25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m making a 25 day Countdown to Christmas project with my nieces Madelyn and Bellie. As you can see from the photo they are loving their new matching jammies. New flannel jammies are the best especially when you find matching ones like my mom did with a monkey print design. Ok sorry, back to the project. Both little sweet peas will decorate 12 standard sized card envelopes using stickers, self adhesive gems, then stamp the numbers needed on each of their bags. Madelyn will stamp the odd numbers and Bellie the even numbers. I will decorate envelope 25 for them to either use as a sample or for inspiration. Once all the envelopes are decorated I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of candy and a printed strip of paper that has one of the 25 fun things to do from the list below. Then I’ll place them in a basket for my sister to sit on a table and each day Madelyn and Bellie will open one envelope as they count down to Christmas.

Here comes the hardest part of all… making sure my sister takes a photo of the girls each day doing their daily countdown task. I want to make a mini album similar to a December Daily album of the girls and think it would be a fun keepsake for them.

I had so much fun gathering everything for Madelyn and Bellie I thought that I’d share this project with you. I’ve listed my list of 25 fun things to do as Madelyn and Bellie countdown to Christmas, I’ve listed the items used and which one of the 25 fun things they go with and I’ve listed where I purchased all the items (most everything is from Target). I hope at least one of you besides me makes this because this took me hours to prepare as a blog post. This is VERY LONG so go grab some coffee before you start cutting, pasting and printing.

This is the list I created for their 25 things to do. Remember, only one per day and you can change them so they work well with your family.

~ Write a letter to Santa ~
~ Make Christmas Cookies ~
~ Eat candy canes & chocolate kisses ~
~ Make pomanders (just push whole cloves into small oranges, then put them in a bowl for a centerpiece) ~
~ Drink hot chocolate topped with marshmallows & crushed candy canes ~
~ Take a bubble bath while listening to Christmas music ~
~ Sleep under the Christmas tree ~
~ Make a Christmas fort with blankets ~
~ Make a Christmas Sundae ~
~ Get dressed in your PJ’s and drive around looking at Christmas lights ~
~ Make popcorn and watch a Christmas movie ~
~ Go for an evening walk & look at Christmas lights ~
~ Make sugar cone Christmas trees ~
~ Have a Christmas tea party ~
~ Read Christmas books then color a Christmas picture ~
~ Make a paper chain garland ~
~ Play Christmas music & Christmas games ~
~ Make a Christmas ornament ~
~ Breakfast for dinner ~
~ Make Christmas cards ~
~ Make Magic Reindeer Food ~ ½ cup oats, ¼ cup holiday sprinkles & ¼ cup red & green sugar, mix together.~

Sprinkle this reindeer food on the lawn at night. The moonlight will make it sparkle bright, as the reindeer fly and roam through the   night; your home will be seen while they’re all in flight.

~ Drink warm apple cider, eat Christmas cookies & play games ~
~ Hang Mistletoe and get a Kiss! ~
~ Set out cookies for Santa ~
~ Decorate Your Room ~

This is the list that explains what items go with each day. Since I live so far away my sister is really going to appreciate having this list.

~ Write a letter to Santa ~ Santa or Holiday Themed Paper
~ Make Christmas Cookies ~ print outs with 6 tags so they can give some cookies away, cut & slice cookies, sprinkle container with multiple sprinkles & colored sugars in it.
~ Eat candy canes & chocolate kisses ~ Let them eat several then save some candy canes for their hot chocolate day.
~ Make pomanders (just push whole cloves into small oranges, then put them in a bowl for a centerpiece) ~ whole cloves and oranges
~ Drink hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and crushed candy canes ~ Hot chocolate packets, bag of marshmallows and candy canes
~ Take a bubble bath while listening to Christmas music ~ Princess bubble bath
~ Sleep under the Christmas tree ~ Reindeer stuffed animal
~ Make a Christmas fort with blankets ~ Glow light up tree necklace
~ Make a Christmas Sundae ~ Chocolate & Peach Cobbler ice cream, Sprinkles, M & M’s & Reddi Wip
~ Get dressed in your pj’s and drive around looking at Christmas lights ~ Reindeer head bands
~ Make popcorn and watch a Christmas movie ~ M & M’s Movie Snack Kit
~ Go for an evening walk & look at Christmas lights ~ Jingle bell sticks
~ Make sugar cone Christmas trees ~ Sugar cones, icing, M&M’s, red & green sprinkles & Wilton Cookie Decorations ~ Gingerbread Men
~ Have a Christmas tea party ~ Paper plates, napkins & Little Debbie snacks
~ Read Christmas books then color a Christmas picture ~ Christmas books, Rudolph coloring books and crayons
~ Make a paper chain garland ~ Paper chain garland kit
~ Play Christmas music & Color ~ Christmas Play Pack Grab & Go
~ Make a Christmas ornament ~ Ornament kits; make one for Mom Mom & Paw Paw too
~ Breakfast for dinner ~ Coloring placemats
~ Make Christmas cards ~ Blank cards to decorate, let them use your Christmas scrap paper, then seal them in the envelopes and mail them.
~ Make Magic Reindeer Food ~ 1 cup oats, ½ cup colorful sprinkles in holiday colors, ½ cup sugar sprinkles, mix together.
~ Sprinkle this reindeer food on the lawn at night. The moonlight will make it sparkle bright, as the reindeer fly and roam through the night; your home will be seen while they’re all in flight. ~ Oats and sprinkles
~ Drink warm apple cider, eat Christmas cookies & Play Games ~ Apple cider packets, pre-made cookies & Wooden Reindeer Game
~ Hang Mistletoe and get a Kiss! ~ Mistletoe and wipe off activity board
~ Set out cookies for Santa ~ sprinkle reindeer magic food on the lawn
~ Decorate Your Room ~ Gingerbread Man Kit with stickers & Gingerbread House Kit with stickers

