Snowflake Christmas Countdown

Advent began last Sunday. We were home sick and the day totally slipped by. It wasn’t until reading Nursery of the Nation’s post about making her own Advent Calendar that the thought even dawned on me. I had to jump on board. It’s too late to be a real advent calendar, so ours is simply a Christmas Countdown.

Instead of chocolate for each day like the ones I grew up with, this advent calendar has a daily activity to do together. [Nothing against chocolate advent calendars. They’re awesome. I *loved* them as a kid. But I’m potty training and handing out way too much chocolate as it is! ]

After three years of law school and having nearly a month off to spend with family out-of-state the whole thought of actually anticipating Christmas here, with my kids is exciting but new.

Time slips by so quickly. I want to treasure these days with little ones and having a fun activity to do together each day seemed like a great way to spend more time together.

I didn’t have felt on hand so used what I had on hand: an old box, white paper and a piece of scrapbook paper and ribbon.

The two older kids and I had so much fun cutting out snowflakes (though I think 2 is a bit way too young! Even Rose needed lots of help.]

I cut a piece from a big box we had sitting around. The edges were rough and ugly, so we covered them up with cute paper.

Then I wrote activities on the backs of the snowflakes for us to do together. They’re in no particular order. All of the small snowflakes are afternoon activities for the kids and me. The big snowflakes are activities we’ll do as a family.

The activities are really simple. Here are a few of them:

  • Make hot chocolate and tell Christmas stories
  • Draw pictures together to send to Nana
  • Make snowflakes to hang in their bedroom
  • Make and decorate Christmas cookies
  • Have a Christmas poetry night
We’d hopefully do many of them anyway. But having them written down, waiting for the kids to uncover, will ensure that that time together isn’t pushed aside for holiday craziness.
It’s simple, but I know they’ll like it!
What are your favorite Christmas things to do with little ones?
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  1. says

    Oh Anna, that sounds like such fun! I really hope you have reading Christmas Stories down on those snowflakes. 🙂 That is a memory I’ll always remember along with those few Christmas books that we read every year and that I’m still reading. If you want a list of my favorites, let me know and I’ll be happy to share. 😀
    Enjoy your own Christmas this year. 🙂

    • anna says

      Oh yes! Most definitely it’s on the snowflakes.

      We have some Christmas books, but I would love to know your favorites! I want to add to our collection. Thanks Bekah. 🙂

  2. says

    My very favoriteist or favorite of Christmas books is “The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas” by Madeleine L’Engle. I don’t care for most of her books, but this one is just wonderful. I always want to cry at the end. One year I read it at least 4 times to different children and to myself.
    Another favorite is “The Bird’s Christmas Carol” by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This one will make you cry too. At least it does me. If you want to listen to it instead of reading it you can find it on Librivox. Listen to the 2nd version because it is more complete than the first though neither one is unabridged. 🙁
    Another favorite is “A Pint of Judgement” by Elizabeth Morrow. I don’t know if this one is still in print since we have old copies of it, but it’s worth checking.
    I’ll send you a more complete list later. 😀 I love Christmas stories.

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