This is a sponsored post, which means I was given a free product and/or compensated for it. It contains a review of a book called The Gift Giver, and the opinions are all my own. I also have included my affiliate links, so if you choose to make a purchase, a little money, at no additional cost to you, will help me keep up my blog.
Countdown to Savings
I know. I know. It’s not even Thanksgiving. Well, actually, it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow! And do you know what that means? The biggest shopping days of the year are coming up!
With all the sales and great deals happening, I wanted to share an idea for your countdown to Christmas now. That way, if you decide you want to participate, you can get all your supplies at a discount.
Your own Advent Activity
I love advent calendars and ways to countdown to special days. I found this idea 2 years ago, and we’ve been doing it ever since. It’s a way to get the kids excited about Christmas, plus it combines reading and learning. Win. Win. Win!
Every day, starting December 1st, we unwrap and read a book right before bedtime. They don’t all have to be Christmas-themed books, or even new books, but I like to stick to a giving and sharing message. The first year, I bought quite a few new books (or new to us books from a used book store.) Then, after Christmas was over, I put them away. So, the next year, it was like having new books again!
You certainly don’t have to wrap each book, and could use gift bags or tissue paper instead. It just adds an extra fun element for the kids, and gets them excited about books. Which is a good thing , right?
We have different religions in our household, so I like to do a wide variety of books, but I want to make sure they have a good meaning behind them.
A book that has a great meaning behind it is called The Gift Giver by Jacob Haslem.
Not only does it discuss the origins of Santa Claus, but it also talks about the true meaning behind Christmas. It explains the meaning behind gift giving in a way children can understand, while also talking about God and Jesus. I really liked the way it combined Christian beliefs and still included Santa. You don’t really find many books that talk about both. It was educational, entertaining, and taught a great lesson. My boys were intrigued by the pictures, as well as the story. They are really beautiful illustrations.
You can purchase The Gift Giver through my affiliate link on Amazon by clicking on the picture or title, or directly from the Author’s website, which is http://thegiftgiver.net
Other Favorites for our Countdown
And to finish the Countdown, I like to read this one on Christmas Eve:
Remember, if you are interested in purchasing any of the books above, including The Gift Giver, you can just click on the picture.