Create a Holiday Book Flood

There are many ways to create beautiful advent traditions in your family. 

We have used chocolate advent calendars from Trader Joe's, read through All Creation Waits and Unearthing Wonder, and even made our own animal advent calendar to coincide with All Creation Waits.

We have also made our own clay advent wreath to place a candle in for each day of advent.

Another way we have celebrated advent is by wrapping up 25 favorite Christmas stories and opening them one at a time leading up to Christmas.

This made an activity we already to at Christmas, reading aloud, into an exciting advent activity.

In Iceland, this custom of wrapping up books and giving them as Christmas gifts is called a "book flood" or, Jólabókaflóð. As homeschoolers who love sharing beautiful books with our children, this is a perfect tradition to adopt. And what better way to introduce it than one story at a time over the whole month of December!

We have an exciting new resource for you this year so you can recreate this fun holiday memory. 

Introducing the Peaceful Press Holiday Book Flood! 

Over the 25 days preceding Christmas you can enjoy:

🌲 A new read aloud each day with Youtube links

🌲 An active game or nature study activity

🌲Something to make, a recipe, craft, or handmade gift

🌲Something to look at or listen to; a poem, art work, or hand rhyme

We also include 25 cards with the activities so you can hang them on twine for a visual advent calendar!

This is an all ages guide that would be a fun daily morning time activity, and when paired with our Unearthing Wonder Advent Guide, would make your holiday holy and happy.

Here is a peek at the 25 books we've selected for this resource. We included a mix of heartwarming Christ centered stories, nature themed stories, and a few that are just for fun!

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Nutcracker illustrated by Valeria Do Campo

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry

Three Wise Kings by Tomie de Paola

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

The Message of the Birds by Kate Westerlund

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Legend of the Poinsettias by Tomie de Paola

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora

Candle Walk by Karin Holsinger Sherman

Sounding Joy by Ellie Holcomb

Santa’s Lost Reindeer by Rachel Hilz

The Friendly Beasts by Tomie de Paola

Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer

The Candymaker's Gift by Helen Haidle

Christmas Farm by Mary Lyn Ray

The Tree That’s Meant To Be by Yuval Zommer

If You Take A Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff

A Simple Christmas on the Farm by Phyllis Alsdurf

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore

An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell

 Click Here to Purchase the Peaceful Press Holiday Book Flood!


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Hi! In the past have you bought all the books to unwrap or gotten some from the library or how do you go about getting all 25 practically? Thanks!

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