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December 01 2014 @ 12:14 pm
25 Days of Christmas: Christmas Countdown!  
First, let me telling you the plan. Last year, I decided to do a 25 Day of Christmas meme, in which I posted every day from the start of December until Christmas Day. The idea for me is to talk about Christmas things you love, recipes, or movies. I toss in some memories here and there. I find it hard not to rehash those posts I did last year but I'm going to try as I see Christmas stuff in stores and on the television. Should you like to look back on my Christmas posts... LINK... onto the first post.

Counting Down to Christmas!
When I was a kid, every year, during Thanksgiving or on December 1st, my younger siblings and I would pull out the construction paper and start the process of making a Christmas Countdown chain. This is a tradition I tried to continue with my nieces who maybe participated once or twice and then stopped. I find this sad, but someday I'll do it with my own kids.
Checking out the internet, I found some other neat variations on this idea:
I like both ideas though for something I'd end up throwing away, I'm less likely to go to the trouble of making all those numbers. Having said this, I made the numbers that will be used in the everyday meme I'm doing here until the 25th (the 1st above). *sigh* Granted, I'm not throwing those away and they will be reused hopefully next year.

Thinking about this, I thought cutting up all that paper just to throw it away seemed so wasteful even though it seems so fun. And then I stumbled on something I find to be a much better idea.
 photo finishedadventchain2_thumb2.jpg  photo il_570xN45741046.jpg
Source: http://rootsandwingsco.blogspot.com/2009/07/fabric-paper-type-advent-chain.html
Source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/17575419/countdown-garland

It never dawned on me to make them out of fabric or felt. My favorite is the second image with the buttons but Roots and Wings made theirs using velcro to keep the rings together. I find this a wonderful idea and one I'm going to have to look into for the future. I have yet to make a more lasting version but maybe I'll have done it before next year as the kid in me wants to be able to pull off the rings until Christmas.

And to share a more recent memory....

Last year, my Aunt was out of town when our cousins and their kids decided to get together to make Christmas cookies. As we worked we realized my Aunt had left out her construction paper. So in a fit of brilliance (and some childish behavior) my cousins, siblings and I went nuts....
We created a chain that would countdown from Christmas 2013 to Christmas 2014. Yes, an 365 day chain! Can you see it above? It pretty much went around the entire room. My Aunt thought us insane but she also thought it funny. She still has it and it is still counting down until December 25, 2014! The funny thing is all of us who worked on this chain were in our 30s and we all found ourselves acting like the kids we still have inside us.
Happy December 1!
 
 
 
catteocatteo on December 2nd, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
This is super cute!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 4th, 2014 10:51 pm (UTC)
I thought so!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 2nd, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
That is a very cute idea, I hadn't seen any of those before!

Aww, I love that she's actually still counting down the days with it! That is so great! :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 4th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it is a "this side of the pond" type of thing or not but growing up with it, it is just something I love doing.

Me too! We got to see how tiny it was on Thanksgiving... just 3 more weeks!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 8th, 2014 10:03 am (UTC)
We had one with a picutre with little doors in it to open and get a picture behind each door.
Today you only get those that have some kind of chocolate behind each door.

I like yours better because it's more about what's coming, more about the counting down. :)
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie and Claire close togethsireesanwar on December 9th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong. I love the little doors with chocolates in them but there is enough junk food at Christmas time so I'm okay with this fun version.

I remember having one that had pictures and one that had Bible verses that basically led you through the history of Baby Jesus.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 10th, 2014 08:29 am (UTC)
Exactly! The 'purer' versions make a lot more sense to me

I think Christmas Eve ALWAYS had a picture of baby Jesus in the crib :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 13th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
That is neat. I love that.
tracyj23: Snoopy/Woodstock Christmastracyj23 on December 2nd, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
That's adorable. What a great idea, and having fun in your thirties - why not? Christmas only comes once a year, might as well enjoy it. :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 4th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Exactly, why not?! You shouldn't never be too old to be a little silly. Life is much sweeter that way.
tracyj23: Candle giftracyj23 on December 7th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
It truly is. I've got two grinches in my family (hubby and tim) who will both try to bring the rest of us down but I refuse not to have fun during Advent and Christmas. :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 8th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
I hate that. If you don't like Christmas, suck it up and let others have fun. Christmas is the best time to have fun!
tracyj23: Snoopy/Woodstock Christmastracyj23 on December 9th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
I agree!