Christmas Countdown

I have several purposes in mind for today’s post. First, I want to share with you a countdown to Christmas.

Since my grandchildren are learning their numbers, I wanted a countdown to help them with numbers.

Plus, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about grandmothers who do not live near their grandchildren. I wanted something that they could easily mail (or e-mail) to their far-away-grandchildren without having to mortgage the farm to pay the mailing costs.

This is what I came up with.

This Christmas countdown helps children learn their numbers.

Get some Christmas stickers. Print off the countdown. Give both to your grandchildren.

This Christmas countdown helps children learn their numbers.

The ideas is that each day your grandchild will put a sticker on the appropriate numbered square as they count down to Christmas.

You might also want to check out my Santa countdown and my Frosty the Snowman countdown.

I hope this is the beginning of a lovely Christmas holiday season for you.


Leaf Wreath

Make this Thanksgiving leaf wreath with the kids.      GrandmaIdeas.comLeaf wreath. Leaf wreath.

Say THAT 10 times in a row.

What a tongue twister!

Making a leaf wreath is a great activity that your grandchildren can do while they are waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be served. Or, after dinner to keep them from getting bored.


Here is the leaf wreath pattern. It consists of an orange circle and fall colored leaves.

Simple, huh?

Print the orange circle on card stock paper so that it will be sturdy. You want sturdy.

Print a circle for each of your grandchildren.

Print the leaves on regular copy paper. The leaves do not need to be sturdy.

Have enough leaves so that there are at least 6-7 for each grandchild. Cut everything out.

Make this leaf wreath with grandkids.Have your grandchildren write on each leaf something that they are thankful for.

Then, have them glue their leaves around the wreath.

They can glue on as many leaves that their little heart desires.

Make this leaf wreath with kids. Here’s what the finished wreaths look like.

Aren’t these the cutest little kiddos ever — especially the one that is peeking out from behind his wreath?

I sure think so!

I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family!


Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table

vintage name place cards for Thanksgiving dinnerI love the Graphics Fairy site. Love, love, love her stuff.

The other day, I saw some of her vintage Thanksgiving images and thought to myself, “Self, those would make fabulous name place cards for my Thanksgiving Table.”

So, I made up some. And, I’m sharing them with you, Dear Reader.

Here is the Vintage Thanksgiving Dinner Place Cards PDF file. Simply click on the link, print them on card stock, cut them out, write the names on the cards, fold them, and set them by the dinner plate.

Smashingly easy, eh?

Of course my creative juices didn’t stop there. Oh no!

I decided I wanted to have some centerpieces. They had to be easy and inexpensive because I know that if they weren’t I wouldn’t get anything created by Thursday. Which is just 2 days away.

Well, I had some glass thingies from Ikea. I put candles in them and sprinkled some candy corn around them. Quite festive looking if I do say so myself.

(However, I do think that I will add a tad more candy corn to them on Thanksgiving Day.)

candy corn candle decorations for your Thanksgiving table

My creative juices didn’t stop there, either!

I had saved some interesting shaped bottles that were whining to be used. I decided to fill them with popcorn and add some candles to them and use them as a table centerpiece, too.


I wish I had some raffia to tie around the tall skinny bottle. Maybe even the tall round one.  I thought I had some but I couldn’t find it. (Organizing my craft supplies ought to be on my to-do list . . .)