Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Countdown is On!

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.

Activities include:

- 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


Little Wonders' Days said...

Visiting from Toys in the Dryer Fun Stuff Parety. Very cute calendar and I love your list of ideas. Merry Christmas.

the dated said...

So cute!!

Tutus & Tea Parties said...

I love the idea of having things to do each day! I'll have to save this to make for next year...or maybe I can just start a little late this year. :)

I'd love for you to link up and share:

Shannon from Little Luck Tree said...

I LOVE this idea!! A new book each night!!!

We Can Do All Things said...

Love this!

Lori said...

I love the book idea! Wish I would have know when my DD was young. Her books are too expensive now, to do 24 days!!! :)

lulumusing said...

This may have taken a little time to set up, but it's an absolutely wonderful idea, fun for the kids and a great way to encourage creativity.

The Sunshine Crew said...

Added this to my Pinterest pin board.
Nice blog!
Saw your linky at the Sunday Showcase, so wanted to pop by to say hello.
Hope that you will come by my blog, Sunrise Learning Lab, and see what we are up to this week.

Beth ( said...

So cute! We wrap up books too & love it! Your advent calendar is GORGEOUS! Love all the fun activities you have planned. Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
Beth =-)