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Countdown to Christmas

Updated on November 3, 2015

The Countdown to Christmas has Begun!

Christmas is for many one of the most exciting times of the year. It's hard to wait knowing on Christmas day will soon be here. It's so special because it includes the joy of family, good food, giving those you love presents, receiving presents, the smell of pine in the air and more. There are many fun ways to markdown the time until Christmas that will help you get even more in the Christmas spirit. Make sure you have your Christmas wish list done and get to shopping because the countdown to Christmas has begun!

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Paper Chain Countdown

A fun way to countdown the days until Christmas with children is to do a fun craft. Glue or staple strips of green and red paper together to make a chain. On the inside of each piece of paper write a fun Christmas activity to do that day. Some examples include:

1. Go sit on Santa's lap

2. Bake Christmas cookies

3. Go present shopping

4. Wrap a Christmas gift

5. Make a gingerbread house

6. Send out Christmas cards

7. Make a Christmas craft

8. Drink a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows

9. Drive around and view Christmas lights

10. Decorate the house in Christmas decor

11. Pick out a Christmas tree

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

The ideas are endless. This is so fun it will become a Christmas tradition that your kids will want to do every year!

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Countdown Clock

What better way to track time than to use a clock? This countdown clock to Christmas shows the days, hours and minutes until Christmas is here! It can be reset and reused again year after year. This makes a great stocking stuffer or early Christmas present.

The 12 Days of Christmas Countdown Present Giving

A fun way to pass the days until Christmas is to give a loved one presents on the 12 days before Christmas. 12 days prior they'd receive 12 small gifts and the on Christmas Eve they would receive one present. You don't want to break the bank on this so you don't have any money left for presents on actual Christmas day. However small gifts valued between $5-$10/day can be a fun treat to look forward to. Ideas of gifts include:

  • 12 Pack of beer
  • 11 Truffles from a nice chocolate shop
  • 10 Pairs of socks
  • 9 Songs from iTunes
  • 8 Roses
  • 7 Wine glass charms
  • 6 Coasters
  • 5 Magnets
  • 4 Candy bars
  • 3 Candles
  • 2 Books
  • 1 Real present from their wish list to be given on Christmas Eve

Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars are a fun way to count the days until Christmas is here. Some have messages and others have a spot for a daily chocolate or other treat. The ones with a slot for a treat can be refilled year after year. They're all great Christmas decorations that help track the Countdown to Christmas.

Christmas Craft- Decorate your own Christmas Advent Calendar

This wooden Christmas tree advent calendar is ready for you to paint, decorate and fill with your own personal choice of candy or small surprises. This would be a fun project to do by yourself or as a family. It will be a cherished Christmas decoration for years to come that can continue to be reused and enjoyed.

Chocolate Advent Calendars

An advent calendar with chocolate is a great Christmas countdown calendar for kids and adults. They're fun and delicious. Some have the same type of chocolate every day and others have varieties. There's a choice between having boxes that go in order and others that are out of order and it's like a game of searching for the day. Some of the calendars include poems or Christmas messages inside the flaps. Depending on your desires there's the perfect chocolate advent calendar for everyone.

It's a nice idea to get one for everyone in the family so no one has to share. Or if you want to limit sweets kids can take turns and look forward to their day in the rotation.

Christmas Countdown Chalk Board

A simple and decorative way to track the days left until Christmas is to write the days on a chalkboard. To make the board extra festive wrap the board in Christmas lights or garland.

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Countdown To Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

This 1,000 piece puzzle by artist Janet Kruskamp is a fun activity to enjoy in the days preceding Christmas. After the puzzle is complete it could be saved on cardboard to enjoy as a decoration, or it can be re-completed every year as part of a fun Christmas tradition.

Christmas Countdown Ornaments

These ornaments will actually help you countdown the days until Christmas! These are great as a gift or for yourself.

When do you start counting down the days to Christmas?

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      You have some fun ideas here.

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      6 years ago

      This is really cool, I like these, it is helpful to me, thank you. :)

    • ajgodinho profile image

      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, I can't believe Christmas is almost here. It came way too fast and will go by even faster, soon it will be 2013, that's if we can survive tomorrow...LOL! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year 2013. Stay blessed! :)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      ....far too quickly it seems....

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      6 years ago

      The days are flying by.

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      We have a fun game on web where everybody can win a toy every day in December and there is a lot of decorations and cards making going on through December too.

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      6 years ago

      My kids do look forward to their advent calendars every year. Getting the tree is a big step, and we always go shopping for each other. I really like the countdown clock. They would love having that year round.


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