It makes for a whole month of exciting, out-of-the ordinary activities for your kids that bring on those thrilled smiles that make your heart melt down to nothing.
Here are 30 super fun ways to countdown to Christmas with your family. Pick a way to countdown and get the magic started on December 1st!
Christmas Advent Activities
Create tiny black boxes and number them with the days till Christmas! Each filled with a fun surprise or a hint to a favily activity.
Wrap 24 Christmas-themed books, one for every night as a count down to Christmas. Give your child or children one a night to open--it's an educational advent calendar!
A really easy way to start counting down to the holiday is download and print this printable Advent Calendar.
Alternately, wrap up books in white felt with Christmas-themed shapes and countdown numbers on each one. It doubles as a decoration for the mantle, too!
Do 24 random acts of Christmas kindness--such a good lesson for kids to learn! Here's an idea to get you started: candy cane bombing!
Get a plank and wood glue numbered clothespins to it - then you can use those pins to hold brown paper packages tied up with string! Each package has a special gift or tradition!
Make a DIY Advent Calendar with a pompom jar! Attach a fun family activity with a slip of paper to each pompom in your jar!
How to Countdown to Christmas
Create a forest of cones! It's a great craft to do with the kids and this post contains a free printable!
Hang 24 Christmas socks and tuck an activity in each one! No sewing involved, promise. Printables are included in the instructions on this post!
I love the simple, classic look of this mini tree calendar - each box has another trinket to remember the season.
How about these cute paper boxes made from grocery bags and filled with surprise treats for your little ones?
Christmas clouds! Sew little gifts into circular pieces of colorful fabric, and hang below the cloud! Use wire hangers to form themYour kiddos get to open a gift each day!
Print cards with a fun family Christmas Activity that you can do together. This Vintage Christmas Countdown Calendar is easy to throw together quickly.
Toilet paper tube house--such a cute (and EASY) way to repurpose toilet paper tubes! Put little gifts in each one, this post gives lots of fantastic ideas for both boy and girl gifts!
Making Christmas Magical All Month Long
Countdown envelopes -- each one filled with flat gifts (like coins, stickers, temporary tattoos and more!)
The coolest advent jar I've seen so far! I am making this FOR SURE. Plus her ideas for each day are really good.
More Ways to Countdown to Christmas
Oh I love this idea: have your kids grow a candy cane! This post shows it in three stages but I bet you could stretch it to several more days and have a full-grown candy cane by Christmas! Magic!
Print out this list and read a passage of Scripture every day to remember the reason for the season!