Wednesday, December 4, 2013

25 Days of Christmas: Day 4 - Christmas Countdowns

Last year we started two new Christmas countdown traditions for Ethan. We are continuing those two and adding one more! December 1st was on Sunday so we got to start our countdown fun! The first is a countdown banner hanging from our mantle and every day we move Santa closer to the 25th.

Next we have our 25 books of Christmas countdown. Every day Ethan will get to open a wrapped Christmas book for us to read together. He absolutely loved this last year! I only had to add about 5 new books this year to replace some babyish ones from last year. He gets to choose whatever book he wants to open except for one, which will be The Night Before Christmas for us to read before he goes to bed on Christmas Eve. Ethan got to open his first book this past Sunday and he had so much fun! The first book he chose (of course the biggest one) was the pull back Busy Santa book. It has a little Santa in a sleigh that zooms around a built in track on the pages, it's really cool.

Our new countdown tradition we're adding this year, is the cotton ball Santa beard countdown. I found a cute printable on Pinterest, got it printed in an 8x10 at Costco and then hung it on the fridge. Each day Ethan will add a cotton ball to fill out Santa's beard by Christmas!

I love creating traditions and memories with Ethan to celebrate Christmas. It has always been my favorite time of year because my parents always made it so special for me. I hope Ethan feels the same way as he grows up!

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