I love traditions, and so do my boys. Especially if candy is involved!
Behold, the Candy Strip!
My grandma made candy strips for my sister and brother and I when we were too young to understand how long 24 days really is. My boys are now the happy heirs of this sweet countdown.
The dwindling row of candy is a visual representation of the passing days. (Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your point of view, there is only room to tie on Little Tiny Candies.)
The poem at the top says,
December first 'til Christmas
is the longest time of year,
seems as though old Santa
never will appear.
How many more days 'til Christmas
it's so mighty hard to count,
so this little candy ribbon
will tell you the exact amount.
Untie a candy every night
when the Sandman casts his spell,
and Christmas Eve will be here
by the time you reach the bell!