The Reading Tree

The Reading Tree
Have we all heard of the popular Christmas tradition involving the opening of a Christmas book each night throughout the month of December to prepare for the upcoming holiday? Well I can’t think of a better way to get in the Christmas spirit than through a great book. And what better way to teach children of the true meaning of the season than with inspirational stories of holiday miracles?
A few years ago my husband and I turned in the chain saw, swallowed a bit of pride and purchased an artificial tree. I loved the idea of not having to deal with messy strands of lights, dead pine needles, and weak branches that couldn’t hold my ornaments.  Fake was the way to go for me. However, as we spend Thanksgiving at my mother-in-laws house every other year we sadly watch the rest of the family bundle up the kids and drive to the mountains to cut a tree. Artificial trees don’t come with the experience of hiking through the snow with cousins and carefully examining the evergreens looking for ‘the perfect one’. There was really only one solution to this problem. We needed two trees.
So, here we are with our second tree in the basement by the wood burning stove where we love to sit on cold winter nights to read while the little kids play with the toys and the older kids do their homework. Our basement tree has been designated as ‘The Reading Tree’. Our 24 books (actually there are about 5 movies stashed in there at random for weekends) are carefully placed under (and ON) the tree waiting to be opened each night in December. The Christmas Spirit has arrived!
Over the years I have tried a number of different advent calendars, but an advent tree is the best idea yet!


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