Friday, November 25, 2016

25 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us are turning our attention to preparing for the holidays!  Advent calendars and other types of countdowns can be a fun way for kids and adults alike to note the passing of the season, as well as provide a special element of holiday decor.

Some countdowns are just  that - a way to keep track of how many days there are left before Christmas:

Many countdowns make use of pockets, pouches, boxes or other containers to conceal a special treat, tiny gift, or ornament for each day of the month. Most of these DIYs can easily be used year after year as part of a special tradition, and the treats can grow with the family's interests.

A great alterative to treats and gifts are to use your Christmas countdown to create memories!  Each day, you can draw slips of paper that could be anything from suggestions for holiday fun such as baking cookies or taking a drive to view holiday lights, to passages from the Christmas story, to acts of kindness or even riddles and jokes.  Here are a few ways to create a Christmas Activity Countdown:

Finally, there are Christmas countdowns that are geared to the interests of the recipients - here are a few for inspiration - there is everything from a nightly bedtime story or an Advent busy book for the youngest members of the family, to an advent calendar full of tea or even beer!

I hope this gives you a few ideas, should you want to count down to the holiday!  And I'd love to hear if you have any other ideas - what treats or activities would you include in yours?


  1. Such a great round up of advent calendars and ways to countdown to Christmas.

  2. Great roundup! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!

  3. So many creative ideas!! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  4. Oh, so much inspiration! Thank you for sharing!
    I would love if you could join the Holidays Celebration Link Party here:
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. These are all so cute! Love all these ideas. Thank you!

  6. Thank you for the Inspiration, all such wonderful ideas to count down the days til Christmas!

  7. Thanks for sharing your roundup of countdown to Christmas ideas with us at Snickerdoodle. Pinned.

  8. These are all great advent calendars! Thanks for including mine. We've been having a lot of fun opening our little boxes already.

  9. Lots of great countdown to Christmas ideas! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  10. Hi Lynda,
    That's the holiday spirit!
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger’s Pit Stop
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

  11. Some seriously cute ideas here! I love the country / state shaped board idea. Thanks so much for sharing over at Friday Frivolity :D

  12. I love this! Wish I would have seen it earlier so I could do this with my daughters!! Saving for next year

  13. Thanks for sharing such an amazing article. You can also take the help of a desk calendar 2024 or for any year. It helps you to track all the events of every year and lets one be able to live more flexibly.