Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On the Fourth Day of Christmas - 5 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

I love Christmas. Everything about the season is beautiful. The anticipation and the building excitement surrounding Christmas is especially thrilling. One can easily tell this by visiting my home during the Christmas season, as I have a number of ways that I count the days to December 25th. Today I would like to share my Christmas countdowns with you.

1.  The Christmas Book Countdown

I wrap Christmas story books in reusable Christmas fabric and there's a book for every day from December 1st to 25th. Starting December 1st, my children unwrap one Christmas book per day. You can read more about my Christmas Book Countdown here.

2.   The Fabric Christmas Link Chain

Another annual tradition is we decorate our Christmas tree with this chain. Every day, starting on December 1st, we add a new link to the chain. The instructions to make your own Christmas countdown chain can be found here.

3.  A Meaningful Christmas Countdown

I recently shared on my blog how this year I want to do a countdown to Christmas which would be especially meaningful. With the help of my oldest daughter, we made these advent activity cards. Some cards are entirely fun but many have actions which help others. To read more about our countdown activity cards, visit here.

4.  The Advent Calendar

What's Christmas without an advent calendar? Every year, I fill the pouches of this calendar with treats for my girls. I purchased the calendar many years ago and I'm thinking I may embark on making a new one so that my girls each have their own calendar.

5.  The Advent Wreath

A couple years ago, my church introduced the idea of lighting an advent wreath at our Sunday services. I loved it so much I went out and purchased a wreath of my own. We light a candle every Sunday during the month before Christmas. We keep the symbolism of the candles simple:

The first candle for the first week symbolizes Grace

The second candle for the second week symbolizes Hope

The third candle for the third week symbolizes Joy

The fourth candle for the fourth week symbolizes Faith

So that's how we celebrate the coming of the Christmas season! Do you and your family have any special traditions which you use to countdown to Christmas?

Jennifer, The Deliberate Mom

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  1. This is so sweet! I love the idea of having an advent wreath in our home. I might have to steal that one :-)

  2. love the idea of a Christmas book countdown!!! definitely going to do that when i have kids!

  3. oh my gosh - I LOVE the Christmas book tradition! so cute!

  4. What great and fun ideas! I love the idea of the Meaningful Christmas Countdown. That's perfect.

    And your little elf hat. THAT'S even more perfect!!

  5. i love the book countdown, it reminds me of something that happened when i was a child! In December we'd wake up each day to find a Beatix Potter book wrapped at the front door. My parents had no clue where it came from. On the 24th we got the last book and the box that housed the collection and to this day we have no idea who left those wonderful presents!

  6. You have such wonderful ideas Jennifer! I really love the book idea. We're doing the advent chain as well. Super fun with the little ones!

  7. what happy traditions- when i have kids, i would love to do the book countdown and the 'meaningful activity' countdown with them :)

  8. These are very neat ideas! Taking notes for next year :) thanks for sharing.

  9. What great Christmas ideas! New follower from the Blog Hop!
    XO/Kelly @ Our Cone Zone

  10. I love the Christmas book countdown is such a cute idea. :)

  11. In previous years, Angel and I have done a Christmas activity countdown with some sort of Christmas-related thing to do each day...but this year has been so busy with family staying with us and traveling back and forth to different states...I just decided it wasn't a great time for countdowns! But I love just about every version I've ever seen!

  12. I love the Christmas chain! I remember making those from construction paper when I was younger and loved them. Using fabric is a great idea!

  13. Such fun ideas! Can't wait to do these when we have kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love advent calendars! And the book idea is awesome! By the way, in Germany you get your presents Dec 24th, so you don't have to wait that long. :D

  15. Love the Christmas Book Countdown idea!

  16. I love all of these, particularly the candles though. Anything with light this time of year makes me feel so peaceful.

  17. Leave it to Jennifer to have the best ideas for the season! The christmas book countdown is amazing! I cant wait for Dylan to be old enough to get excited for that. Jen rocks!

  18. I love the idea of books and advent activities! I am going to have to pocket those for our someday kids.

  19. When I was a kid, we always did a paper chain with red and green construction paper. I also love the idea of books! I think this would be especially cool for a teacher, to read a new book to his/her class every day up until winter break. I will have to try this someday!

  20. We used to do the chain link countdown and the advent calendar and advent wreaths. But I totally want to do the book one with my kids, that's such a cute idea!!


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