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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Countdown to Christmas: Activity garland

Last year's garland hung up on the mantle

Last year's Christmas activity garland was such a success I imagine we'll be doing it for many years to come. We come up with a list of 24 things we want to do to celebrate the holiday season. Since this time of year is so hectic, I assign each activity to a specific day when I think we'll have the time to enjoy it.

This year's list is a bit more basic since we have a baby in the house - I didn't think we could count on any outside activities. If the weather is nice enough or we decide to have Sugar Plum stay with someone then these will be bonus activities. Below is our list. Each one will be written on a paper chain and made into a garland we use to count down to Christmas. We will hang the garland on our mantle with the stockings. Sweetpea is going to help make the garland this year as part of our first activity!
make Christmas chain
put up Christmas tree
decorate Christmas tree
paint pine cone ornaments
decorate mantle with pine cone ornaments and stockings
make dough ornaments
Santa coloring pages
hot chocolate and Christmas music by the tree
gingerbread house
bake cookies
drive around looking at neighborhood lights
decorate cookies
make grandparent gifts
deliver cookies to friends
family handprint wreath
make & decorate felt trees
visit Santa
handprint reindeer
write letter to Santa
caroling at grandparent's houses
handprint Santa
cookies to firemen
angel craft
family over for dinner

How do you count down to Christmas and organize your holiday activities? What are your favorite traditions?

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Nina said...

great idea. since my son INSISTED we put up the tree before thanksgiving I'd have to think hard to come up with ideas but we'll do this next year. I also wanted to tahnk you for your post on using a straw for applesauce. he loved it. then he loved adding his water to it and drinking that out of the container. till I took it away (it then got a bit messy)

Marva said...

I love this.....we also am doing a count down to the big day with activites. They ar eloving it too and it is just the first day! LOL!


Amy said...

I LOVE it! I especially love that it is so thrifty too! We are trying to do the same this year!! Great idea, Steph!

Shelly said...

What a great idea, Thanks for sharing!