I don’t know about you, but once that Christmas tree goes up, my kids start exclaiming that it’s Christmas. Like that day.
So that we don’t get asked every single day if it’s Christmas yet, we have a couple countdowns in our home.
The first is the advent calendar that I made a few years ago with the help of my mom.
Every day the kids pull out the card from the corresponding day, and we do the activity on the card.
It may be visiting Santa – which we all love…
Watching a Christmas movie (along with fun movie themed snacks!)
Or making a pine cone craft (after going on a pine cone hunt which is another activity in the countdown).
We also started a Christmas book countdown a few years ago.
I (with help from Snickers the Elf) wrap 24 Christmas books, and every night we unwrap one and read it.
Here are just a few of our favorites (click on the pictures to be taken to Amazon if you’re interested in checking them out).
Fletcher is worried that Santa won’t know where to deliver gifts to his rabbit friends since they have moved to a new burrow. He sets out to make sure Santa can find the rabbit family’s new home.
Who will help Santa deliver gifts when the reindeer break loose from the sleigh?
Beautiful illustrations and ends by telling us how each baby born brings God’s smile to Earth.
My favorite as a mother.
What do you do to count down to the big day with your little ones?