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?