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.


Lucy is 6!

by Leslie

She woke up to balloons.

Lucy is 6!

And birthday greetings.

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

“I have so many special things,” she smiled.

"I have so many special things!"

After a day at school and piano class, we celebrated with cake.

Blowing out the candle

And a round of her new HedBanz Game.

Playing Hedbanz

It was a happy birthday for my sweet girl.

My six year old

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.

Lucy's 6th birthday cupcakes

Let us assume the rest look as good as this, if not better!

This is the one I took a bite of –

Inside Lucy's 6th birthday cupcakes

– for quality control purposes and also so you could see what the inside of the cupcakes look like.

Phoebe flies her kite

And the flying is easy.

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