Last year I saw the cutest idea on a blog (don't remember which one now) for counting down to Christmas day. It involves something our family loves very much- reading books!!
All of last year I kept my Christmas eye out for Christmas books- old, new, used, etc. I stashed them in a storage bin so the kids wouldn't see them, and recently when I got out all my decorations, out came the books too! I've seen several neat ways to display the books all month, but we chose to put them under the tree.
Here is the pile of books I collected: