Christmas Countdown Ideas for Families
Christmas is a very exciting time for families. From the freshly baked Christmas cookies to the beautiful decorations and abundance of family time, there is something for every member of the family to look forward to. As the Christmas season nears, the excitement increases, leaving everyone looking forward to the big day.
Many families participate in Christmas countdowns of some sort, ranging from advent calendars to fun activities. There are many Christmas countdown ideas for families to take part in this year, building upon any existing traditions that you may already have.
While advent calendars are the traditional way to start the Christmas countdown, the truth is, modern day advent calendars are far more unique that their older counterparts. There are several different kinds of advent calendars for kids, some have chocolate inside and others contain tiny little toys that your children can play with.
Fill a crate with individually wrapped Christmas themed books. Each day, leading up until Christmas, have your children open a book and then sit down together and read it. A new book each day until Christmas not only gives them something to be excited about, but it is a great way to get family time and facilitate a love of reading. A DIY Children’s Book Advent Calendar is an amazing way to countdown for Christmas.
Elf on the Shelf
A joyous way to count down to Christmas is the beloved elf on the shelf. Having been welcomed into many homes all over the world, the elf on the shelf brings Christmas cheer and a ton of fun. Each day the elves hide, and the kids can have fun searching for them. This is such a fantastic way to welcome in the holiday season, leaving the kids wondering what those silly elves will do next.
Do a New Activity Each Day
Write down a task list on a large piece of Bristol board and each day complete the activity and check it off the list. This is a fun and exciting way to countdown to Christmas and spend time together as a family.
Here are some festive ideas for each day:
- Make a homemade gift
- Sing Christmas carols
- Bake cookies
- Make Christmas cards
- Go ice skating
- Drink Hot Chocolate
- Build a Gingerbread House
- Make a DIY Handprint Ornament
- Decorate the Christmas Tree
- Have a Christmas Movie Marathon
- Go to a Christmas parade
- Attend a Tree Lighting
- Do a lights tour of your neighbourhood
- Do some Christmas Crafts with Kids
- Start a new Christmas tradition
- Write a letter to Santa
- Build a snowman
- Listen to Christmas music and dance
- Play a game of Christmas charades
- Read a Christmas story
- Decorate Gingerbread Men
- Make paper snowflakes
- Hang up your stockings
- Enjoy Christmas Eve traditions
- Celebrate Christmas!
There are several fantastic ways to countdown until Christmas. Just get creative, use advent calendars, advent crates, elf on the shelf or even a daily task list. If you are feeling adventurous why not try all of them at once? Before you know it the big day will be here and you will have created lots of fun Christmas countdown traditions with your family.