Sunday, December 15, 2013

Count down to Christmas

Ever since I was little, the Christmas countdown was a big thing. I loved it and I think all my sisters and brother loved it too! My mom would hang it at the end of the hallway so it was the first thing we saw when we got up each morning. It was a big Christmas tree with 24 pockets that each held a candy cane. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and was so excited the day we got to start.  My birthday is also in December and my sister, just older than me, always made sure that no one else would touch the candy cane on my day! We all took turns and she made sure my turn would come on my birthday!

Oh, Christmas memories as a child! I have always loved the winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day were always spent with Grandma's, Grandpa's, aunts, uncles and cousins. I looked forward to them each and every year and have such great memories of Christmas time especially, even the year I tripped on a stair throwing my moms freshly made salad EVERYWHERE!

When I had children of my own I was on the look out for the coolest countdown ever, I have yet to replace the felt Christmas tree with candy canes that stuck on with velcro, But we have the same excitement with the countdown.  In the past we have made our own candy countdown and of course, the kids love that....anything with sugar!
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This year I found cute little boxes and made a countdown. I'm excited and yes, I may be a little weird but that's okay! The boxes are filled with candy for everyone but Owen, he gets a sticker in each box for his countdown nativity. I also added little notes in a few boxes with extra candy to give to someone who might be having a bad day. I figured they would take the extra to school and just eat it but so far both Bentley and Abby have given their candy away.

I had such magical Christmases that I want my family to have the same kind. We do love Christmas around here and we have some fun times. I hope we are making memories that will last a lifetime.