You know I’m slightly obsessed with countdown calendars. I think we did 6 advent calendars this year. We did a vacation countdown before our Disney trip. On Christmas Day we started another countdown–the 12 Days Until Lydia’s Birthday!
One of my best friends, Kristen made a cool 12-Days-Of-Christmas-Advent-Calendar type thing for Lydia a few years ago. And because it was just 12 days, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Then I realized Lydia’s birthday is 12 days after Christmas! So, we started using this adorable countdown to build up some fun excitement for her birthday!
Isn’t it cute? It’s just some crazy yarn, a few mittens and some sticky ribbon tape to make the numbers. Easy peasy.
The first time I used this, I put little dollar-store prizes in it. But I don’t really like the idea of getting a billion presents on Christmas, a present a day for 12 days and then another whole day of birthday presents. This year I came up with a brain storm and I LOVE it!
I looked through my iPhoto and printed off one picture of Lydia from each month of the year (12 months, you know?). Pictures that marked important dates or activities in her life. Then I put one in each mitten.
We pick one each day (in order) and we get to reminisce about her 4-year-old year! It’s fun because, of course, she loves the activity of actually picking something out of the calendar. But she also loves looking at the pictures. We’re putting all the pictures into a tiny scrapbook and I hope it will be a sweet reminder to her of a big year for her!
Here are the pictures I chose:
Lydia’s Puppet Party, First Snow Candy, Ballet with Cousin, Resurrection Garden,
First Ballet Recital, Shoes 2 Share, First Garden, Preschool,
Disney Vacation, Apple Picking, Trip to Savannah, Christmas
I’m definitely going to do this same thing 12 days before Asa’s birthday. I love looking back over each month of the year–and seeing the growth that happens in just 12 short months! But I will make something a little easier than the mittens—maybe envelopes?