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8 Awesome Christmas Countdown Ideas For Kids Of All Ages

8 of the best Christmas countdown ideas for kids
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We absolutely LOVE Christmas in this house, so much so we start decorating the house the weekend after Halloween. All of our birthdays fall between Thanksgiving and New Year so it is our favorite time of the year. I thought I would share our favorite Christmas countdown ideas that we have been doing over the years.

The Christmas countdown has already started in this house! But it is never too late to start. See how many days until Christmas Day below.

  

The anticipation and excitement about Christmas are just as fun as the big day itself. Choose which of these Christmas countdown ideas will work the best for your family, and have the most magical Christmas ever. The kids are never too old, in fact, Freddie is now 11 (nearly 12) and found out only last year that Santa wasn’t entirely real, and actually this year he is more excited than ever before.

The Best Christmas Countdown Ideas for kids of all ages

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Advent Calendar

When I was younger, we would get a Christmas advent calendar that showed a Christmas image underneath each window. There was no chocolate and certainly no toys in them when I was younger! Thankfully though there are so many amazing advent calendars you can choose from. Check out our favorite advent calendars in 2021 here. If your kids love to color in, we have just created a FREE coloring advent calendar that the kids will love.

Elf On The Shelf – Countdown to Christmas Family Advent Game

We are crazy for the Elf on the Shelf (see all of our blog posts here!) and this Elf on the Shelf Countdown to Christmas game is another awesome addition! Each morning, the Elf delivers a “secret mission” To the child. Complete the mission and earn an ornament sticker to place on the Christmas tree poster. Includes 5 unique color-coded mission envelopes allowing up to 5 children to play simultaneously, 5 color-coded ornament reward sticker sheets, a giant yellow star ornament sticker page, and 50 “secret mission” Cards.

Christmas Book Advent

We have done this twice when Freddie was younger. The reason we stopped doing it was because I struggled to find 24 Christmas books we didn’t have! But this I think was one of our favorites. We would wrap up 24 Christmas books in Christmas gift wrap and every morning he would unwrap his new book. At bedtime, or whenever we had time we would sit and read the new book together.

Christmas Bucket List

We print out this bucket list for Christmas and then mark off each activity. This is such a fun way to spend December and spending quality time together baking, or drawing is just what Christmas is all about.

Countdown to Christmas!: With a Story a Day 

Countdown to Christmas!: With a Story a Day (Peanuts) – Get into the Christmas spirit with the Peanuts gang in this joyful collection of twenty-five stories—one for every day of December from the first through the twenty-fifth—with original illustrations and foil on the cover!

This collection of Peanuts stories celebrates everything wonderful about the Christmas season—writing Christmas cards, shopping for presents, going to holiday parties, going sledding, drinking hot cocoa, and baking cookies for Santa! There’s a story for each day of the month to make the wait go faster!

A Small Gift Every Day

This is what we do, and depending on the gift we will either wrap a gift every day or just fill these cute advent gift bags. I will list below some of the gifts we will add.

  • Small bag of Haribo (but you could add a chocolate coin – Freddie is allergic so we don’t)
  • Christmas ornament for his tree (yes he has his own in his bedroom.)
  • Lego minifigure
  • Christmas book (this year he is getting the Christmas Pig)
  • Mad Libs Christmas book

If you need even more ideas check out our Christmas stocking stuffer ideas.

The Best Christmas Countdown Ideas for kids of all ages

Santas Beard Countdown

Glue Cotton Balls on Santa’s Beard Countdown Calendar is another really cheap but fun way to countdown to Christmas. Especially for younger children, but as you need to glue the cotton balls adult supervision will be required.

Giant Coloring Poster

I love this giant coloring poster, it is a great Christmas countdown idea. Color in an image every day and you will easily see how many days are left until Christmas. This is a digital file and they recommend printing it out at Staples.

What Christmas countdown ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below.

Last Updated on 29 November 2021 by homeschoolof1

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