Twelve Days of Christmas: Christmas Countdown Activities

Christmas is almost here, and it is likely that little ones are ready to start counting down the days.  Here are a few countdown ideas to make the wait more fun and festive.

Wrap up Christmas books and put them underneath the tree to be unwrapped and read each night (or skip the wrapping and just have the reading ritual).  My kids love this.

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Making/Decorating a Gingerbread House

Tonight we decorated our first gingerbread house! This was a great activity for the kids. Of course, the little ones just wanted to eat it as soon as they put it together. My friend provided the gingerbread and frosting, so that part was easy for us.  Here are her secrets:

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She also tells me that Martha Stewart’s recipe and video instructions are also a good resource. Here is the link:

http://www.marthastewart.com/258923/gingerbread-for-gingerbread-house-kit

Here is the pdf template for one of Martha Stewart’s houses:

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Here is our festive Gingerbread House.  It looks as cute as it does tasty ☺

Tips from my friend Laura, who is a seasoned pro when it comes to making these:

Saving Halloween candy will provide plenty of options for decorating.

You can use gram crackers instead of gingerbread if you are throwing it together at the last-minute.