Christmas Countdown Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love

Christmas countdown ideas for kids and families including free printables, kindness activities, and more!

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One of the most exciting parts of the year is the countdown to Christmas. Getting ready for the holiday with special adventures and surprises is part of the magic of Christmas, especially for kids.

Are you looking for Christmas countdown ideas for your family? I have lots of fun ways for you to spread Christmas kindness, along with free printables and activities to make the countdown to Christmas special this year.

Christmas Countdown Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love

The best part about these Christmas countdown ideas is that you don't have to choose just one! You can make a printable countdown calendar for each child, and choose a Christmas kindness activity for the whole family. Mix and match your favorites to create your own special holiday tradition.

Free Printable Christmas Countdown Calendars

If you're hearing "how many days until Christmas?" first thing each morning then you need a Christmas Countdown calendar. We've used this DIY Christmas Countdown Sign for years, and the best part is that you can start as early as you want!

My kids love interactive countdown calendars and this year I have one for each of them. Get the Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar here or the Snowman Christmas Countdown Calendar here.

Countdown with Christmas Kindness

Including kindness activities is an important part of the holiday season for our family. Our DIY Christmas Kindness Jar is a really simple and lovely way to countdown to Christmas with random acts of kindness.

We're also big fans of the North Pole Ninjas. They are kinder alternatives to the Elf on the Shelf (and they are pretty cuddly too!). See more here.

Christmas Activity Countdown Ideas

Keeping the kids busy is key to surviving the countdown to Christmas. These fun activity countdown ideas will do just that!

Setting up a simple DIY Christmas activity countdown just requires a few greeting cards, a ribbon, and clothespins. See how we use it for Christmas week here.

Or, grab my free printable Christmas activity paper chain with 48 fun activities to keep your kids busy from Thanksgiving to Christmas! Get it here.

And you can start a Christmas Book a Day tradition: we don't wrap ours as some people do, but we keep them out all season long and choose one to read each night.

Get awesome tips on how to make a book advent calendar here.

See some of my favorite Christmas books for kids below:

Buying kids' books can get expensive fast, so you can always hit up the library, or grab a free 30 day trial subscription to Epic! and have all the Christmas kids books you could want at your fingertips instantly. Check it out here!

Keep Track of Your Christmas Countdown and More

Are you stressing about getting ready for Christmas? You don't have to!

I want to help you get organized so you can actually enjoy your holiday instead of stressing over to do lists and last minute surprises.

My Christmas Planner is the ultimate tool to organize your holiday schedules, plan your budget, coordinate your holiday parties and dinners, and feel more in control, less stressed, and ready to enjoy the holiday. 

Check out the printable version here, with extra covers, dividers, and a set of planner stickers! Or grab the paperback version on Amazon here.

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Count the days until Christmas with these fun Christmas countdown ideas! Includes free printable Christmas countdown calendars, DIY Christmas countdowns, random acts of kindness ideas, and Christmas activities for kids. Perfect for advent calendars and advent activities too. #christmascountdown #advent #adventcalendar #Christmas

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