Countdown to Christmas: a Kiss for a Kiss

Yes, it’s about that time!!!  And we’re SUPER excited around here!!!  Every year we countdown with Kisses {literally and figuratively}.  There are some incredibly elaborate advent calendars, but around here, “simplify life” is usually our motto!
Here’s how you put it together!  Stretch about 52 inches of Saran Wrap along your table.

It’s a 25 day countdown, so line 25 of your child’s favorite Hershey Kiss candy spaced about an inch apart along the Saran Wrap.  Little B and Baby B are all about pure milk chocolate!  BIG B wanted to try the peppermint kisses!  I was wishing one of the would pick the caramel ~ sounded so GOOD!

Below is what it should look like now.
Once they’re lined up, fold the Saran Wrap length-wise to cover the kisses.  Then pull the other side over and continue covering until they’re covered fairly well.  No worries if the chocolates shift around a bit.  We’ll get to that next.  Now take your favorite thin ribbon (if you want thicker ribbon, space your chocolates a little further apart).  Cut the ribbon into 3-4 inch pieces, keeping the cuts the same throughout the process.
Take your ribbon and knot (tie twice) each ribbon, pushing the ribbon up after each tie and arranging each kiss so the spacing is consistent.
You can hang these anywhere!!!  I used the shutters I found during Goodwill’s Midnight Madness a few weeks ago!  Then took three drawer knobs that I had laying around and painted them red and hot glued them to the shutter (so that I can take them off in January and repurpose my shutter).  Next, I grabbed my chalkboard pens (the ones used for my countdown pumpkin) and surprise surprise, they were eraseable with water on this paintable surface too (and it’s not chalk paint on the shutter)!  I think I have a new favorite pen!!!

Leaned the shutter on a table in the family room.  I can’t wait for December 1st when the kids come and give us tackle hugs and smother us with kisses!!!  A kiss for a kiss!!!  We love our little countdown tradition!!!  What do you do to countdown for Christmas!?!?  Share with me, I’d love to hear your ideas!!!

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  1. Okay, I think I see a new tradition on the horizon in our house. I love this idea! It’s simple, doesn’t cost a lot, and it doesn’t take all day to put together. That’s a winner in my book. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hopping over from Cindy’s (my romantic home). Thank you for sharing this simple and cute idea. Very ingenious. In fact your blog is very inspirational all together. You are in my Favorites now!
    Savannah Smiles

  3. So sweet! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursdays. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve done this past week.

  4. Carol says:

    I have been searching for a countdown to Christmas craft! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! I made one yesterday for my 6 year old grandson and finished one today for my 4 year old grandson…only 4 more to go! I love this! Especially the “kiss for a kiss”!How sweet!

  5. Simone says:

    So simple, yet so effective! Great idea.

  6. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    I am featuring you tomorrow during STICKER TIME! Thank you for sharing!

  7. laura@imnotatrophywife.com says:

    this is really cute and simple and inexpensive. love this idea!

  8. That is so sweet! I love this idea and think you are very clever for creating it.

    I am hosting a 12 days of Christmas series at my Christmas and it starts on December 1st with an Advent post. I would be so honoured if you could link up this wonderful post.

    Best Christmas wishes,

  9. Jess says:

    such a sweet idea! and not too much sugar. love!


  10. Kerryanne English says:

    Oh so cute!
    I’d love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-friday.html

  11. Honey at 2805 says:

    You are just brimming with lovely ideas, Aimee!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely idea at Potpourri Friday!

  12. Honey at 2805 says:

    You are just brimming with lovely ideas, Aimee!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely idea at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Honey at 2805 says:

    You are just brimming with lovely ideas, Aimee!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely idea at Potpourri Friday!

  14. Lori says:

    Im making mine tomorrow! Can’t wait what a great idea! Im visiting from Friday Finale at Over the Big moon 🙂 http://www.youhavebeenframed.blogspot.com

  15. Lisa @ Over the Big Moon says:

    Love this! I remember my doing something like this one year! I would love for you to share it with our readers at our 4th Friday Finale at Over the Big Moon!



  16. Gary says:

    uh-oh, new to blogging, my wife showed me this and thinks a variation would be a great way to welcome our grandkids home for holidays.

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  18. ericapangle says:

    Adorable! I love it!

  19. Piper says:

    Oh so cute!! & yummy too!!

  20. Inspire Me Heather says:

    Oh what a cute idea – many thanks!