Supplies Needed for your 25 Days to Christmas Countdown ~ Most all is from Target

To make the advent calendar: 25 Regular Sized Card Envelopes, Darice Sticker Books Happy Penguins & Santa’s Toy Shoppe Target $1 section, Darice Self Stick Gems Seasonal Sparkles Stickers Target $1 section, Red & White Baker’s Twine, Number Stamps or Stickers, Ink if stamping, Candy ~ one piece for each day, per kid

Large gift bag to hold ALL ITEMS ~ remember to keep this hidden as we want each day to be a surprise for the kids

1 Sheet Santa or Holiday themed paper ~ The Crafty Scrapper
6 Tags Print Out ~ http://www.raggedyscrappin.com/fpdb/images/tags1.jpg
Bubble Bath (small bottle) ~ Walgreen’s $0.99 holiday beauty section
M & M’s Movie Snack Kit ~ Contains 2 popcorn packs & 3 boxes of candy in one popcorn bucket ~ Holiday Candy section at Target
Mistletoe ~ I knocked some out of a tree in our neighborhood
Blank Cards with Envelopes ~ had in my supplies but these are easy to find at most scrapbook or craft stores
Small Box of Crayons

Grocery Items

Pillsbury Cut & Slice Sugar Cookies
1 Can of Reddi Wip
Ice Cream (their favorite flavor(s))
Keebler Sugar Cones 12 Cones per box
Holiday Sprinkles & Colored Sugar ~ Holiday Decors container with 6 Different Styles
Wilton Cookie Decorations ~ Gingerbread Men
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
1 Whole Cloves ~ small container
1 White icing ~ number of cans depends on how many sugar cones you want to make
Green Food Coloring
Hot Chocolate
Apple cider
Small Oranges ~ cuties are perfect for small hands
Oats ~ I’m using Maple Brown Sugar flavored oat packets I already have in my pantry
Little Debbie Holiday Snacks Christmas Tree Snacks & Christmas Marshmallow Treats
Pre-made Christmas Cookies ~ yes it’s OK to purchase them pre-made, Santa gives you permission
1 Box of 24 Candy Canes (you don’t want to run out)
1 Bag Hershey Kisses
1 Bag of Red & Green M&M’s

Target $1 section

Reindeer Stuffed Animal ~ these were in their $3 section
Glow Necklace ~ Christmas Tree
Reindeer Antler Holiday Headband
Jingle Sticks
Red with White Candy Cane Sprinkles & Green with White Snowflake Sprinkles
Holiday themed Paper Plates & Napkins ~ Christmas section at
Christmas Books ~ The Christmas Story & The Nutcracker
Christmas Play Pack Grab & Go ~ Jolly St. Nick & Snow Play Activity coloring/sticker books
Holiday Crafts Paper Chain Kit
Rudolph Coloring Books
Holiday Crafts Ornament Frame kits
Color Your Own Placemat
Wooden Reindeer Race Game
Holiday Dry Erase Board
Large Gingerbread Man & Gingerbread House to decorate

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@ 8:00 am
  • Margie D

    Wow, that’s some list Lisa! I haven’t any grandchildren yet and my nieces and nephews are all grown up but I bet your sister will really appreciate everything you’ve done. Its a great idea!

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