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Create Christmas Memories for Children

Updated on November 6, 2013

Do your Grandchildren Love Books?

Small children love someone to read to them. What can be better than to have a book read to them by Grandma or Grandpa? Several years ago, Hallmark came out with recordable books. I bought a copy of the Night Before Christmas and my husband recorded it for our two oldest granddaughters , who were 2 and 4 at the time. The girls loved listening to the story in Grandpa's voice. Grandpa had made sure he personalized the message in the book for each child adding their names and some of their favorite things.

After Christmas my daughter packed it away with the Christmas decorations and the next year the girls were excited to get out their "Grandpa" book and listen to it.

Since that time we have bought these books for all four of our granddaughters. We hope that they will be something the girls can keep and listen to Grandpa and Grandma's voices for years to come.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas - favorite Christmas story

Here is the first book we purchased for our granddaughters. When my husband read the book he personalized it for the girls. He did this by inserting their names at appropriate times and even mentioning the family cat. The girls giggled when they heard the cat mentioned.

Record Dedication Page - memories for the future

Record-able  book
Record-able book

Each of the books has a dedication page that you can write on and also record a special message. Our oldest girls call Grandpa their "Donut Buddy", so he always mentions that this book is read by their Donut Buddy. We are building memories for the future.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Christmas Classics

The Charlie Brown Christmas has become a Christmas classic. We recorded for our oldest granddaughter last Christmas when she was 7. I was concerned that she was getting a bit old for having a book read to her since she reads herself, but she loved the book and Grandpa's interpretation for her.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Hallmark Recordable Book with Music
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Hallmark Recordable Book with Music

This timeless classic is great for kids of all ages.


Easy To Record and Save - simple instructions

Hallmark Christmas Book
Hallmark Christmas Book

Here is a photo of a page in a book and the recorder at the bottom. The book has easy to follow instructions in the front and a feature where you can lock the recording once you are finished recording.

When my husband first started these recordings he would record a page, listen to it, and then erase it and start over if it wasn't just what he wanted. They system makes it very easy to change anything you'd like to change in the recordings.

Frosty the Snowman - childrens classic

Grandpa had fun recording this one and putting in the girls names. I am not sure who enjoys this gift more--the girls when they receive them or Grandpa when he records them.

Frosty the Snowman Recordable Book
Frosty the Snowman Recordable Book

Frosty is a favorite winter character for children. This book is a fun one to personalize. You can add the children's names within the story line.


Christmas Stories - do you have a favorite

We all remember great Christmas stories from our childhood. Some of these started as books and others as songs. There is also music on the recordable books.

Which of these books is your favorite?

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Have you tried these recordable books? - share your experience with us

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wish we'd thought of this when our grandsons were small and their grandpa was around. With his broadcaster voice the stories would have sounded wonderful.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Way cool! I've never tried them, but now I'm wanting to do this for my grandgirls! What a wonderful way to preserve a memory.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Such treasures! A fabulous way to have fun and create awesome memories and keepsakes!

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      I love these record-able books! With grandma, grandpa, mom or dad's voice reciting the story, they will create Christmas memories for kids for years to come! Such a thoughtful gift!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      No, because our family favourite is A Christmas Carol and we all have our favourite lines in it. I think these recordable books are great ideas.