Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Countdown Activities

Okay I am going to admit something... my intentions are great, but sometimes my follow through is lacking. This is something that I am working. Some of the time it is because I haven't planned ahead enough and before I know it is time and I am not ready.

I have been planning and planning some more for Christmas.  One of the things I wanted to do was an activity a day.   Once I had my ideas I printed them off.

I then printed off some cute numbers.  You can find them here.

I used toilet paper rolls to put my activity slips in.

I flattened the roll, slid the slip in and tried it off with twine.  I then attached the date number. 

I am pleased with how they turned out.  Simple, which is exactly what I was going for.  Oh, and inexpensive too!

To keep from falling into my old trap of not being prepared I have everything ready.  All of the activities are together and in a plastic bag labeled with the date and activity. 

When I initially started planning I used one of my handy dandy calendar pages.  That way I was able to plan simple things for school nights. 

In case you are curious this is the list:

December   1 - Make countdown chain
December   2 - Go to Hallmark to buy an ornament
December   3 - Make a wreath out of pom poms
December   4 - Make thank you cards while listening to Christmas music
December   5 - Make a nativity craft
December   6 - Write a letter to Santa
December   7 - Go see Santa
December   8 - Eat popcorn and watch Charlie Brown's Christmas
December   9 - Decorate a gingerbread house
December 10 - Reindeer craft & watch Rudolph
December 11 - Write thank you notes
December 12 - Read Christmas books
December 13 - Perform in a Christmas Program (for school)
December 14 - Rent the Grinch Who Stole Christmas
December 15 - Bake cookies at Grammi's w/ cousins
December 16 - Wrap presents
December 17 - Paint ornaments
December 18 - Buy a new Christmas movie
December 19 - Make pizza in the shape of a Christmas tree
December 20 - Do melting snowman & watch Frosty
December 21 - Make popcorn & drive around to look at lights
December 22 - Go shopping w/ Daddy for Mama
December 23 - Go downtown to see the tree
December 24 - Bake cookies for Santa

Besides this we will also be doing an Advent reading each evening.  I made Ann's last year and we really enjoyed it.  We will be using it again this year. 

Now I am not trying to rush the Christmas season!  I am just trying to make it so I can have a stress free holiday and really reflect on the meaning of the season. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!


Katie said...

LOVE this, Wendi!!! Darling, thoughtful, and all prepped to boot ~ what a blessing for your family. Great job!

Debra said...

What a cute idea! I've found that I have to start early even though it seems like rushing the season sometimes. Otherwise I run around like a crazy lady trying to do things. I much prefer the calm me, so does my family!

Amber said...

That is really a great idea! I bet it will be exciting to open each package every day and see what's inside. I like that it keeps you intentional with your holiday activities!

donna said...

This is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it. God bless.

LynnMarie said...

What a great idea you have and looking forwarded to seeing how it all turns out for you - you already have blogging done for a month!

blessedx4 said...

I love your list of activities. You are so awesome! I am a list kinda gal too but not near as crafty.I love seeing your crafts and ideas. Thanks for sharing!