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Christmas Countdown with Books.
Every year I have these grand plans to be ahead of the game and get these great Christmas Countdowns done for each of the kids and the whole month is going to be sunshine and roses, candy canes and hot cocoa. So far the busyness of November and December each year has prevented me from being successful (next year I’m doing them in July!) but it didn’t stop me from having fun coming up with some ideas for my Studio 5 segment. I came up with some ideas that would be easy to start on any day of the month and work really well for a 12 days of Christmas countdown.
Brooke and I covered a variety of different Countdown to Christmas ideas and I’ll be sharing them all here over the next couple days. I think you’re going to love them.
We’re going to start with one of my favorite ideas. I think it’s always good to cut back on the sweets/treats when we can, especially this time of year because they seem to get them on a regular basis anyway.
Back in 2011 I shared our Christmas Book Advent. We have done this each year now and I look forward to it but because we’ve continued to do it my kids have, I swear, memorized the size and shape of each book. It’s not always a problem but because they’re kids there tends to be some competition – if one says “I want to pick How the Grinch Stole Christmas on my night!” it’s likely one of their darling siblings will pick it first (or at least try to). I think I came up with a way to prevent the problem and to not have to wrap all the presents.
Instead of wrapping up each book you can print out this ticket for each book you own, fill in your book title, place the ticket in an envelope, and either number the envelopes or let your child(ren) just pick an envelope.
One of the things I really love about this idea instead of wrapping each book is that the books can all sit in a basket that the kids can look through/read throughout the month if they want instead of having to wait until they’re each opened.
You can download the ticket image here, there are still plenty of days before Christmas!!!
I hope you enjoy this idea and that it adds to your Christmas holiday without adding stress. Come back throughout the week for the printables to go with each of the other ideas I shared on Studio 5. I think they’re all so fun.