Thursday, December 3, 2009

We're On The Christmas Countdown

Everyone seems to be on some sort of "countdown for Christmas".  If you are  Christians, as we are, you are celebrating the Advent season and counting the days until the birthday of Jesus.  ~ or ~  You may be counting down the days until Santa Claus arrives with a bag full of goodies for you. ~ or ~  You could be counting down the days until you get to see family for the holiday.  ~ or ~ ....if you are doing the bah-humbug thing, you're probably counting the days until all this insanity is over with for another year!!

Mackenzie and Zoey, otherwise known as the "Grands,"  are counting down the days to Christmas with the Christmas Box I gave each of them.

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I bought the first box for Mackenzie when she was but an infant.  I got it through the L.L. Bean catalog.  I didn't make use of it until her second Christmas, when she was almost 16 months old.  Then when Zoey arrived in 2005, I was able to buy a second box through L.L. Bean so she could have a matching one like her big sister.  The box drawers, inside the large doors, are small and finding something to fit inside is a bit of a challenge.  I manage to find small trinkets and candy for the majority of the numbered boxes.  I wrap each item in tissue and then insert them in the small, numbered drawers.

Sometimes, I find something too large to fit inside the drawers.  In those cases I wrap the item in Christmas paper and hide the gift in their house.  Then I put a slip of paper inside the drawer with a hint as to where to find the gift.  Towards the end of their "Christmas Countdown" I like to get books, or T-shirts, or ornaments for them.  These have to be wrapped and hidden someplace else.

Each evening after the Grands have their dinner, Stephanie allows them to open the box for that date.  I'm sure all sorts of merriment ensues....we're just not there to see (or hear) it.  It's better that way.

Until next long for now!


squawmama said...

Hi Mary... I am feeling much better and thanks for coming by to visit me... I am trying to get back on track bloggin but you know when you don't do it for a while it is easy to not do... GREAT idea for the GRANDS!!! I will be looking for those for mine. Loved it!!! HAve a glorious day my friend!

Travel Safe

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Oh what a great tradition for your grandkids, and something they will remember forever and tell their kids and their grandkids about the special boxes!

Gypsy said...

The boxes are a wonderful idea and look like much fun.

NWlambear said...

That is such a special idea....for grandchildren. I've never seen that before...I love it!!! First I thought you and your DH made them...then I read further you got them at LLBean (actually one of my favorite store). Merry CHRISTmas to you and your beautiful family!

Rick and Paulette said...

That's a great idea for the Grands, Margie! We're counting down to Christmas too, because a few days after we'll be heading south!

Phyllis said...

Oh my gosh - I wish I knew about this idea sooner. How I wish I could have started one this year for our precious granddaughters.

Jerry and Suzy said...

We are counting down too, but our big Christmas present comes a week earlier, when Suzy has her shoulder replacement surgery on the 18th. Any prayers for her good results and swift recovery will be most appreciated!

Karyn said...

I love those boxes! What a special way to help your little girls count down!