25 Christmas Books

Since I’m such a huge Christmas lover, I’ve already started on a little project that I need your help on!

I saw an idea on Pinterest several years ago that has just stuck with me, so this year it’s happening at the Donahoo house!

The idea is very simple. Buy 25 children’s Christmas books and wrap each one individually. Starting December 1st, let your kids pick and unwrap one book a day and read it together as a family! Our babies LOVE books (even though they may not always understand what’s going on right now- particularly Lily Ryan!) so I’m excited about starting this tradition this year and carrying it on for years to come!

I’ve currently found 17 books that seem cool. But I need 25 total! So I’m asking for your help!

Do you have a favorite Christmas book? Parents, what books do your kids love? What was your favorite Christmas book as a child? Have any of y’all done this before? What were the hits?!

I’m trying to keep all of the books either centered on baby Jesus, on a classic Christmas story, or on an uplifting story that has a sweet heart to it! I’d LOVE your input! Several friends and family members have already made great suggestions but I still need a few more!

Here’s what we’ve got so far!

25 Christmas books for the 25 days of Christmas!

// Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree // Song of the Stars // Dream Snow // Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer //

25 Christmas books for the 25 days of Christmas!

// Humphrey’s First Christmas // The Best Christmas Story //

25 Christmas books for the 25 days of Christmas!

// God Gave Us Christmas // The Christmas Story // The Night Before Christmas // Bear Stays Up for Christmas //

25 Christmas books for the 25 days of Christmas!

// The Birth of Jesus // The Little Fir Tree // Christmas in the Manger //

25 Christmas books for the 25 days of Christmas!

// Who is Coming to Our House? // The Christmas Baby // Room for a Little One // Corduroy’s Christmas Surprise //

I haven’t gotten to read all of these yet (let’s be honest– the first time I read some of them will be when the kids unwrap them) so I don’t know 100% if some of these are even any good! Ha! It’ll still be fun. And this is something we can tweak throughout the years as our babies outgrow some of the more “kiddy” books and are ready for longer/more in depth stories! For now, I’m trying to keep them all somewhat short since attention spans are not always very long around here! 😉

Anyway, PLEASE leave any and all suggestions! I’d love to have this little project wrapped up in the next couple of weeks! 🙂

Thank y’all so so so much for your help! Can’t wait to check out what y’all recommend! And thanks a million for stopping by today. Means so much to me! 🙂 Have a great day! XOXO!

The Honest Company


  1. Lindsey September 21, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Even though they may not be old enough for it yet, I have always loved the children’s book “The Tale of Three Trees.” One becomes a manger, one becomes a fishing boat, and one becomes a cross.

    • thelovelybee September 21, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Oooooo that sounds like a great book! I may go ahead and get it and rotate it in a few years down the road if it’s a little too mature for them now! Thanks Linds!!! 🙂

  2. Kylie September 21, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    We do this too. My girls love unwrapping one each night. It keeps them away from the other presents. Some that we like that you don’t have pictured are: The Sweet Smell of Christmas (it’s a scratch and sniff), Llama Llama Holiday Drama, The Twelve days of Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    And I don’t have this one but I have another of her board books and it’s really cute and was a favorite: You are my Merry Little Christmas by Joyce Wan

    • thelovelybee September 22, 2016 / 9:43 am

      These sound great! Can’t wait to look into them! And great thought on keeping them away from the other presents! haha perfect!!

  3. April Crowell September 25, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I have some beloved Christmas books from my childhood! Some of these are a little long, but the artwork is gorgeous! Just a few from my collection… The Polar Express, The Christmas Miracle of Johnathan Toomey, The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado, Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou, and I also suggest Tale of the Three Trees!

    • thelovelybee September 26, 2016 / 10:40 am

      I had forgotten that The Crippled Lamb was a Christmas book! We have that one and I LOVE it! (It makes me cry!) 🙂 I will definitely look up these others! Definitely plan on getting Tale of Three Trees (even if it’s a little too long for the kids now, we can rotate it in in the future!) 🙂

      Thanks for the great suggestions!!

  4. Wall Tapestry September 26, 2016 / 5:30 am

    I can’t wait . Where can I buy this? “Who is coming to our house” is the nice book for Christmas. Thanks for sharing………..

    • thelovelybee October 10, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      If you click on that book title, it takes you to where you can purchase it! 🙂

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