Countdown to Christmas!

By Lady DIY

Christmas is hands-down my favorite holiday. It’s the things that we do only for a short time each yearfamily traditions like walking and looking at Christmas lights with hot cocoa, making a special cookie recipe, or reading a favorite Christmas bookthat make this such a special time. Here’s a great way to celebrate holiday traditions this month.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardstock (8.5” x 11”) – three pieces each of red and green
  • Holiday-patterned scrapbook paper (12” x 12”) – two pieces
  • Thin ribbon – two pieces, approximately 10” each
  • Red and green markers
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors or paper cutter

Step 1: With your family, come up with a list of 24 activities that you would like to do before Christmas. These could be yearly favorites, or something new.  A few examples:

  • Read a Christmas book
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Watch a favorite Christmas movie  

Step 2: Cut each of the red and green cardstock papers into fourths.  You should end up with 24 pieces of cardstock, each measuring about 4.25” x 5.5”.

Step 3: Cut each of the patterned scrapbook paper into 12 pieces, each measuring 3” x 4”.

Step 4: Glue a piece of patterned scrapbook paper to each of the pieces of cardstock, centering the scrapbook paper.

Step 5: On each of the cards, write one activity from your list.

Step 6: Punch two holes at the top of each card.  Stack the cards together, and thread the ribbons through the holes.  Tie a knot, but not too tight! It’s easier to flip the cards if the ribbon has some slack.  After putting the cards in a stack, you can go back and add dates. You may want to save more time-intensive activities for the weekends, and leave the simpler activities for school nights.

If you need some inspiration for activities, the internet search “advent calendar activities” will give you a ton of ideas!

Lady DIY lives in Rocklin and stays at home with her three boys. When she’s not too busy with DIY projects around the house, she enjoys gardening, fitness and living the glamorous life of a baseball/soccer/football mom.


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