Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Countdown 2011...

If you are my sister-in-law STOP reading this post!  I repeat STOP!  I don't want you to not be surprised with your Christmas Gift this Year! 


For Christmas this year I wanted to do something fun and interactive for my brother and his family for Christmas, so I gathered tons of ideas off of Pintrest and put together my own version of a countdown to Christmas.  I included everything they would need to accomplish the tasks.  Below is what they had to do not in any particular order.  In (parenthesis) is what I included to complete the task for that day.  I forgot to take pictures of the bags and envelopes before I mailed them but they were the cute little Christmas lunch sacks from Wal-mart, I choose snowmen ones.  I attached a white envelope with a day 1-25 on it to coordinate with the day between December 1st and the 25th.  Feel free to copy this and use it all or what works for you!  
I printed the list below and put one day's task in each envelope)

(In Envelope One)  Today’s the first day of your countdown to Christmas!  I’ve included everything you need to have a merry and bright Christmas! Today you open a gift you can use throughout the countdown!  These Aprons are yours to keep, so make them your own with some fun decorations. 
(I included children aprons, apple barrel paint) 

Make Christmas cookies don’t forget to share them!
(I included cookie mix, and cookie cutters)

Hot chocolate and Christmas lights what could be better find the best lights in your neighborhood or even sit and gaze at your own beautiful tree.
(I included a box of Hot Chocolate and marshmallows)

Play a game together as a family everyone in their pj’s please!
(I included a Christmas Bingo Game)

Dinner is on me!  Have breakfast for dinner tonight!
(I included pancake mix, syrup, and microwave bacon)

Santa hats aren’t only for Santa Take a family picture with everyone wearing the hats
(I included Santa hats for everyone) 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Listen to this Christmas CD! Call Grandma/Grandpa and sing to them!
(I included a New Christmas CD)

When the weather outside is frightful stay in and Watch a Christmas Movie and eat popcorn.
(I included a Christmas DVD and microwave popcorn) 

He’s making a list and checking it twice.. Have you been naughty or Nice? Write a letter to Santa! Mail it!
 (I included Stationary set for each child)
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Have a Snowball fight outside or make some snowflakes!
(I included white craft paper, and some sparkly glitter fake snow)

A Savior is born! Read the Christmas Story from the bible
(Pretty Self explanatory

We all fit together, so as a family put the puzzles together!
(I included a puzzle for each child with a different Christmas scene) 

Make a paper chain to hang on the tree or to in a doorway
(I included a pack of construction paper)  
Do Something nice for someone (make their bed, pick up after them, make their favorite food etc…)
(Pretty Self explanatory)

It’s nice to receive mail especially at Christmas Write/Decorate a Christmas Postcards and mail them out!
(I included 12 pre-stamped postcards I purchased at the post office)

Today we remember what the celebration is all about I’ve included the M&M’s and a M&M Nativity Legend card do this together and share it with a friend!
(I included a copy of the Nativity you can find it here., and some snack size packages of M&M's)

Travel far away without ever having to leave home!  Read these Christmas stories to go someplace faraway!
(I included three Christmas Story Books)

Smore’s are a favorite treat of mine, all year long! So make some tonight by candle light or use the microwave!
(I included everything to make some smore's grahm crackers, hershey bars, and marshmallows)

Dinner tonight should be by candle light!
(I included two battery operated candles with extra batteries)

A little birdie told me something…. Don’t forget about your outside friends use this gift to give them a treat!
(I included a bird feeder with bird seed)

Your sweet feet and hands won’t always be this small, make a fun Christmas tree to remember when you were small!
(I included white canvas and paints to make a cute Christmas tree with hands and feet prints found here) 

The tree is up and almost perfect, use today’s gift to add a little sparkle!
(I included cute glittery ornaments with each of the family members first initial)

Over the river and through the woods to grandmothers we go, stay warm with today’s gift!
(I included a fleece blanket and pocket hand warmers, I knew they would be traveling form TN to Ohio and the change in temperature can sometimes be drastic)

Pick a name off the Christmas tree and buy something special for someone you don’t know! Use this Wal-Mart gift Card to make someone’s Christmas a little more special!
(I included a $20 gift card for Wal-mart)

Christmas Crafts are fun to do! Be creative and make something to share with another!
(I included some Christmas foam craft kits I found at the dollar store)

Most of the items were bought at either the dollar store or Wal-mart because that's what we have here in my town.  I had so much fun putting this together.  Most of these are things that my little family and I do together during the Christmas Season.  And so we thought it would be fun to share with my brother and his family! 

Hope these are an inspiration to you and your family!  I will post pictures of my family as we do some of these! 

Have a Beautiful Day! 


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