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December is here!

This time of year is filled with festive traditions—the music, the decorations, school pageants, pictures with Santa, holiday parties—and (oh, yes!) long to-do lists. For those of us who are busy addressing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts, and baking cookies, Christmas may seem to be coming much too quickly. For little ones, though, the wait for the big day can seem terribly long! Finding small ways to celebrate each day along the way is a perfect way to keep children in patient anticipation for Christmas.

Selecting all sorts of Christmas books for read-aloud time is one of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. Another is performing a daily act of Christmas kindness. This list from Kids Activities Blog has many suggestions that even the littlest elf could help pull off!

Here at the Cottage, we’ve started the tradition of sharing a riddle a day as a way to count the days and laugh along the way. Little ones LOVE jokes—and humor, joy, and laughter in the home are good for kids and great for families. Feel free to count down to Christmas with us on Facebook or click below to get the printable riddles and create a “countdown calendar” of your own. Just print, cut, and fold. Then read a new riddle each morning to bring the joy of the season into your home!



PS—Don’t forget to print out our December calendar of early literacy activities. It’s full of festive ideas!