Wow, all of a sudden it’s December and the countdown is on, I’m somewhat ready.

I’ve wanted to make an advent calendar for the kids the past couple of years, but next thing I know it’s November 30th and I’m out of time. Now I do get my kids the “24 Chocolate Days” as Stella calls it, the advent calendars where you open it each day and eat a piece of chocolate. But, I wanted something bigger and better.

Stella and her 24 Chocolate Days
Stella and her 24 Chocolate Days

This year I started my efforts three weeks ago. I knew what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t find what I needed to make the advent calendar I pictured in my head. (I get real fancy in there.)

I did find a great alternative, and guess what? I didn’t cost me the $42 it would have for my “vision” advent calendar. I found it at the Dollar Spot at Target. It was actually $3, but that’s still $39 less than I would have spent if I went with my original plan.

Kraus House Mom
My Target Dollar Spot find, perfect advent calendar

Now to come up with twenty four things to do with my kids. Let’s face it, I’m pretty lazy. Doing things once or twice a week is no problem, but keeping up with something everyday is going to be a challenge, but it is the holiday season.

Here’s what I came up with, many of these things we do every year and some of these things are new.

  1. Decorate the house
  2. Make a wreath
  3. Decorate Gee’s tree (my mom)
  4. Go to a tree lighting
  5. Cut down our tree
  6. Do the Jingle Run (this is mine)
  7. Celebrate Maizie’s Birthday
  8. Deliver our Elf gifts
  9. Pancakes and cocoa for dinner
  10. Write out cards
  11. Look at light displays
  12. Go to Winter Wonderland
  13. Kids shop for each other
  14. Make a gingerbread house
  15. Visit Santa
  16. Go to La Salette Shrine
  17. Make giant snowflakes
  18. Make Christmas trees
  19. Make Christmas cakes
  20. Movie day
  21. Make cookies and fudge
  22. Put out all the presents
  23. Make reindeer food
  24. Go to Auntie Sally’s House

Some of these things are subject to change. Teddy is having his surgery on the ninth and that may throw some things off, depending how well he can see. Not to mention this is the time of the year that the yak attacks seem to hit us.

I’m thinking positive and hoping we can get it all done.

Hope you all enjoy this holiday season! What have you got planned?

30 Comments on The Christmas Countdown

  1. oh my gosh. I’ve never put everything in list form before. That definitely makes it look like a lot! Thankfully, i have most of everything on your list completed already!

  2. I love what you said about getting all fancy . . . in your head. Me, too! I love the advent calendar and especially that it didn’t cost $42. I bought the grandkids one from TJ Maxx and it wasn’t expensive and it’s really cute, too.

    • Everything is fancy in my head. You should see what my house looks like in my head, those magazines have nothing on me.

    • I am the queen of procrastination. This way my kids know something’s going on and my husband has advance notice. No more excuses.

  3. LOL on yak attacks. That’s a cute advent calendar, don’t you love Target? This year my kiddos got lego advent calendars, they get a new lego mini thing to build each day, its usually a lego guy and some accessories.

  4. I have always loved advent calendars and I can’t believe I completely spaced on them this year! My 5 year old asks me at least twice a day, how many more days until Christmas. We are just using a boring calendar.

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