Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our 2014 Advent Book Basket and Printable Labels

I finally gave up looking for purple wrapping paper and wrapped all the books for our Advent Book Basket in brown paper since I had plenty... It's the first year I haven't been able to find the purple paper locally and I couldn't bring myself to order it online... I ended up making little tags for each and am loving how they are turning out! Almost done, just in time for Advent.

If you'd like to use them too, you can download my Advent Book Basket Labels for 2014 here.

This year the books in our basket are a mix of some of the children's 35 Favorite Christmas Picture Books with a few new ones mixed in to surprise them… We'll unwrap and read one book each night following our family rosary. The rest of our Advent & Christmas book collection is in additional baskets for the children to read whenever they'd like.  The children will also each receive a new Christmas picture book on the feast of St. Nicholas. You can find this year's picks here

Here are the 25 picture books that ended up in our 2014 Advent Book Basket:

November 30 - 1st Sunday of Advent: Waiting for Christmas: A Story About the Advent Calendar*
December 1: The Christmas Cobwebs*
December 5: The Miracle of Saint Nicholas (study guide in Catholic Mosaic)
December 6 - St. Nicholas: St. Nicholas: The Legend of St. Nicholas (NEW) GREAT new book for the feast! 
December 7 - 2nd Sunday of Advent: The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (NEW) details here
December 8 - Immaculate Conception: Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
December 9 - St. Juan Diego: The First Christmas Stocking*
December 10 - Our Lady of Loreto: A Small Miracle
December 11 - Our Lady Queen of the Angels: The Donkey's Dream
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe: Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13 - Santa Lucia Day: Nutcracker  (NEW) Purchased on clearance last January. I also hope to take the girls to see the performance on either the 13th or 14th. 
December 14 - 3rd Sunday of Advent/Gaudete Sunday: Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing
December 15 - Rose's Birthday: The Legend of the Christmas Rose 
December 16: Katie's London Christmas (NEW) Love all the Katie Books and look forward to reading this one too. They have been a great addition to our art course. 
December 17 - O Sapientia: Christmas at Stony Creek
December 18 - O Adonai: The Doll's Christmas
December 19 - O Radix Jesse - Bud's Birthday: Christmas in the Barn
December 20 - O Clavis David:  A Christmas Carol: A Pop-Up Book (NEW) This will wrap up our December Christmas Carol Literature Unit Study and we'll be going to see the performance at a local theater. 
December 21 - O Oriens: One Christmas Dawn*
December 22 - O Rex Gentium: Christmas in the Trenches
December 23 - O Emmanual: Bethlehem 
December 24 - Vigil of Christmas: The Night Before Christmas (NEW) So excited to see this book back in print this year. It's the version I remember from my own childhood.

* = Study Guide Available in Christmas Mosaic

I also purchased A Tree for Peter (and pre-ordered The Chestry Oak for Snuggles' Easter Basket). I've had these book on my wish list for years and had been unable to find a reasonably priced secondhand copy. I'm so excited to see that it was re-released last week! It will end up in one of the children's Stacks of Books on Christmas Morning

I hope you all have a blessed First Sunday of Advent!