This season we shared the holiday traditions of some of our closest Solly Baby pals in our #SollyJolly series. I can’t tell you how much I loved seeing and hearing how our wraps fit into what makes this season special for you and your families. In fact, I was so inspired that I wanted to share one of our own.


One of our favorite Rowley family holiday traditions is our holiday book themed Advent calendar, carried down from my husband’s family. We wrap up the same 25 children’s Christmas books every year and put them under the tree. Every evening we open one book and then we snuggle up to read it as a family. I love it because the holiday season can be so over-scheduled and this forces us slow down and cuddle up for a few minutes.




These are the books we wrap up each year:

1. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Robert L. May
2. “How Santa Got His Job” by Stephen Krensky
3. “Snowmen at Christmas” by Caralyn Buehner
4. “Legend of the Christmas Stocking” by Rick Osborne
5. “The Carpenter’s Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree” by David Rubel
6. “Dream Snow” by Eric Carle
7. “The Littlest Elf” by Brandi Dougherty
8. “The Legend of Poinsettia” by Tomie dePaola
9. “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree” by Robert Barry
10. “The Little Drummer Boy” by Ezra Jack Keats
11. “Jacob’s Gift” by Max Lucado
12. “Mooseltoe” by Palatini Margie
13. “Bear Stays Up for Christmas” by Karma Wilson
14. “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore
15. “The Littlest Christmas Tree” by R.A. Herman
16. “Ollie’s Ski Trip” by Elsa Beskow
17. “Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg
18. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss
19. “The Animals’ Santa” by Jan Brett
20. “Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale” by Martin Waddell
21. “Who is Coming to Our House?” By Joseph Slate
22. “The Christmas Wish” by Lori Evert
23. “Christmas Day in the Morning” by Pearl S. Buck
24. “The Story of Holly and Ivy” by Rumer Godden
25. “Llama Llama Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney

What are your favorite holiday stories? I’d love to add them to our collection.

And one last note because I couldn’t be more grateful for this community, but I’m sure like a lot of you, there’s constant pressure to share, check notifications and take care of these little humans I love more than anything. Another tradition I really want to get in the habit of is unplugging over the holidays. So this holiday I’m making a conscious effort to put my phone aside and experience every bit of why this season means so much to our family, and if you’re feeling like you might need a little detox as well I highly encourage you to do the same.

Happy holidays!


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December 23rd 2016

Love this idea! Definitely going to start this with my family! Our favorite Christmas book is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

January 20th 2017

Such a great one!

December 23rd 2016

What a wonderful advent tradition!!!! Our favorite book is the Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher. My grandmother gifted me a well worn copy years ago!

January 20th 2017

Thanks so much Whitney! 🙂

December 23rd 2016

We love Toot and Puddle’s “I’ll be Home for Christmas” – the illustrations are so whimsical and the story is sweet.

January 20th 2017

So true!

November 21st 2019

Thank you for the book recommendations. Add “Findus at Christmas” by Sven Nordqvist to your list. You can read it in a funny Austrian (The characters are Swedish.) accent like my husband. And then make sure to watch Petterson and Findus 2 on Netflix. Speaking of Netflix and Christmas, the new animated film Klaus is amazing!