I have a five-year-old, not to mention all the other kids, but five–that seems to be the age of pre-Alzheimer’s when it comes to remembering how long until Christmas. Everyday he asks how long until Christmas. He asks me, his dad and all of his siblings. He will even asks anyone who comes over. He does occasionally change it up by asking if Christmas is tomorrow.
In order to save my sanity, We made a paper chain. I snuck in some learning with AB patterns and putting the numbers 1-25 in order. This was very easy, relatively quick and surprisingly fun for the kids (and dad). I cut strips of construction paper, wrote numbers on each one. The kids decorated with colored pencils and then we stapled them together and hung it from our stairs. Every night we take one off of the chain. Mike can see that we are getting closer to Christmas without having to ask.
And that’s what works for me.