Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our 2015 Advent Book Basket and Printable Labels {and a Christmas Mosaic Giveaway!}


Last year I had trouble finding the usual purple and pink wrapping paper at our local stores and ended up wrapping our Advent books, for our annual Christmas countdown, in simple (and easy to find!) brown paper, adding labels I created for each day. I loved how they turned out and decided to do the same this year, updating the labels and using purple and pink ribbon instead of the white.

If you'd like to use my little labels too, you can download my Advent Book Basket Labels for 2015 over at Dropbox.


In the past I have filled our basket with Christmas Mosaic titles and our children's 35 Favorite Christmas Picture Books...  (Years ago, when we didn't have enough Christmas themed picture books to wrap one for each day, I would check some out from the library just before Advent, using Christmas Mosaic as a guide.) This year I decided to go through our Advent & Christmas book collection and pull out 26 of MY FAVORITES to wrap up this year!  


Our basket also includes one NEW purchase this year! I usually won't pay full price for a book, but I made an exception for this (expensive but gorgeous!) picture book, since we love the author's other book about St. George (pictures from the feast of St. George here).  I'm looking forward to reading Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins on the feast of St. Nicholas this year! 

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Saint Nicholas & the Nine Gold Coins by Jim Forest

As always, we'll unwrap and read one book each night during Advent, following our family rosary. The rest of the books will be placed in additional baskets for the kids to read whenever they'd like during the Advent and Christmas season.  They will also each receive a new Christmas picture book on the feast of St. Nicholas. I'll be back with that list (and another giveaway!) soon!


Here are the 26 picture books that I am wrapping up for our 2015 Advent Book Basket:

November 29 - 1st Sunday of Advent: The Nativity
November 30 - St. Andrew: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
December 3: The Christmas Cobwebs*
December 4: The Nutcracker

December 6 - 2nd Sunday of Advent / St. Nicholas: Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins (NEW) 
December 7 : The First Christmas Stocking (OOP)*
December 8 - Immaculate Conception: Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing
December 10 - Our Lady of Loreto: The Donkey's Dream (OOP)
December 11 - Our Lady Queen of the Angels: Christmas in the Trenches
December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Pop-Up Book)

December 13 - 3rd Sunday of Advent/Gaudete Sunday / Santa Lucia Day: Lucia, Saint of Light
December 15 - Rose's Birthday: Angela and the Baby Jesus (OOP)
December 16: The Christmas Bell (OOP) 
December 17 - O Sapientia: The Gift of the Magi
December 18 - O Adonai: Saint Francis Celebrates Christmas
December 19 - O Radix Jesse - Bud's Birthday: Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

December 20 - 4th Sunday of Advent / O Clavis David: Bethlehem (Catholic Edition)
December 21 - O Oriens: The Miracle of Saint Nicholas
December 22 - O Rex Gentium: The Christmas Bird (reprinted as Katy's Christmas Gift!)  
December 23 - O Emmanual: The Last Straw
December 24 - Vigil of Christmas: The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Tasha Tudor

* = Study Guide Available in Christmas Mosaic

Bonus: December 25th - Christmas Day: A Child's Story of the Nativity (OOP), Such a beautiful book! 



.: Christmas Mosaic Giveaway :. 


It's time for another giveaway sponsored by author Cay Gibson!

 One of my visitors here at Shower of Roses will receive an autographed copy of 
Christmas Mosaic, An Illustrated Book Study for Advent and Christmas

Our family's collection of picture books is not included, but you will also recieve a copy of Cay's new planner: The Seasonal Beehive (winter edition)! Be sure to watch Cajan Cottage Press on Facebook and Etsy for the release of the spring edition.



For More Details About Christmas Mosaic:
Christmas Mosaic :: A Review & Featured Book List


For additional Christmas book suggestions you can find some of our lists in the archives: