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countdown to christmas

by @according2kelly on December 6, 2011

countdown-to-christmas

the sun is shining, the sky is blue & i’m pretty sure a white christmas isn’t exactly in my future. but this i know for sure – it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas, especially at our house. stockings are being hung, gingerbread baked, and the countdown to christmas has already 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.

this year’s list involves all of our favorite things… watching our favorite christmas movies, decorating gingerbread houses, writing letters to santa, reading some our favorite christmas stories, making hot chocolate floats, picnic dinners by the fire, the “white envelope” tradition, ding dong ditching christmas treats, the annual boat parade of lights, christmas light tours & of course a trip or to disneyland.

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

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christmas countdown

by @according2kelly on December 1, 2009

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!

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countdown to christmas

by @according2kelly on December 1, 2008

it’s december 1st… time for the christmas countdown to begin. i love me a cute advent calendar, & there are so many to choose from. i still love THIS one, luckily i picked it up last year. but THIS cookie sheet advent calendar has defiitely caught my eye, as well as THIS “advent in a box”.

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? last year we started the tradition of doing an “activity based” advent calendar. sometimes our “activities” are big outings & sometimes they are just little things, but we try to do something a little special, 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. go christmas tree shopping
5. attend a christmas tree lighting
6. ride the irvine rail roade christmas train
7. read: the tale of the three trees
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. ding dong ditch christmas treats
14. read: the christmas orange
15. gingerbread house
16. watch: white christmas
17. make home-made bread for hot chocolate & toast
18. newport beach boat parade
19. have breakfast for dinner
20. have a fondue/ candy cane dipping party
21. read: why christmas trees aren’t perfect
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!
image via flickr.

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