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Christmas Story Advent Pillow

Reading books is one of my favorite ways to get ready for Christmas. 

This year I made an Advent pillow and filled it with the titles of our favorite Christmas stories.  Each day the kids pick out the story of the day and we read it. 

I tried to coordinate some of the stories with TV broadcasts of Elf on the Shelf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. First we read the books, then rented The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street, We read the most religious books like Oh Holy Night and How Many Miles to Bethlehem, and How Jesus Came on the Sundays in Advent then lit the new candle for the week. 

We read The Nutcracker the night before we went to see the ballet performance and of course read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
 

Creating the pillow was pretty easy. I purchased fabric at Joann Fabrics that already had numbers on it and sewed the top of each flap and then sewed the other three sides onto the back material.  
 I also sewed a little pocket on the back with stitching in between to hold the pieces of paper with the stories we just read so the kids can see the progress we've made counting down to Christmas.

I printed our 24 favorite Christmas stories onto cardstock, see below for an example. We cut out each title and strategically placed them in the pillow. I tried to coordinate some of the stories with TV broadcasts of Elf on the Shelf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. First we read the books, then rented The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street, We read the most religious books like Oh Holy Night and How Many Miles to Bethlehem, and How Jesus Came on the Sundays in Advent then lit the new candle for the week. 

We read The Nutcracker the night before we went to see the ballet performance and of course read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
Hope this idea brings your family joy!


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