1. Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows.
2. Visit the A Christmas Story house.
3. Make crystal snowflakes.
4. Pick out a really nice Christmas tree (but don’t squish any elves that may be hiding in the branches!).
5. Decorate the tree and drink hot chocolate.
6. Is the sky clear? Get out the telescope for some star gazing, if not, go for a nighttime walk with homemade lanterns.
7. Write letters to Santa.
8. Make popcorn strands for the tree.
9. Make color ice blocks. Add salt. Build things.
10. Visit Snowdrop's Adventure Game (a local event for kids to play a giant-sized board game about a white deer).
11. Make dough ornaments for the tree.
12. Wear fancy dress for dinnertime.
13. Enjoy a candlelit bubble bath.
14. Listen to holiday music and set up a nature table for the season.
15. Make homemade playdough.
16. Let’s go ice skating today!
17. Have breakfast for dinner.
18. Have breakfast with Santa.
19. Build a Gingerbread house.
20. Bake a batch of Christmas cookies.
21. Buy a gift for a family in need via Heifer International.
22. Visit Baba.
23. Go see the lights at Clifton Mill.
24. Christmas Eve: Unwrap one present after dinner (Mama & Papa get to pick which one).
25. It’s Christmas Day! Enjoy your time with friends and family, food and fun!
I also started list-making for the rest of the holiday season: things to buy, things to make, the thinking up of things to make and buy, and so on and so forth. Already, there seems like not enough time to get everything done. I'm relieved I decided against NaNoWriMo!
See December 2008 archives for last year's complete countdown adventure.