I love celebrating the holidays. Often it can be stressful and overwhelming but I try to focus on spending time with family and creating family memories and family traditions. I do this by using my Christmas Countdown Calendar. This is a calendar full of Christmas countdown activities. Before you stop reading and think another thing to add to your “to-do list”, check out how easy and fun the Christmas countdown ideas really are. You will be surprised at how simple they can be and will start enjoying the holiday season with your family.
For the last 6 years we have been doing a Christmas Countdown. I really love it!! It is similar to an Advent calendar but it has my own little twists in it. It is also super easy!! You can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want. It will take a little bit of energy in the beginning to list all of the activities but from there it is a great way to connect with your family through this busy season.
We use a Christmas countdown calendar with numbers in it that I received years ago as a Christmas present. In the last few years I have seen some really amazing ones at Target and other stores.
If you don’t have one – make your own. Use white poster board have the kids draw out 24 shapes. It can be squares, circles or even Christmas Trees and Ornaments. Make it a fun project! When you are ready put Post-It notes on top of the 24 spots. Each day you can remove one and have a new activity. I would suggest writing the activity on the back with pencil and the numbers on the front in marker. If you do not want to purchase supplies be creative and use what you have at home.
This is where a little bit of research comes in. Each town is different and has so many different activities and events. I would start searching the list below.
Start writing down any Christmas/Holiday activities that sound interesting to do with your family. Include the dates and times. After you have completed the list sit down with your family calendar. I have my calendar all set up in our Family Command Center and I sit down with my husband and go through the month.
On a sheet of paper number 1-24 and start filing in things you want to do. I take into account kids after school activities, cost of things, and what works best on weekdays and weekends. Some of the activities we do are not very elaborate. We watch a holiday movie(I usually do a few of these) or color a holiday picture. It is more about making family time.
The activities you choose do not have to be big crazy things. I will do a few larger activities that may cost money but I try to keep this list budget friendly.
To get you started here is our list from last year. Plus a bonus 5 activities if some do not work for your family.
We have done all of these with variations throughout the years. Be flexible with your plan. There are times when something changes and I switch the activities out. I do what works for us. I have also left days blank and filled it in the day or week before.
The goal of this is to connect your family. To take a break from the everyday and enjoy each other. I hope with this list of Christmas countdown ideas you find more time to spend with your family this year and start a new family tradition.