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Counting Down to Christmas

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Counting Down to Christmas

By: Guest Blogger
In our house, the holiday season begins when we host our annual “Letter Writing to Santa” party/fundraiser.  This year, we had 24 people pay to attend our party, and my boys raised $238 for Cystic Fibrosis.  I am so proud of the work my boys put into this fundraiser, and I think “giving back” is a great way to start our Christmas celebrations. After our party, we turn our attention to the Santa Claus parade, and then we start “counting down” to the big day.  This is a great way to build excitement as Christmas draws closer, and today I am sharing some ideas for counting down to Christmas with your little ones.   If you want to keep things simple, an inexpensive chocolate advent calendar will work well.  My boys love these chocolate calendars because I let them take turns eating the chocolates before breakfast.  Seriously, what is more fun than chocolate first thing in the morning?  Using a chalkboard or calendar is also a simple alternative. If you want to get crafty, an advent paper chain is a great option.  When I was a little girl, my mom and I used to make paper chains by looping red and green strips of paper together.  Then, we’d rip a ring off each morning, and by Christmas Eve, all the rings were gone. If you want to get a little creative, a balloon pop is a lot of fun.  Write little notes with easy activities on them, and stick them inside balloons.  Then, each day, get the kids to pop a balloon and do the activity.  Wouldn’t it be fun to fill the balloons with adventures like “drink hot chocolate outside” or “play Christmas carols and sing along”? The last idea I am going to share is one of my favorites.  On November 30 th, I wrap 24 Christmas books and movies, and each morning the kids unwrap one that will be read or watched that evening.  I number all the packages, and I try to save the movies for the weekends and “The Night Before Christmas “ for the 24 th. However you decide to countdown to the big day, I hope you enjoy all the excitement and magic that is sure to fill your house this December! ♥ Gina (aka  East Coast Mommy)
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