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’Tis The Season For Memory Making

The magic starts with storytelling

Of all of the responsibilities that come along with parenthood, creating holiday traditions for your kids has to be a favorite, right?  Taking the reins on something so special might seem a little daunting at first, but trust us — starting is easier than you might think.

Curating a special Christmas library will give way to endless book-based traditions that your kids will enjoy throughout their childhood. Starting a collection for a snuggly newborn or an on-the-go toddler? Interactive titles like Baby Touch and Feel: Christmas and Pop-Up Peekaboo: Christmas! will get the whole family in on the fun. Here are our picks for sweet book-based traditions to start this season:

Give a book.  Whether it’s wrapped or in a stocking, make it a habit to gift a book to your child each holiday, starting with their first.  Choose a title that matches his personality and interests at the time, and as the collection grows, so will the memories.

Swap a holiday card for a book.  For your own children or other special kids in your life, opt for a new book over a holiday card.  Add a special note or sticker (include the year!) to the inside cover.

Add a book to your Christmas jammie tradition.  The Christmas jammie trend is alive and well, so why not up the ante and add a book? Wrap the PJs with a holiday-themed title for a cozy bedtime family read

Countdown to the 25th books.  Whether it’s an Advent calendar, 12 Days of Christmas, or a more abbreviated version of a holiday countdown, wrap a holiday-themed book to be opened before bedtime each night (or whenever your reading happens!) in anticipation of the big day.

As you are making your book selections, choose age-appropriate reads as well as timeless classics, and, of course, a little holiday magic to celebrate the season. View our editors' top picks.