Call me lazy, call me a genius, I'm going with trying something different.
Instead of an advent, where the kids get little presents every day until Christmas, we are doing a countdown. Each day, as we countdown from now until Christmas, we are encouraging the kids to do acts of service. The service can be for someone at school, a neighbor, or family member. It doesn't matter to me who they serve, as long as they do it joyfully.
I wanted something fun to help us count down.
In walks the neon card stock.
In less than half an hour I had 25 ornaments cut out with my trusty Silhouette. I used a basic ornament shape and cut out the numbers 1 to 25 in the font American Typewriter.
So, I have been eyeing different trees all over town for the last couple of weeks. The other day I finally decided on a tree and pulled over to break off a branch. As I was trying to be cool, while ripping a tree with my bare hands, a neighbor drove by. She passed us, then pulled back around to make sure I was okay. I felt really silly explaining myself.
When we got home with our branch, I gave it a nice coat of gold metallic spray paint.
Right now the branch is attached to the wall with gold striped washi tape. I'm not sure it will last all month, but I am willing to sacrifice some tape to make it work. The ornaments are hanging on the branch with simple white string. As we count down the days, we will tear off the ornaments.
Now, I couldn't totally deprive my children of all goodies till Christmas. So each day, after the kids have done their service, they will get to pick a little candy form the candy jars.
Let the countdown begin!