea! I might try this next year ;)