25 Days to Christmas & a Present for YOU!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The 25 Days of Christmas has officially begun in our house…well the advent calendar is up and the 1st little giftie will be opened tonight. *

We have an extremely long mantel – the entire wall.  So I decided to create the countdown to span a good portion of the wall.  With the TV as the focal point, I wanted to add different holiday elements.  I thought  it would be perfect to set all the presents on the mantel as well – to add some holiday spirit there.

I used the countdown tags as the gift tags so the little mister would know which present went for each day.

We’ve kept with traditional Christmas colors – red, green and silver.  To create the countdown, I used ribbon and tape to secure the paper to the ribbon.  I punched red, green, silver and holiday printables and put everything in random order.

I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out.  For the last 5 years, we’ve used our Pottery Barn Kids advent calendar (the one with the pockets and you put the present in the pocket).  I do like that one, but this year, I wanted it to be more of a festive feature in our home.

As a little holiday cheer for you…you can download the countdown here and as a special treat, you can download some matching to/from tags that match here.

Enjoy the pictures…






Oh and I thought it would be fun to make some homemade confetti for the mantel.

Insert a little dose on honesty here…the tradition has always been that the little mister opens the present in the morning…BUT he pitched the biggest fit about having to wear pants today – he wanted to wear shorts (it was freezing this morning, the wind gusting and he could have blown over on his walk to school).  So…even though I was super excited about our countdown to Christmas – I had to put my mama hat on and let him know that it wasn’t OK.  So tonight it is…


Thanks Lindsay! It was really fun to create. I hear you on time. Yesterday was a crazy night. I had completely change directions a few days ago because my initial idea didn't work the way I wanted it to. 🙂

I LOVE it!!! Perfect!! I totally want to do this!!! Now, only if I had time…hhmmmm… 🙂

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