Category Archives: Christmas

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.


As Seen on the Internet

How in the world did we ever live without the Internet? (And cell phones, and computers, and mini iPads for that matter?)

I thought that I would share with you a couple of things that I have recently seen on the Internet. You might want to make these treats or do these craft activities with your grandchildren this Christmas season.

pompom treeThis pom pom tree is easy to make. You just glue pom poms on a Styrofoam cone.

rudolphTurn an empty yogurt cup into a clever craft. This is a way cute Rudolph. (For young grandchildren, you’d have less mess if you just taped brown construction paper around the cup.)

chowAnd what will you feed Santa’s reindeer? Why reindeer chow! The recipe uses Oreo cookies, pretzels, white almond bark, and holiday sprinkles.

pretzel treatHere’s an easy and outta this world yummy reindeer treat (because it uses Rolo candy)! It only uses pretzels, Rolos, and Sixlets candies. (You could use red M&Ms if you can’t find the Sixlet candy.)

snowmanThis paper plate snowman is easy to make. (You’ll have to scroll and scroll and scroll down this site to get to the directions for this snowman!) This craft is inexpensive and easy to make.

pretzel treatAnd last but not least, is another pretzel treat. Simply put Hershey kisses on a pretzel, heat in the oven for a few minutes, and then smoosh an M&M candy into the kiss.

Christmas Doorbell Ditch

When driving around looking at Christmas lights, play 'Christmas lights doorbell ditch' where you leave a doorknob hanger complimenting what wonderful lights the house has.

 Last week, I wrote about doing a Christmas light scavenger hunt with your grandchildren. That reminded me of an activity that my son and daughter-in-law have done with their children.

You’ve probably heard about doorbell ditching, haven’t you? That’s where you ring somebody’s doorbell and run away.

This activity is similar. Only better. It’s a kinder, gentler version of doorbell ditching.

You could do this activity as you are doing your Christmas light scavenger hunt. I think ‘tween’ and teen grandchildren (and grandma!) would really enjoy doing.

Basically, you drive around the neighborhood enjoying the Christmas lights and doing your scavenger hung. When you see a home with Christmas lights that you especially like, you quietly run to the door, slip a special door hanger over the front door knob, ring the door bell, and scurry away before you are discovered.

we like your lights door hanger on Grandma IdeasPeople answer the door and find a pleasant surprise that says their lighting efforts are appreciated.

They get a warm fuzzy feeling because now they know that others like their Christmas lights!

Your family get a warm fuzzy feeling because they have done a secret kindness.

Here is a ‘we like your lights door hanger that you can print up and use for the door hanger.

Santa Retires

Clever video about Santa retiring.      GrandmaIdeas.comThe creative folks at Erickson Living are at it again.

Remember when I shared their video about Grandkids retiring? They have created another clever, and very well-done video, about Santa Claus retiring. Who would have ever thought that Santa would retire, eh? (After 1,742 years on the job, I think he deserves a rest, don’t you?)

The part I like best is where Santa keeps his room so cold! I have a son-in-law who thinks that I keep my house too warm. I ask you, is 72 degrees too warm? Not even! (My son-in-law keeps his home around 68 degrees. Brrrr . . .)

Take a few moments in your Christmas hustle and bustle to watch this video. It will put a smile on your lips. It did on mine!

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