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.


My kiddos.

Smiling Jack

Jack and Jules

Lucy and Julia

Bee, running

Julia and Lucy and Jack

Dave and Jack

Lemme have that camera, mom.

Lounging

Jack and the cat

Jack pushing the wagon

Phoebe pulling Jack in the wagon

Jack

Bee

Lucy

Phoebe

Lucy, making Jack laugh

Pushing Bubba on the swing

Hee hee

It was glorious.

One.

by Leslie

Jack turned ONE on Friday. (And he had his picture taken by the lovely Lacey Bright.)

Jack is one!

He is the handsomest guy I’ve ever seen.

Handsomest boy in the world

I am completely in love with him.

My superman

I am grateful every day to be his mom.

Smash cake!

He got to smash a Superman cake up at his photo session, and again at home.

Jack's First Birthday Cakes

(I made him one of his very own.)

Birthday boy

I'll take that

Hmmm

Yes, this is mine

Pat pat

Tasty

Yum


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