A few years ago, my friend Elsie shared a holiday tradition that her family enjoys. Each year, they have a family book box for the holiday weekend. Instead of a book for each stocking or a book under the tree for each family member, they wrap all of the books into one box and open it as a family late in the day on Christmas or the day after. As an avid lover of books this tradition held great appeal to me! Of course, I thought, why does it have to be Christmas? This is the sort of tradition that could hold for any holiday where families might need a little down time after a busy day.
This year, we had a book box for the day after Thanksgiving. We included a few treasured box sets, Tim and I each went book shopping for each other with a budget, and then there were a few new surprises as well.
This set is obviously a little pricey, but they have quickly become the most loved books in our household. They are perfect for little hands, interesting for all three of my oldest, and simple enough for Aidan to read independently. There are complete volumes that are less expensive, but we like the fact that each short story is in its own individual book in this set.
One of the neat things is that we already had this DVD set. I was completely shocked at how well the books line up with the BBC DVDs. Now when I turn on one of the DVDs (which were already favorites) Kylee runs to go get the matching book. They are also great character building and conversation books. One of the books begins, "I have made many books about well-behaved people. Now, for a change, I am going to make a story about two disagreeable people..."
Since it was such a roaring success the first go around, I have no doubt that the book box will be making itself a permanent fixture in our family traditions.
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