24 November 2012

Christmas Countdown!

This is Angel's and my December tradition, so far. Can you really have traditions after just two Christmases together?

 Do you know how hard it is to take a good picture of the side of the wall??

Last year I made a Christmas countdown by sticking pieces of paper on the wall with secret treats or activities to enjoy that day for every day until Christmas. Of course, I knew all of the surprises that were coming, but I kept them secret from Angel so that he never knew what was coming on each day. I can't tell you what I planned specifically for this year, but I'll tell you what I did to make this countdown in December 2011.

Of course, you can make this countdown look as fancy or as simple as you want. I chose to go with simple, as far as looks, and put more effort into planning the surprises for each day. I looked at Angel's and my work and school schedules for the month, and planned our activities according to expected time and energy level. If he was working all day and I had a final exam, the note for the day would say "Surprise dessert!" and I'd get out a bag of peanut M&Ms I'd bought the month before and hidden away. On a day that we didn't have anything big going on, I assigned us to finish and mail all of our Christmas cards.

Because Angel ever-so-faithfully reads my blog, I'll only tell you that for sure one of the activities I have planned is that we'll be watching The Hobbit when it comes out.Other ideas that may or may not be featured:

  • Reading the story of Jesus' birth in the Bible
  • Baking Christmas cookies 
  • In case of snow: building snowmen
  • Getting to open 1 early Christmas present
  • Wedding Anniversary date (a given, for us)
  • Finish Christmas shopping day
  • Go look at Christmas lights
  • Watch Christmas movies: It's a Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause, etc.  (Either I've bought some already and hidden them or we'll pick some up from Blockbuster on that day)
Vi said...

That's a cute tradition :) I love Christmas Countdowns!

Steph said...

What a fun idea!

Erin @ Come What May said...

This is so cute! I might need to steal your idea

Cramer Coffee and Jesus said...

this is such a cute idea! And it's totally okay to start traditions just 2 years of marriage :) shoot, I was thinking of family traditions before we got married. bahaha. and ohhhh boy I have a lot of your blog to catch up with...moving AND a holiday all at once SUCK...never do it, EVER. just saying. but I will say a fun tradition I'm excited to carry out with my daughter and our future kids is singing happy birthday to Jesus first thing Christmas morning next to the nativity scene. We acknowledge the day is about Him even thought we are getting gifts and celebrating and stuffing our faces :) haha.

Cassandra Too said...

Omg I can't wait for Christmas tooooo! :D

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Janna Renee said...

We always had the candy advent calendars and they were so fun!

K said...

This is such a good idea! I'm tempted to make one for next Christmas--which will be our first married/living together Christmas!!

And unrelatedly, aren't you just so excited for The Hobbit? We can't wait!

Christina Morley said...

These are lovely ideas and so simple, and, in some cases, no money needed! I also can't wait to see The Hobbit with my family. I've left you two short messages on FB. God bless!

Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

Anna said...

That's such a nice idea! The Santa Clause is definitely one of my favourite Christmas movies.

Dixie n Dottie said...

What a great idea! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

Amy said...

I love simple. Thanks for the reminder that sometimes making something great doesn't have to be super-crafty. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Cheers to two year traditions. :D Love it and yes, I have places that are oh so hard to photograph too. but we get the idea. Thanks for sharing on beColorful this week.