We've tried out a few different kinds of countdown to Christmas ideas over the years. I have some of the blocks I made from a Pick Your Plum project. Last year I wrapped 25 Christmas books that we counted down by opening one each night. This year we are doing 3 countdowns each day (I have 3 children so this way they each get to "do" something everyday). Here's our 3 countdowns this year:
The Traditional Advent via Magnetic Plate:
I got this as a gift from my friend a few years ago and it's a favorite every year. This is a wonderful craft project. It's made from a large plain plate, adding vinyl, hot glue ribbon to the back, and find a cute magnet. One of my kids gets to move the present each day- closer and closer to Christmas!
This year I decided to add an activity countdown. I really wanted the whole thing to be service project countdown and do a different service project each day, but my kids are little and I realized that there's no way I could get that much done since many of the service projects require a lot of advance planning, prep, and cost. So, I included the service projects and added other fun activities for us to do all month long. So each morning after moving the day counter (above), another child would pull the tag off the wall with our Christmas activity for that day. Depending on the day, it would be completed after school or in the evening. I kept these 2 advents on our stair landing where we each pass it several times a day.
Here's a sneak peek at my advent wall hanging pockets. I will have this done for our activity countdown next year!
The Book & Scripture Countdown:
Last year I wrapped
all of the Christmas books and they got to unwrap one each day. While
this was fun, the kids didn't get to enjoy many of our Christmas books
until they got unwrapped. So this year I didn't wrap them. I simple
put a label on each with their number and also included a scripture
about Christ. I put them in a special basket by our Christmas tree.
I'm totally fine if they want to read the stories during their own
reading time, we would just read the designated Christmas Book each
night but they still got to read many of their favorite books over and
over during the month. We'd also read the designated scripture about
Christ each night so it would help us keep our thoughts focused on the
'reason for the season'. The kids look forward to our Book time each
night before bed. The 3rd child would get to pull the book from the basket and help look up the scripture.