It's hard to explain to little ones that there are still 24 days until Christmas. Since we put up our tree, Alex is asking me every day, "Mom, is it Christmas yet?" When you're little, you need VISUAL reminders.
This got me thinking about the Christmas Countdown chain that I used to make with my second graders every year. You begin on December 1st with a chain of 24 links, then you remove a link each day. As the chain grows shorter, your kids have a visual idea that the wait for Christmas is growing shorter!
You can keep it just that simple, OR you can use it as I did with my second graders: write a simple prayer request on each link. As you remove it before bed at night, include that request in your bedtime prayers with your children. My second graders wrote down their classmates name. For your family, you could pray for friends, relatives, neighbors, or anyone/anything else that comes to mind.
Please note that the poem on this page is not my own. It has floated around for years, and I cannot find a source for it. Also note that this poem talks about saying prayers. While it will work well for Christian schools, church classes, and homeschoolers, you will most likely not be interested in this file if you teach in a public school classroom.