A book advent is a lovely way to countdown to Christmas and get cosied up in front of the fire on an evening and wind down before bedtime.
The idea is a nod to the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod which translates literally to “book flood”. In Iceland, people gift each other books on Christmas Eve and just read and eat chocolates. Which to me sounds absolutely perfect, so why wouldn’t you want to do this every night in December!
Where to source the books
Because you need quite a few books, to keep it affordable I recommend picking them up from marketplace sites and charity shops. Alternatively, places like The Works do bundle discounts which make it a lot cheaper too. A lot of the houses near me also pop boxes of children’s books at the end of their drive with a “help yourself” sign on. I love spotting these and letting the kids scramble to find something new to them!
What books to include
Personally, I make sure that all the books have a festive theme but you could include and, or maybe just the last one include Santa? I really don’t think it matters. Your children will enjoy the thrill of opening a gift every day in December and more importantly remember the warm snuggle as you read together.
Wrap them however you want! Some people go fancy, shiny and wrapped in ribbon. Some people go brown paper and stamped with the date numbers on them. Perhaps you’ll stack them in size order and make it look like a Christmas tree? Basically, there are no rules to just wrap in a way that would appeal to your children.