We put up all the Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree and sat on Santa's lap all on the same day with the 1 year old and the 3 year old (who still struggles w/ the concept of time...as indicated by the fact that every day in the past is considered yesterday). The result of these activities: Bethany thought the next day was Christmas & when it turned out NOT to be Christmas, she thought the next day was Christmas. This went on for a few days until.....
Solution to Mistake # 2,423,424.667:
Along with the wooden nativity scene advent calendar, I made a large and colorful paper-chain to count down the days until Christmas. We started with 24 days left & after bath time Bethany gets to tear one piece off at a time. She knows once she gets to rip the last one, the next day will be Jesus's birthday. She loves getting to rip one off each day & counting the remaining links.
And sometimes, while she does that, Owen "gets" to eat some non-edible candle decorations, sigh.