questionshow do you count down to important events?

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Hope you realize you posted this question 3 times.

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@cengland0: Yikes! I definitely didn't mean to. I hit submit...computer/internets took a while to think about it and I figured it was going to time out. But then it posted.
I didn't mean to spam anyone, I promise!

Many thanks to the mod who fixed this.

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@gt0163c: paper chains. We used construction paper chains to help our little ones grasp how many days until Daddy came home from cruise. Usually the chains had close to 190 links, give or take, each representing how many "sleeps" before the big day.
The link for the beginning of each month was a special color and extra special days like birthdays & holidays got the glitter/sticker treatment. ALL of them were numbered. The chain usually hung in the family room and it was pretty sobering to see the darned thing stretch along more than one wall. Those last few sleeps "and a wake up" were always the hardest and there were times when I had to secretly add a few links to the chain.