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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

christmas countdown

it may be 79 degrees outside, but it's definitely beginning to look a lot like christmas. december 1st in our house means we are in the midst of holiday decorating. it also means that the annual christmas countdown has begun. so how do you countdown? add a new ornament to the tree each day? celebrate with a small gift or special treat? read a different christmas book each night? a couple of years ago we started a new family tradition - an "activity based" advent calendar. sometimes our "activities" are big outings & sometimes they are just little things, but we try to do a little special something, every single day... spreading christmas cheer throughout the entire month. so here's this year's list:

1. write letters to santa
2. watch: how the grinch stole christmas
3. go to disneyland
4. attend a christmas tree lighting
5. holiday toy express
6. read: the tale of the three trees
7. ride the irvine rail roade christmas train
8. make hot chocolate floats
9. watch: the nightmare before christmas
10. start our own "white envelope"tradition
11. have a picnic dinner by the christmas tree
12. dana point harbor boat parade of lights
13. read: the christmas orange
14. ding dong ditch christmas treats
15. gingerbread house
16. watch: white christmas
17. make home-made bread for hot chocolate & toast
18. have breakfast for dinner
19. newport beach boat parade
20. read: why christmas trees aren't perfect
21. have a fondue/ candy cane dipping party
22. drive around to see the neighborhood christmas lights.
23. watch: elf
24. sing christmas songs, tell the story of the true meaning of christmas, & read the christmas story

here's to a happy holiday season! it's definitely one of the happiest times of the year!


Anonymous said...

here is how I can't down at our house!!!

thatgirlblogs said...

oh, I have a hard time getting into it until the last week, but my kids are definitely counting down, LOL.

KIM D said...

thank you so much for sharing your ideas. i decided to start this tradition with my little family last year and this year i was having a hard time coming up with ideas. hot chocolate floats here we come--YUM!

Travelin'Oma said...

I want to visit you on the 8th and 15th. Yum!

Travelin'Oma said...

Oh, and the 21st. Fondue with candy canes sounds wonderful!

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Modern Crush said...

Kelly - this is AMAZING. We dont have kids yet, however I have bookmarked this entry for future use. As a child I got SO excited about Christmas, having something like this would have just made it all the more fun! I especially like the activity on the 24th - we need more of that.