Our First Christmas Decoration

Let the countdown begin!

With Tad eagerly anticipating Christmas this year, I thought it would be a good idea to bring back an idea I once used with Ane.  So, I made her measure and cut the paper (made her use a ruler and measure – a little math work), I wrote the dates on the strips, and then Ane, Tad and I colored them.  I stapled them all together and made the sign for the top.

This is really going to help Tad visualize the days as we count down.  And yes, there are a lot of sharks drawn on these rings.

There’s some Batman in there, too – along with a few words written by Tad.  He asked me how to spell “Santa” and “Batcave,” wrote them down, then wanted to spell his sister’s name along with the word “doll.”

“Tad, I already have my doll – I just want clothes,” she told him.

When Tad doesn’t like his drawing, he just tosses it aside and starts again.  Mommy and Ane did a bit of salvaging of his discarded sharks.  Did a pretty good job of it, too, if I say so myself.

We start the chain today, and will take off one ring every night.  And it’s out of Rerun’s reach (though that one is bright enough to drag a chair over to it, I’m betting).  The kids had a lot of fun putting this together, and I know that they are looking forward to taking them all off!

I guess it’s time to take down this year’s Thanksgiving artwork – both pieces by Tad:

These are on the pantry door, but that’s where I hang the Christmas cards.  So it’s time to clear it off!  I’m sure some of the overachievers will be sending them out soon.

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