Jack and Fluffy

He’s been up since 3 a.m. Yes. THREE A.M.

Dave, Jack, and the tower

And he’s been very busy.

It snowed yesterday and school was cancelled. It was also cancelled today, but today was bitterly cold and so we played Just Dance and Exploding Kittens. Yesterday, however, it was only just cold enough to snow and so we played in that snow. And here are what about five seconds of that fun looked like.

First Snow Day of the Year

After the snowball throw



Jack and Julia

This is milk’s necklace.

Milk's Necklace

It shall not be disposed of so long as the gallon jug is in use.

We made our gingerbread houses with graham crackers this year and I think we’ll be doing it this way from now on. We’d always used a kit before, but everyone loved designing their own home. And no one ran out of icing or decorations.

Gingerbread Houses!

Dave was gone for work when we put them together, so we sent him a photo of each house and asked him to guess the builder for each one.

Julia and her gingerbread house

Phoebe and her gingerbread house

Lucy and her gingerbread house

Jack and his gingerbread house

Maybe next time we’ll make a giant house!

This year marks our tenth Grimmett Family Christmas Countdown. We did our first one in 2006. We had just moved into our house, Julia was two and a half and the only child. Our countdown has evolved over the years. Lucy, Phoebe, and Jack have never known Christmas without it. Since last year’s was pretty great, we didn’t change anything, we just added to it.

Here’s our Countdown Corner.

Christmas Countdown Corner

I picked up a $1 advent calendar at Aldi for each of the kids. We’d done them a few years ago and they missed them last year, so they’re back because we cannot get enough chocolate in our lives.

The Santa sack is filled with wrapped books. We open one and read it each night.

Reading a Christmas book

Then, we put a cotton ball on Santa’s beard. (This is where you can find Santa‚Äôs Beard Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar Free Printable we’re using.)

Santa Beard Christmas Countdown

And – this is new for us – we add pieces to the Lego Christmas Tree we’re building.

Lego Christmas Tree

Lego has some amazing advent calendar building kits, but I wanted each of the kids to be able to do it and we all weren’t up for a big kit just yet. So I bought this little LEGO Christmas Tree and divided the instructions into 24 steps. Each day we open an envelope with one step of the instructions and the corresponding pieces and add them on.

Finally, we open a packet containing a piece of candy for each of the kids and a slip of paper with an activity on it, like “wear whipped cream Santa beards and drink hot cocoa.”

Whipped cream Santa beard, er, mustache

Or “visit the Christmas store and buy an ornament for the tree.”

Visiting the Christmas Store

Or “Elf Yourself.”

Our "Elf Yourself" creations

And on it goes until Christmas. CHRISTMAS!

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