Monday, December 1, 2008

Talk about Christmas Countdown



Today I'm talking about one of my kids' favorite things to do--counting down the days to Christmas. We've done it a number of ways in years past: paper chains, candy chains, chocolate advent calendars, candy cane calendars, and so on.

This year I wanted something that would be a bit more permanent so I purchased 24 Christmas-themed pillow boxes at the local craft store for about $8. It's a bit steep, but I'm hoping it will last a few years as well as help us create memories that last longer than a piece of candy.

Each box has a circular tag on it, which I've numbered from 1 to 24. Inside each box is a slip of paper. Days 1-13 have an activity on the for us to do as a family. There are some great ideas at the bottom of this post.

Days 14-24 are scriptures for us to read as a family - found on page 5 of this file (includes those from both the Bible and Book of Mormon). The best thing is that when we're all done I can just fold them flat for storage.

10 comments:

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I love advent calendars! We are a little behind and haven't gotten our out yet. The kids are begging me to get it out today.

The Happy Housewife said...

Those are really pretty, I think they were worth the $8. Great idea!
Toni

Heffalump said...

We count down to Christmas with family activities as well. It was a recent Holiday Tip or Dare on my blog.
The kids particularly enjoy doing Holiday Crafts and watching Christmas Videos as a family.

Christine said...

What a great idea! I love the idea of the countdown, and this is definetily better than just a piece (or 4!) of candy! Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Cute idea, I love the boxes. I should do this. The real question is will I? Kel

MNKristy said...

What a great idea. Love it!

JENNIFRO said...

That is a really darling idea...very smart to get those boxes--super cute too.

Tirzah said...

Cute! I love advent calendars, etc!!

Elizabeth-W said...

Very cute. That could be a neat present to make for someone else!

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Thanks so much for linking up your idea on 30days! ;)Love this!