Countdown to Christmas

It’s chilly today and I have Christmas music playing while I’m sitting at my computer working. I’m feeling very Christmasy and I wanted to share a little project I made to help my family countdown the days until Christmas. I got the idea from my favorite scrapbooker, Stacy Julian. You really should check out her website at She’s the bomb-diggity and has tons of great ideas.

I made this from just paper and ribbon. on a silver ring. There’s a page for each day and behind the page is a pocket with a tag. On each tag is something to do that relates to the season. Since we can’t afford some of the activities we’d love to do - like going to the Nutcracker Ballet or riding on the Polar Express train in Rusk, I had to get creative with fun things that are less expensive or free. It’s a little harder in Houston where we don’t have snow or a lot of traditional winter-type sports and activities (can’t build a snowman or go sledding)! And, because I’m trying to teach my children about the season and how important it is to give, not just to get….there are some that involve giving to others.

Here is a list of some of my ideas:

  1. Talk a walk around the neighborhood at night with hot chocolate
  2. Build a fire in the fireplace
  3. Go caroling
  4. Write a letter to Santa on
  5. Read a Christmas book
  6. Watch a Christmas movie (The 25 days until Christmas on the Family Channel makes this easy and I have our Christmas movies in a basket by the TV).
  7. Make Christmas crafts (we are getting together with some friends to do this next week)
  8. Bake cookies and give to someone else
  9. Decorate a Gingerbread house (Michael’s craft store has these on sale!)
  10. Go ice skating (at the mall!)
  11. Make a Christmas box for Operation Child charity
  12. String popcorn
  13. Make an ornament

Additionally, I plan to leave some small goodies outside our door on December 6th - which is St. Nicholas Day. Check out to learn more about this holiday celebrated in other countries, but not observed as much in the U.S.

If you live in Houston - I’ve found some fun things going on that you might want to do with your family. We are going to try to do some of them!

  • Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour on December 11 and 12 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Lights in The Heights on December 12th
  • Dickens on the Strand in Galveston December 5 and 6
  • Snow Flurry at the Museum of Natural Science December 5th from 1-4 pm
  • Holiday in the Woodlands (ice skating and shopping)

I’ll also be posting some unique gift ideas and special finds on both where I’m a contributing writer and my blog. Check back from time to time and let me know if you have any ideas of things to do or give this holiday season!



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    HealthyHoustonKids says:

    What a cool idea!

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