I love counting down the days to Christmas. I grew up with the chocolate door advent calendar like this one.
My sisters made chains out of construction paper with activities written on each day.
Their kids loved this and it gave us all a reason to get together as much as possible throughout the month.
Another fun tradition my mom did for us was to wrap all of our Christmas books so we could unwrap one each night. I have continued this one and I was even able to inherit a few of the books I loved when I was little.
The Christmas before my mom passed away she bought us the story of the Elf on the Shelf or "Mr Elf" as we like to call him. The kids absolutely love this one. Mom?? Not so much. It's hard to remember every night. But it is nice to have when the kids are misbehaving. "Mr. Elf is watching you:)"
Here are a couple other fun decorations that Jane loves to count down each morning.
Santa slowly falls down the chimney. How cute is that??
Last year my sister-in-law Erica made this board for me. Like the chain, there are fun activities and ideas to do with the kids for each day of the month. There is also a little treat inside each one. Last year we were brand new to Indiana (I think we moved in December 1st) so this board saved my life and gave the kids and myself something to look forward to each day.
Yesterday (December 1) we colored a christmas picture for the activity.
Tonight (December 2) we will read a Christmas story. This is one we do anyway.
Hopefully this month will go by fast for the kids. It's so hard to wait for Santa Claus to come. I hope it goes by slow for me. It is so fun to have little ones for Christmas. It is all so magical to them. I want to savor every moment.