Wednesday, December 02, 2009

WFMW: Christmas Countdown Ideas

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I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't love to count down the days 'til Christmas. I always made the classic Christmas Chain every year, and most years my children carry on that tradition.

But, this year I just needed a little change.

Here we have the Hershey Kiss Countdown, the tasty one. :)
A little background on this one: We first came across this countdown during a history lesson a couple of years ago. This was the project at the end of our lesson on St. Boniface, a missionary to the Germans. Supposedly he used the "evergreen" tree as an example of Christ's "everlasting" love.

Supplies needed: 25 Hershey Kisses--20 green, 1 red and 4 silver. Arrange in a tree pattern as shown. We start on Nov. 30, so it will end on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day.

Here's a new one I came up with in place of the chain-- The Sticker Countdown, the easy one!

Horrible picture, I know. I thought it was better than nothing, though.

Supplies needed: White sheet of paper with number chart (I printed mine off the computer), 25 Christmas themed stickers, any decorative touches you may want to add.

And of course with 3 kids, we have 3 countdowns. That way everybody gets to do one each day.

Here's the other one we do, but it isn't a home made one--it was a gift given to us a few years ago. It is a decorative Santa's Workshop with ornaments. Take a look if you'd like.

One of my FB friends made a really cool one that I hope to try next year!!

So, how does your family count down the days until Christmas?

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jen said...

i absolutely love the hershey kiss tree --i've never seen that before and what an adorable idea!!

jen said...

...and here is our advent calendar this year -- my 4 year old twins are loving it so far!!!

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...


The Prudent Homemaker said...

Where did you read about St. Boniface? I would enjoy reading that. Thanks!

not up to code said...

Cute ideas! I have got to do make something this year. Already Jack is driving me crazy with the is it Christmas yet stuff.


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