While as adults the month of December just seems to fly by with too much to do in too little time! But for kids- those 24 days crawl at a snail's pace! But using one of these Christmas countdown calendars can make all 24 days special in a small way!
Using a Christmas countdown calendar like these is meant to add joy to your December- not stress! So choose small items that can hide inside that are easy to buy or create. I love the ideas included on this list from The Organized Housewife which can be used either for an advent calendar or for stocking stuffers.
But my favorite idea for a Christmas countdown calendar is to have the kids open a card that gives them something to do every day that leads up to the holiday. You can find a great list of ideas that would work for this from Crafts on Sea!
Felt Christmas Countdown Calendar with Pockets
I love this felt Christmas countdown calendar because it can hung anywhere- on a Command hook on a wall or on the back of a door. And I think the grey felt with the red and white pockets looks so festive!
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
We used Lego countdown calendars with our kids one year- and it was so much fun to open the window and pull out the mini-lego kit for the day. They would assemble that days' creation while I made breakfast! I love this version- a Lego friends advent calendar that creates tiny ornaments!
Free Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar
This is such a beautiful idea– and easy to pull off because it's a set of free printables! Courtesy of Skip to My Lou!
Personalized Wood Light Up Advent Calendar
If you are looking for something truly stunning that will become a beautiful part of your holiday decor- this Christmas countdown calendar is handcrafted from wood and features LED light-up components. How wonderful would it be to have your kids pull open one of these sweet drawers every day?
Knit Stockings Garland
If you have a long wall or a mantle that can hold a garland-style display- these beautiful knit stockings are so festive! Each stocking measures 4×6″ so there's room for a small toy or piece of candy inside!
Print and Fold Tree Countdown Calendar
Willow Day has a sweet free template that you can print, cut out, fold, and glue together to create a display of countdown trees!
Christmas Countdown Village
I love these sweet little boxes that you can fill with treats to countdown to the holidays!
Chocolate Countdown Calendar
If you are planning on filling your countdown calendar with chocolate anyway- why not buy one that's already pre-filled for you with yummy chocolates?
Make a Countdown Calendar from a Muffin Tin!
I found this super simple idea over at BHG– just take a muffin tin, hide the tiny surprises in each cup, and then cover each one with a disk of paper! So cute!
Countdown Bags in a Basket
I love this idea of putting items in these adorable muslin bags and placing them in a basket for kids to open every day!
Looking for Some More Holiday Ideas?
- Free Holiday Planning Printables!
- 50 Christmas “Would You Rather” Questions for families (free printable game)
- 3 Free Printable Christmas Mad Libs!
- 6 Fun Ways to Give Cash as a Gift!
- The 10 Best Free Christmas Subway Art Printables!
Will you be counting down the days until Christmas with your kids this year?