This year, our Christmas Countdown is threefold. Each day in December leading up to Christmas we have (and will continue) to:

1. Place a cotton ball on Santa’s beard. (This is where you can get the Santa’s Beard Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Free Printable we’re using.)

Santa Beard Christmas Countdown

(It’s a great visual representation of how long we have left to wait.)

2. Take a wrapped Christmas book from the Santa sack, open it, and read it.

Sack o' Christmas Books

(We’re honing our unwrapping skills. We’re gonna kill it on Christmas.)

(Also, if you want to know what we’ve been reading, you can see the list here on Amazon.)

3. Open a packet containing a piece of chocolate for each child and a slip of paper with an activity printed on it.

Christmas Countdown Packet

We eat the chocolate. We read the paper. We do what the paper says. For example:

Make sugar cone Christmas trees - and eat them!

Julia's Sugar Cone Tree

Jack decorates his tree

Icing is the best part!

More sprinkles

Yum!

Lucy's Sugar Cone Tree

I actually had the countdown prepped BEFORE December this year. I’ve never been so prepared! I think it’s all that time I’m not spending on Facebook. Or out in the world, in general. I’ve sort of been hiding out, I guess. That’s something I’m hoping to change.