o christmas tree (the best trees from children's books)

December 15, 2009

For today's top ten list, I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas trees. Most of them are from books we love and the rest are crafts.

1. Eric Carle's Dream Snow--we love Eric Carle and this book is a favorite. I found this advent calendar from Chinaberry for $10.99! I might get this one for Juliet next year.

2. This is our felt advent calendar. It was made for my husband by his grandmother when he was a little boy. Ever since I met Ben, he has been talking about this advent calendar and finally, I asked his mom if she still had it and fortunately, she did! Juliet has been hanging up an ornament every day and Ben has been reliving his childhood through her.

3. I have a thing for felt and these felt Christmas trees made by Jessica @ Happy Together are incredibly cute. I'm adding it to my list of things to craft.

4. This lovely tree is from The True Book of Trees by Illa Podendorf, Illustrated by Richard Gates, published in 1954. (from our home collection)

5. This is the tree from Merry Christmas Baby by Joan Walsh Anglund. I bought this board book for Juliet last year and it was her very favorite book as a 23 month old. It makes me smile because it reminds me of her babyhood.

6. This is from Christmas is a Birthday by Aline Cunningham, published 1975. This was a book that belonged to Ben when he was a little boy. My mother-in-law passed it on to Juliet last year and it was another favorite from last Christmas. The little girl playing with the nativity reminds me of my own little girl.

7. This scraggly tree is from Jack Kent's Socks for Supper which was MY book as a child. My mom recently discovered a box of books in her attic, so I have been sharing a bunch of my childhood favorites with Juliet. I'll be writing more about those soon.

8. The amazing Leonard Weisgard has a beautiful version of The Night Before Christmas book that I picked up last year at Goodwill. I love this poem and I really like his style, so this is a favorite of mine.
9. This is one of those images that is a classic in my mind--Little Cindy-Lou Who's tree from Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We just added this book to our home collection this year.

10. One last craft to finish this list off! Adorable free printable tree cones from Kind Over Matter. I love how this uses old toilet paper rolls as the trunks.

Do you have a favorite Christmas tree? Christmas book or craft? Leave a comment and let me know!

I'm linking up to Amanda at OhAmanda.com--check out her site for more great top 10 lists!


oh amanda said...

My fave Christmas tree book is the Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. I cry every time!!

Blondie said...

What pretty trees! Great idea!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I loved this post; what a great idea!! My favorite tress are decorated with handmade ornaments, or those with meaning (from trips taken together, given from relatives, etc.). I much prefer a tree filled with crooked, odd decorations made by children than a themed tree with a beautiful color scheme and store bought ornaments in only those colors.

I notice a packaged Charlie Brown Christmas tree for sale in all of the stores around here, which I thought was funny.

A book we reviewed recently that was all about a Christmas tree was Slinky Malinky's Christmas Crackers -- review here: http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com/2009/12/back-with-more-winter-and-christmas.html

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

Oh those are all so pretty!! I love the felt ones ... too cute!!

Chels said...

Love this post and it's put together well! I like all the book pics of trees!

Krista said...

The advent calender is to die for! So retro! So classic! I'm loving the crafty toilet paper trees! Super fun!

Jo Shabo said...

The advent calendar tree is so gorgeous! Not to mention it is an heirloom... I love things passed down from family- I am so jealous of you!
Awesome! :)

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