Let the countdown begin! How many of you remember making paper chains to countdown the days to Christmas? I remember a few back in the day.. made out of red and green construction paper. And how about those advent chocolate calendars? Every little piece of chocolate brings us one day closer to Christmas morning! I love creating fun little traditions like that for my daughter, so this year I set out to make a Christmas countdown with 25 days packed full of fun holiday activities.
I found these advent gift tags by Recollections at Michael’s and decided they would be perfect for our countdown!
Last year I used two canvas boards for our advent calendar. This year, I decided to use my handy dandy DIY chalkboard and hot glued the ribbon to the back. I had some mini clothespins, also from Michael’s, that worked perfectly to hold the gift tags.
If you’re looking for ideas for your advent calendar, check out this post of awesome ideas from Adriel Booker. She has some of the best ideas I’ve seen and even a few I hadn’t even thought of! I planned out our activities for our countdown, tucked the slips of paper inside the tags, added a little “Merry” and our Christmas Countdown Calendar is ready to go!
My daughter loved it instantly and can’t wait to get started on the fun. I was sure to include a few traditions like making Christmas cookies and a gingerbread house. I remember doing these things with my mom as a little girl…somethings you just never out grow. 😉
And while I was out perusing the internet, I found some more great Christmas countdown ideas to share with you! Check out the links below and please if you get to pinning, pin from their page. And while you’re pinning, you can see even more of my favorite advent calendars and Christmas decorating ideas on my Wintertime Pinterest board! Before you go, drop me a line and share … what are some your traditions that you plan for the holidays?
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Creatively Southern Gift Tag Advent Calendar
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