This Reader Uses Library Books for Christmas Bedtime Stories

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Who doesn’t love a Christmas tale? 🎄

Sometimes all it takes is a little reading and Christmas spirit to remind your children of how well behaved they can be. This week’s Happy Friday reader, Anna, figured that bringing up the naughty and nice lists isn’t the best way to encourage her little one to abide by bedtime.

Luckily, she found a super creative hack that’s frugal, encouraging, and filled with Christmas magic! All you need is a library card and some newspapers.

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My daughter was starting to act up at bedtime, and I wanted to stop it quickly. She is, of course, excited about Christmas, but I don’t like threatening presents from Santa for misbehavior.

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I decided to borrow several Christmas stories from the library and use them for bedtime rewards. I had my older daughter wrap them in the newspaper (I didn’t want to use up my good paper and didn’t have time for a trip to Dollar Tree).

girl with newspaper wrapping and library christmas books

Each night that she cooperates getting ready for bed, she can unwrap a story. She loves picking a story each night, and I have had very little trouble since.


This is such a frugal and clever surprise any child would love, Anna! This way you can do a different Christmas tale each night, which would not only be super affordable not having to purchase each book but also convenient since the books won’t be taking up space in your home after the holiday.

This is an awesome holiday hack! 🎄


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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 8

  1. Holly

    Great idea!

  2. Hipgrandma

    Way to go, mama! Encouraging reading and good behavior. Win win

  3. everest716

    Awesome idea!!! My kids loved going to the library when they were little, and our family continues to request books we want to read without costly purchases! I bet your daughter looks forward to this at bedtime! How sweet! Great job Mom!

  4. mmewold

    I love this! I take my kids to the public library weekly. I’ll have to start doing this for sure. What a fantastic reward…opening presents AND reading instead of threatening existing presents! Great idea Anna!!

  5. No

    I love this idea! I like things that include books and reading. Great job mom!

  6. Tracey

    Such a fun idea. My kids loved the library so much and now, in their 20’s, they still love to read. And I now work at a local library! (Great idea to use the newspaper to wrap as well!)

  7. Debra

    Very wise and wonderful! I love everything about this idea!💗Excellent work Anna! I also loved having your older daughter participate as well!🙌

  8. Susan

    I love everything about this post.

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