NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M y dad is finally getting his wish this year: We’re cutting our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. But my mom still draws the line somewhere, and we won’t decorate it until much closer to Christmas Day. For you see, it’s Advent, and this incredible time of preparation is deeply important to us.

Our advent rituals and traditions have certainly evolved and crystallized over the years, but one definite mainstay has always been books. Since I still have young siblings (though let’s be honest, I use the following system in my own home now), my mom incorporates the 120-plus picture books


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