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December Countdown

November 29, 2008

Last year we started what I think will become a fun tradition in our house. We wrote down 31 fun, low cost things to do as a family on little scraps of wrapping paper and put them into a jar. Every morning, we picked something from the jar and our mission was to do that thing by the end of the day. We had so much fun! We played games, had family movie night, checked out the lights in our neighborhood, and saw lots of Christmas trees.

This year, we decided to put those scraps of paper into our advent calendar, and since Chanukah starts 3 days before Christmas, we will have a few Chanukah focused projects for a few days.

Here’s our list for 2008 in no particular order:

1. Make cookies and deliver them to the local fire station.
2. See Santa at the mall.
3. Make popcorn and watch a holiday movie together.
4. See the lights on Peacock Lane.
5. Make real hot chocolate, complete with homemade marshmallows.
6. Write letters to Santa.
7. Print out Holiday coloring pages and color them together.
8. Buy and decorate the Christmas tree
9. Read the true story of Christmas.
10. Make gifts for the grandparents.
11.Open one present early.
12. See the Tigard Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
13. Play a game of dreidel.
14. Have a homemade pizza night.
15. Make an ornament for our tree.
16. Bake cookies for our family.
17. Go to the library to check out books about Chanukah and Christmas.
18. Go downtown to see the tree and lights in Pioneer Square.
19. Make a present or stocking stuffer for Daddy.
20. Read a Chanukah book.
21. Light a fire and roast some marshmallows.
22. Take a walk around the neighborhood to see the lights.
23. Read the Night Before Christmas.
24. Make holiday decorations for the house.
25. Fill up a box of toys to give to charity, and take the girls with us when we donate.

What special traditions have you started with your family?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2008 7:53 pm

    I love that you have written down all the things you want to do this December, Allie! Landon and I do many of these same things as well, but this is a great idea. I've been scrambling to make lists myself the past few days. It's Dec. 1st & I must get off to a strong start! I think I'll feel better once the Christmas picture has been taken & the cards are on their way. Of course, I have about 50 people to get updated addresses from, so sending out Christmas cards is no easy task! Karli

  2. December 2, 2008 6:31 am

    We make graham cracker houses; frosting for the glue & candy to decorate – entire thing is edible. We usually invite a few friends over and have a little party! It started when I was a kid and now I share it with Daisy! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas 🙂

  3. December 2, 2008 4:05 pm

    That’s a really great idea! Hope you don’t mind if I steal some! =)

  4. December 2, 2008 9:55 pm

    I love the simple yet meaningful things. You’ve inspired me to make a list.

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