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.)
(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.
(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.
We eat the chocolate. We read the paper. We do what the paper says. For example:
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.
She woke up to balloons.
And birthday greetings.
“I have so many special things,” she smiled.
After a day at school and piano class, we celebrated with cake.
And a round of her new HedBanz Game.
It was a happy birthday for my sweet girl.
The world is a better place with her in it.
I made inside and out rainbow cupcakes for her to share with her friends at school. These are the prettiest three.
Let us assume the rest look as good as this, if not better!
This is the one I took a bite of –
– for quality control purposes and also so you could see what the inside of the cupcakes look like.
We’ve been having Family Game Night every other week since the start of the year and it’s been a whole lot of fun.
We kicked it off with a new edition of a classic game: Clue. Lucy won, so she got to pick the game for the next game night.
Week 3: Another classic. Mousetrap. Grandma & Phoebe won.
Week 4: Uno. Lucy won, of course.
Week 5: Wits and Wagers Party, again. And I won, with the help of my supportive sidekick, Jackson.
Week Six: Our new favorite game. (It’s the one in the picture.) Ticket To Ride. Lucy won – on game night as well as three out of the next five times we played!
Week Seven: Clue. Because Lucy never tires of Clue. Grandma won – on her first guess! So, we played again and I won, but Grandma gets to choose the next game.
Do you have any suggestions?