holiday-themed books -- leave them on shelves year-round, or store with holdiday decorations?
I store our winter books with our winter decorations and those are really the only seasonal books we have that I'm not interested in reading mid-summer or other random times of the year. My children are quite excited about the books when we open the boxes and I do enjoy seeing them after a ten or eleven month break.
we have with our holiday decoration, same tote (Halloween, Easter, Valentine's day too) and we also have seasons- they come out on the equinox/solstice (ex. spring books on garden, summer books on hiking, winter books on skiing, etc) and go get backed away at the next, we have a birthday tote and we have a few birthday related books in there as well
general holiday books with more than one do stay out year round (ex. a Babar collection book as a Christmas story in it)
we like the change and look forward to the books- generally on the first of the month of the holiday the books come out with the decoration
We leave all our books on our bookshelves but only read the holiday-themed books on the appropriate holidays. They are shelved separately, near our religious and cultural reference materials, and not amongst the "regular" storybooks or fiction.
I can understand the attraction in packing them up. It never occurred to me to do it. Possibly because most of our homes have had limited storage and packing up books would take up a fair amount of space.
Ours stay on the shelf.
I like to have them up there year round because when it's Christmas time here, it's summer.
We won't be doing much sitting 'by the fire' and reading during summer, but we sure as heck do a lot of that in winter (which is June/July/August here). We also watch Christmas movies in winter! My kids have my christmas gene and love everything Christmas all of the time, so we don't get tire of them easily. Our collection of 35 or so Christmas books makes up less than 10% of our full collection of childrens books, so they are easily lost in the crowd even when up there all year round.
This may sound odd but I also find that if we bring out everything Christmas for four short weeks in December, then it's like Christmas overdrive. The low (once everything is packed/taken down) that follows the high at the beginning (when everything is unpacked), can be just as strong. By having snippets of Christmas throughout the year, we're able to retain the Christmas joy without it going into overdrive.
Whatever you choose to do will be great anyway - Books rock!
We pack ours away with the appropriate decorations (Christmas, Valentine's day, Easter, Halloween) and it is always a treat to have "special" books to read for the holiday. Some of the books are for younger children and DD would never read them if they were always available. And it is like getting new books! Taking the boxes of decorations down for each holiday is always something we look forward to and enjoy, and the books add to that excitement.
We also pack away any holiday-themed coloring books she was given. We have one Christmas coloring book that has been colored in for 4 years now, and we love to look at the progression of her artistic abilities!