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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