For the last two years, we have done a Christmas countdown with 25 Christmas books wrapped under the tree. My kids loved unwrapping the books and reading together each day.
This year I wanted to add to the fun!
My daughter has been asking to make a gingerbread house. When we saw the kits at the store, I thought that would be a great item to wrap up and put under the tree to add to the countdown. Then I started thinking of all sorts of other festive things we could add to the countdown to make each day a little more fun during December.
A Christmas Countdown: Unwrap 25 Days of Family Fun
Instructions for creating a fun family gift countdown:
- Gather supplies: 25 books, activities, or special family traditions, some envelopes, wrapping paper, and tape.
- Put a slip of paper with each activity written on it in an envelope or wrap the supplies/ingredients like a gift.
- Attach a countdown tag onto each package or envelope.
- Tuck the envelopes into the branches of the tree and place the wrapped gifts under the tree.
- December will be a little more merry as you unwrap one each day.
Here are some ideas for your countdown this year:
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25: New Pajamas
24: Stationary (free printables) to write letters to Santa
23: The Sweet Smell of Christmas (book)
22: Cocoa and Christmas music
21: Toy Nativity to set out and reenact the story of Jesus’ birth
20: The Littlest Christmas Tree (book)
19:Christmas in the Manger (book)
18:Candy Canes to eat and to decorate the tree
17: A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree (book)
16: A Christmas Story (movie) and popcorn
15: Gingerbread house making kit
14: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (book)
13: Mr. Willoby’s Christmas Tree (book)
12:Envelopes, stamps, and supplies for handmade Christmas cards
11: The Mitten (book)
10: A Charlie Brown Christmas (movie) and Christmas m&ms
9:Fun coloring and activity printouts like these: Dot painting, color/build a snowman activities, cute Christmas coloring pages
8:White paper and scissors for making paper snowflakes. Instructions for pretty snowflake patterns here.
7: Elf (movie) and gum drops
6: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (book and movie)
5:Ornament making supplies
4: The Night Before Christmas (book)
3: Christmas cookie ingredients to make cookies for Santa
2: (Christmas Eve) Song of the stars (book)
1: (Christmas Day) Home Alone (movie) and A Muppet Christmas Carol (movie)
I have planned my countdown so the bigger activities land on days where we will have more time or when my husband will be home to join us.
This doesn’t need to cost a lot. Start with what you have. Over the last few years I have been gathering Christmas books I’ve found at rummage sales. Now I will start to slowly add other fun items.
It can take some time to set this up, but it helps me do all the fun things I hoped to do with my kids during the Christmas season. It minimizes my stress during the busier times of the month because everything is set up and ready to go. Even on a busy/stressful day we can sneak in some holiday cheer.