- I include things we're going to do anyway, like cut down the tree and then decorate it.
- I make sure to ask the kids to tell me their must-do activities for the holiday season; those go on the cards, too.
- I like handwritten cards, so if I need to change something, it's not a hassle. For instance, if I see a local activity coming up that sounds perfect, I'll trade out cards for that day; or if the weather doesn't cooperate on tree-cutting day, we'll adjust.
- I like a calendar that allows me to peek, because I'm liable to forget what's coming up.
Here are some of the items I'm including in our countdown calendar this year. Some are more involved than others, and some--such as reading Christmas stories and listening to music--we will likely be doing all month long. However, experience has shown that even the simplest activities are special and exciting when packaged in a special envelope and opened one by one.
Hot cocoa & marshmallows for after-school snack
Go ice skating
Wrap presentsMake luminaria for solstice
Listen to Christmas music
Watch Christmas specials
Take a drive tonight to look at holiday lights
Make countdown rings
Write letters to Santa
Send out cards
Plan Christmas dinner
Buy gifts for donation
Read Christmas stories
Make ornaments for our tree (I like this time capsule idea!)
Are you planning a countdown calendar this year? Do you have any suggestions for activities?