It's December first, and the countdown to Christmas begins. Audrey had been very focused on the change from November to December (probably something they are covering at pre-school), and I'm glad that I took an hour yesterday to make an advent calendar with her. Although I would really like to make a beautiful felt advent calendar that we can use from year to year, with two little ones it just doesn't seem practical. I got this idea from the Curious George Christmas special, aptly titled "A Very Monkey Christmas". In it, George counts down to Christmas by crossing off numbers on a Christmas tree. I made a very simple tree with cardstock, then printed the number 1-24 in my new favourite font "Ripe", which you can download for free here. I punched out all the numbers with a 1 3/4" circle punch, and stuck them on the tree.
There's an Imaginisce cardstock sticker on top, and Jenni Bowlin Studios "25".
I was going to gather 24 christmas stickers, but Audrey was just as happy with punches out of Imaginisce Christmas paper, with polar bears and candy canes, and words like "jolly" and "noel". She put mounting squares on the back of each one:
(That was a HUGE hit.) I put the tree on the fridge, so she can see it throughout the day, and I put the punches in a ziploc bag on the fridge next to it. She can pick one a day to stick to the tree:
Today she picked a hot chocolate punch.
By the way, I am not planning on keeping this at the end of the year-- it will go in the recycling bin. :)