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Admittedly, Christmas audiobooks are not the first thing I think of when it comes to Christmas.
No, my first thoughts are of warm, snuggly moments under blankets with mugs of hot cocoa. A fragrant Christmas tree covered in twinkling lights and sentimental decorations. A memorized Christmas movie and sparkling wonder in my children’s eyes at the magic of the season.
However, as I’m sure most parents will agree, there are many moments leading up to the actual holiday that require our attention.
There are errands to run and presents to wrap. Meals to cook and homes to clean. Many of us also have relatives to visit.
All of these tasks can leave us in a bit of a frenzy that can leave our kids feeling left out and disconnected.
That’s basically the exact opposite of what I, personally, hope that my family’s holiday memories look like.
I propose a new family tradition: Christmas audiobooks
Perhaps the most wonderful thing about audiobooks is that you can do so many other things while listening.
The second most wonderful thing is that there is zero screen-time parent guilt letting your children listen to audiobooks with abandon.
In fact, they’re proven to be extremely beneficial—especially for kiddos!
An added bonus is that the whole family can stay connected listening to a Christmas audiobook while attending to their seemingly endless holiday tasks.
How special would it be to bond during the car rides and errands over a special Christmas story instead of only worrying about the traffic?
To listen to your own childhood favorites again? To create a tradition of listening to specific Christmas audiobooks year after year on the way to visit extended family?
Maybe you’ll listen as you do your holiday baking together or make homemade ornaments.
However listening to Christmas audiobooks looks in your house, it’s sure to become a warm and cherished tradition.
If you’re not sure where to get your own audiobooks, you can try Audible and get two free audiobooks or your local library is sure to have some available for borrowing. I also sometimes luck out and find free audiobooks online.
Christmas audiobooks that are sure to become family favorites include:
Do you have special ways to stay connected during the craziness the holidays bring? I would love to hear ways you are able to slow down, connect, or be present!