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Favorite Christmas Read-Aloud Books & Holiday Links!


Today I thought I would share some of our all-time favorite Christmas read-aloud books.  As I have said before, we love our afternoon read-aloud times, so after Thanksgiving we turn our reading time to some of our favorite Christmas books (click on the covers to go to Amazon for more details on each book).  You will also find below my favorite Christmas lesson plans and links.  I hope you enjoy these!   Here they are…

Grandpa’s Box

Christmas in My Heart series

Jotham’s Journey

Tabitha’s Travels

Bartholomew’s Passage

The Tale of Three Trees

One Wintry Night

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Online Christmas Lessons

Over the years I have found some neat unit studies and activities online and would like to share the links with you! There are some wonderful units listed below ~ and they are all FREE! Enjoy!

https://www.jesustreedecorations.com
Make a Jesus Tree! You can download a PDF file with the Jesus Tree Ornaments and lessons to go along with each ornament!

https://www.easyfunschool.com/article1679.html – Original Unit Study
https://www.easyfunschool.com/NamesofJesus.html – Expanded Unit Study
Names of Jesus Unit Study

https://www.easyfunschool.com/Blessed.pdf
A Blessed Christmas: A Unit Study Approach to Studying the Symbols of Christmas
This unit study is EXCELLENT! This link will take you to the PDF file. You can save the PDF file to your hard drive and then print it out for use over and over!

https://www.easyfunschool.com/article1680.html
Good Christian Men Rejoice Unit Study
This unit study covers some of the favorite Christmas Hymns!

https://www.easyfunschool.com/IndexChristmas.html
This is EasyFunSchool’s Christmas page! There are so many great ideas here! Take a look!

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=545
Jesse Tree Instructions

Sheri’s List of Holiday Links:

Christmas Gift Tag Designer Software
Design your very own gift tags and print them out for all your gifts!
https://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/christms/cgifttags.htm

All kinds of recipes for gift giving, including gifts in a jar and more!
This is a beautiful website with a TON of recipes! She has all kinds of holiday recipes, gifts in a jar (some recipes include the gift tags to print with the baking directions!)…you HAVE to take a look! Why not get your kids involved and make up a bunch of these recipes for neighbors, friends, etc.
https://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/

MAKE BEAUTIFUL SNOWFLAKES!
Go to these web pages to print out and make some beautiful paper snowflakes! These are so pretty and so easy to make! Do a bunch for your tree and to hang in the window! Once you have cut them out, press between two sheets of paper with an iron on the LOW setting. Beautiful!!!
https://www.daves-snowflakes.com/patterns.html
https://www.marcels-kid-crafts.com/snowflake-pattern.html

An Easy Christmas Tree Ornament to Make!
https://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/christmas_crafts_3.htm

Tons of Great Christmas Activities, Projects, and Unit Studies!
https://www.easyfunschool.com/IndexChristmas.html

Christmas Activities from Eclectic Homeschool Online
https://www.eclectichomeschool.org/christmas/christmasunitstudy.asp

More Christmas Resources
https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/christmas/

Christmas DIY Projects
https://www.buyrope.co.uk/christmas-diy-projects/

Christmas Worksheets & Puzzles
https://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/holidaycrosswords/Luke2ChristmasWorksheets.pdf

Nativity Bookmarks
These lovely bookmarks would make great stocking stuffers for your children!
https://www.teacherhelp.org/pdf/chrisbkmkniv.pdf

Printable Nativity Scene
This would be a fun activity for your children – make their very own nativity scene!
https://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/christmas/nativityalbum/index.htm

Nativity Lapbook
Create a neat nativity lapbook with your children!
https://www.scribd.com/word/download/525730?extension=pdf

Christmas Nativity Felt Board Patterns
You can use these patterns for a felt board, for puppets, or decorations for your home!
https://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/felt/index.htm

Online Advent Calendar
This looks like a neat advent calendar with devotionals and activities
https://www.teachingmom.com/features/advent.html

Christian Christmas Advent Calendar
https://www.our.homewithgod.com/mkcathy/MerryChristmas/advent/

The Gingerbread Baby Unit Study
This is just one unit study available on this website! Click on their unit study link (at the top of the page)to see other units they have available@
https://www.homeschoolshare.com/gingerbread_baby.php

Jesse Tree Online Calendar
This is a neat calendar that gives you some activities, books, a Christmas hymn, etc. to read/do/sing each day. Even if you have another Jesse Tree devotional you are using (Like Ann Voskamp’s wonderful The Glorious Coming Jesse Tree devotions!), click through the days of this calendar for some wonderful memory making ideas!
https://www.jesse-trees.com/calendar.html


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6 Comments

  1. Hi Sheri, Here's another title you might appreciate to know about this coming Christmas: Home for Christmas: Stories that Never Grow Old. It's coming out as hard cover gift edition from Plough Publishing this October. Link here: https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/christmas-stories/home-for-christmas Just a delightful anthology of classic as well as little known Christmas stories, selected for their spiritual and literary integrity, which make wonderful family read-alouds for those cozy evenings around the Christmas tree or dinner table. I'd love to know what you think of it!
    1. Thank you Shannon! That books looks amazing! I may have to get a copy to read to the kids this coming Christmas. We usually scale back our schoolwork during December and I love to have good stories to read aloud together. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Dear Sheri, I loved your list with books that you've read in 2013, i ca't find it. I am particularly looking for books on how to save money/spend wisely...(you mentioned few on the list). Maybe you can recommend one book to read? Thank you, and have a Joyful Christmas season!
    1. Hi Ilona! Here are a couple links for you: https://sherigraham.com/reading-lists-2013-2014 https://sherigraham.com/my-reading-list-for-2012 As far as saving money, Crystal Paine's book, Money Saving Mom's Budget is a good one! Hope that helps!
  3. My list of favorite Christmas books is here: https://startwellhomeschool.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-favorite-christmas-books.html I also just found a copy of The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey at a used bookstore, and will be adding that to my list soon! I have all of my other Christmas posts linked on this page: https://www.virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/p/christmas.html Blessings, Virginia Knowles

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