What is a Christmas Book Countdown?


If you are looking for a fun alternative to a traditional chocolate-based Advent calendar, why not consider a Christmas Book Countdown?  I have seen this to be a fast growing trend in the last few years and now shop for suitable seasonal books all year long to fill the demand here at TheBookLady.ca.

cThe concept is really quite simple:  your child/children get to open a wrapped book-a-day, every day, leading up to Christmas.  You can do a seven day countdown, ten, twelve, twenty…or as most do, you can use the same time frame as an Advent calendar by starting on December 1st and having twenty-four books.   The idea is that the last book gets opened on December 24th, Christmas Eve.  The entire activity is meant to give kids a visual understanding of how long they have to wait until Christmas/Santa arrives.

Most people choose a combination of seasonal books related to Christmas, Hanukkah, snowmen etc.; while many like to carry a religious theme throughout the selection; some choose new books every year; and some re-use old favourites and only switch some titles from year to year.  Really, anything goes! 

Once your books are chosen, just wrap them up, number them, and then have your kids open one day, starting with the largest number and ending with #1 on Christmas Eve. As you can see from the photos that I’ve shared…you can go as elaborate or as simple as you like.  It is all personal choice.

And, of course, the best part of this tradition is getting to snuggle up and read a new book with your little one(s)…everyday!

Enjoy and just click on any of the pictures to learn more about creating your own Holiday Book Countdown.



  1. Absolutely love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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