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Let’s Discuss: What Are Your Reading Christmas Traditions?

I love discovering what special traditions others take part in around the holidays. And, of course, my mind always goes to books.

So, let’s chat about and reading Christmas traditions you have!

Let’s Discuss: What Are Your Reading Christmas Traditions?

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My questions for you:

  • Do you read Christmas-related stories during the holidays?
  • Are they classic books like A Christmas Carol or Little Women or are they just Christmas-themed?
  • Do you read anywhere special for Christmas – like by the fireplace, a cabin, your relative’s house?
  • Or, if you don’t have any reading traditions, what other Christmas traditions do you enjoy?

Although I don’t typically read Christmas related books or stories during the holidays, I do try to re-read a favorite book during my down-time, one that reminds me how I fell in love with reading in the first place. Books like the Harry Potter series (obviously), Anne of Green Gables, Tuck Everlasting (such a great book!), The BFG, A Wrinkle in Time, etc.

Ever since I got the Harry Potter Lego Wii game (SO MUCH FUN!!!), I’ve been meaning to re-read my favorite story about a special castle where wizards and witches learn about magic…

As it’s currently 55 degrees in Florida, and people are bundled up like we’re experiencing sub-zero temperatures, no, I personally do not have a fireplace or snow to enjoy/shovel. I just sit on my comfy couch per usual, turn on the fan and pretend I live in a colder climate.

For regular holiday traditions, I always set up and decorate the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. DONE! Plus, my husband and I participate in a Secret Santa with his family every year. Have you heard of Elfster? It has made the whole process easy and way more fun…as in, we get things we want now. :)

As long as I’m with my family during Christmas, nothing else matters. Like, last year having a bad day and opening my gifts a week before Christmas day…or something like that.

Please tell me: what are your reading Christmas traditions?!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    My family decided to start doing a Secret Santa thing (beginning in 2015), so thanks for the Elfster tip! I usually don’t take the time to re-read a comforting favorite or classic during the holidays, but I think that would really help to combat the holiday stress. Great idea!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Ohhh fun! And, I swear Elftster will make your life easier lol. Have a great holiday!

  • http://www.angelhaze.com Angel Haze

    I don’t have any reading holiday traditions (but I have a friend who will reads the entire Harry Potter series every Christmas. She has to buy a new set since the bindings are all broken!) Until a couple years ago, my family does a joke gift exchange every Christmas.(You pick numbers to see who picks a present first. You can steal a present (still wrapped) from someone or pick from the pile. It goes on until the last present is picked. Then you unwrap them in order to see what you were fighting over!) We had to switch the gifts to useful $20 gifts when the game started to get old and the gifts became useless things found in a closet or junk drawer. lol.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I love White Elephant exchanges :) I’ve been to some great ones that had a kit to make a bowl out of bacon and chalked mason jars. :)

  • http://mybookishlife.com/ Ramona Wray

    I read before bedtime (or whenever I can). I usually save a book I really like for this time of the year (this year, Blue Lily, Lily Blue). Great post!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Thank you!! I like the idea of saving books, too.