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Chanukah Countdown Calendar

Monday, December 10, 2012

I've been wanting to do some sort of count-down calendar for the boys for each night of Chanukah, so this year I had the idea of making these small bags -- and the fantastic thing about it is that these also hold little sweet tchotchkes.

To make these, I just needed stencils (although you could free-hand these), paint (this year I am going with a more turquoise color than standard-issue blue), a pounce brush for the stencil, and little paper bags (these were 3/$1 at Hobby Lobby).  Since we have two boys, we did two sets of bags, with the numbers 1 through 8 for each night of Chanukah.

Chanukah Calendar

The boys helped me paint in the stencils, and they did a great job!
Chanukah Calendar

In front of the mantle, I hung a pretty string of yarn, so that one side would be for Shug and the other for Shugie:
Chanukah Calendar
(If you're a McCarty Pottery collector too, yes that is one of their menorahs! I keep it on display all year!)

Inside each bag, there will be a little goodie (like an interesting piece of chocolate, a la this ladybug below -- or the sweet Pez snowman I found), along with a note as to where that night's present is 'hidden':
Chanukah Calendar

So each night they will light their menorah, then go to that night's bag (i.e. third night = bag #3).  They are so excited to open the bags!

Chanukah Calendar
If you have Christmas, you could do this with 1-25 (or maybe just the last 12 nights or so) hung like this from the mantle, or on a tabletop, as an Advent calendar!

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