This post on a blog called "BakedBree" absolutely made my day.
Bree, a mother of three, has a really cool Christmas tradition which I'll let her explain from her blog:
"Each year, I give the kids a Christmas book with a little note and the date inside. There is also an extra book that also gets the year inside, and that one is for the house. Each child gets their own book and when they grow up and have their own families to celebrate Christmas with, they will take them with them. The extra book for the house will stay with me, and hopefully, God willing, Wes and I will read them to our grandchildren.
I started this tradition 14 years ago, on William’s first Christmas. I wrap the books and give them to the kids with a new pair of Christmas pajamas. They open their books, put on new jammies, we read them, and send them to dream of sugar plums and reindeer. That is the idea, but you probably have kids and know that isn’t how it works. But that’s the intention….
I should also mention that they only come out in December. They get packed up with the decorations and the fact they have a short shelf life (how’s that for a pun?) makes them even more special. You know that the holidays are kicking into full gear when the book tubs come out."
Bree had each of her kids pick out their four favorite Christmas books and I was thrilled to see that Off the Hook made William's cut. Here is what Bree had to say:
"This book is so cute. Competing sides of ornaments on the tree have to find their missing star. The star is what tells Santa which houses to visit."
Thanks Bree and William for including Off the Hook and for sharing the beautiful pictures and details of your special Christmas tradition!
You can read more from Bree over at BakedBree.com.