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getting ready for Christmas #3 – a countdown to Christmas

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In our house, we usually do a countdown to Christmas.  Ours is a countdown through Advent, beginning on the first Sunday in Advent and marking off the days, one at a time.

Most years, I have a Jesse tree, a tradition in some Christian homes.  This celebrates the long genealogy of Jesus who was of the house of Jesse, the father of David.  When my son was little, we had bread-dough ornaments each illustrating Biblical events.  When he grew older, and as the ornaments started to show their age, I put red and green ribbons on our Jesse tree.  The Jesse tree itself is a two to three foot tall branch from a birch tree.  A memory I have through the years is of ironing those ribbons to remove the wrinkles of the year gone by.


We also have a fabric Advent calendar with pockets for small treats.  Most years we put mint sticks in each pocket.  This year we couldn’t find our usual mint sticks, so we wrapped sticks of chocolate, one for each day in the calendar.



This year, I decided to create something new to use for our countdown.  On Pinterest, I have seen several examples of countdown ornaments created from tags embellished with various trinkets.  So I made twenty-five of these, since this year Advent and December both began on December 1st.




I printed tags with the numbers spelled out and fixed a small memento to each one.  Most of these are trinkets I have kept in odd drawers over the years – mismatched earrings, buttons, acorns, feathers, shells, Christmas pins and so on.  I threaded a ribbon through a hole punched in the tag.  Each day since December 1, I have hung a new ornament, tying them to the bar of a drying rack we have in the living room.




The ornaments are pretty and remind me of the days ahead and the days that have come and gone.




Do you count down the days until Christmas????


Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

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  1. What a great tradition! This would build the excitement very well, especially for the young ones 🙂


    Watching Seasons

    December 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  2. Jane, all I can say is, “WOW”! Have a very Merry Christmas!


    Jane Fritz

    December 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    • Hi Jane. You too! I am enjoying your travels in Morocco and those camels. I love the photo of the shadows on the sand! Jane


      jane tims

      December 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  3. I like your ornaments. They’re wonderful. 🙂 We used to have an Advent calendar, but abandoned it when the kids grew up. Christmas has never been a favorite holiday of mine, and this year it’s a bit more stressful because of the move and having to travel to be with our kids and grandkids. However, I’m really looking forward to being with them for an early celebration, and have been mentally counting down for that event.



    December 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

    • Hi Robin. You’ll have two Christmases … one with your family and one when you get home to your new house! Christmas is better when there are children. This year I sent each of my nephews and nieces a card and very homemade ornaments and it has helped me capture some of that old feeling. Jane


      jane tims

      December 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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