Ever since I put the Christmas tree up, Trenton has been waking up every morning asking if it is Christmas yet.
Since today is December 1st, I’m hoping that a couple of Pinterest inspired countdowns will help him understand that it’s still a little while before Christmas gets here.
Trenton and Charlotte love their bedtime stories, and when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect for them.
Twenty-four wrapped Christmas books! Every night before bed, the kids will unwrap one book to read for their bedtime story. And since I love books, we already had a majority of the books I needed. I picked up the rest from Barnes & Noble and from Trenton’s Scholastic book order.
I loved counting down the days to Christmas with my advent calendar when I was a kid. Actually I was probably more excited about the candy cane I got to eat every day, but I doubt I’m the only kid that thought the same way. When I came across this idea on Pinterest for an advent calendar with activities rather than candy, I fell in love. My kids are high-energy enough without any extra candy!
I got started on this project back in October when we were back in Texas at my parents’ house. I sent my mom the idea, and she went out and found chipboard for the backing before I even got to Texas. I used a set of Christmas themed scrapbook paper for the pockets, and my mom (who has much more patience than I do) sewed each piece of paper onto the chipboard to make the pockets. We got a few of the pockets decorated while I was in Texas, and I brought everything back here to Virginia with me to finish it up. I used paper, ribbon, buttons, bells, lace, and brads to decorate the pockets. The activities are printed out on cardstock and put inside each pocket.
- Set up the nativity
- Write letters to Santa and mail them to the North Pole
- Buy toys for little boys and girls who don’t have any
- Make snowflakes
- Decorate a Christmas Tree – (I’m planning on doing this in the playroom)
- Visit Santa Claus
- Make a snowman
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Make hot chocolate and stir with a candy cane
- Drive around to look at Christmas lights
- Make ornaments for the big Christmas tree
- Deck the doors
- Make a treat and take it to a neighbor
- Learn a new Christmas song
- Go on a pinecone hunt
- Pinecone craft day
- Make special Christmas treats for Bailey (our dog)
- Christmas music dance party
- Have a picnic in front of the Christmas tree
- Can your cars and trucks make it through the snow? (I’m going to cover a big piece of cardboard with shaving cream and let the kids drive their cars and trucks through it.)
- Make a gingerbread house
- Make reindeer food
- Make a birthday cake for Baby Jesus
- Make cookies and leave them out for Santa
I can’t wait to make some special Christmas memories with the kids (and Jarrod when he gets home)!
This post is linked to: It’s Playtime @ Hands On: As We Grow, Sassy Christmas Advent Calendars @ Sassy Sites, Delicately Constructed Friday @ Delicate Construction, Weekend Wrap-Up Party @ Tater Tots & Jello, Fun Stuff Fridays @ Toys in the Dryer, Inspiration Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique, Sunday Showcase @ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Pinteresting Link Party @ Tutus and Tea Parties, TGIF Linky Party @ Living Life Intentionally