Focus holiday traditions around reading, and make memories for a lifetime with the picture book advent calendar tradition!
To establish this cherished holiday tradition, scour the house (and neighborhood yard sales!) to find children's Christmas storybooks; you'll need 24 books to set up your picture book advent calendar. A sustainable, frugal alternative? Reserve 24 books from the local library!
Wrap the books in gift wrap, then stack in a large basket or decorated box.
Beginning on December 1, have children unwrap and read one book each night through Christmas Eve.
The quiet time calms frazzled children, and parents and grandparents enjoy listening to uplifting holiday tales during the season.
Inexpensive, stiff-bristled paint brushes--in a variety of widths--are a great addition to the cleaning tote. Use them to dust the tops of books, whisk dirt from baseboards and corners, clean dust from blinds, and remove crumbs from upholstery.