Countdown to Christmas Ideas

by Maurianne Dunn
Countdown to Christmas Ideas

Nothing quite compares to the nervous excitement of the days leading up to Christmas. As I was growing up, my family hung a large advent calendar prominently in our living room. The calendar included a Christmas tree and a stable, and starting on December 1, my siblings and I would take turns each morning putting items from each numbered pocket onto the tree or stable. This continued until the scene was complete on Christmas Eve with baby Jesus in the manger. I still like to hang an advent calendar in my home to count down the days until Christmas. I designed the calendar after the one I had when I was young.

In the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, we showed you five cool advent-calendar projects you can create at home to count down during the holidays. Check out these additional beautiful advent projects you can easily duplicate in your home!


Christmas Countdown Banner by Cindy Tobey. Supplies: Software: Microsoft Word 2007; Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: American Crafts (green stripe), Bo-Bunny Press (red dot and green dot) and Scenic Route (red/cream pattern); Rub-ons: Luxe Designs; Ribbon: Mrs. Grossman’s; Number stickers: American Crafts (white), Making Memories (black); Chipboard: Provo Craft (stars) and Technique Tuesday (scallop circles); Bells: Hobby Lobby; Clip: 7gypsies; Decorative paper strips: Doodlebug Design; Thread: Gutermann; Font: LD Telegram,; Other: Jump rings and tags.

Cindy created an advent project that doubles as wall decor for Christmas. You could hang this banner as a garland in front of the fireplace, above a wide doorway or down low so the kids can move the countdown marker each day! Along with counting down the days, this project includes  a pocket with something fun to do that day, such as “make cookies,” “go sledding,” “sing Christmas carols,” or “build a snowman.”










The 12 Days of Christmas by Linda Habisreutinger. Supplies: Software: Adobe Photoshop CS; Glitter frames: Frosted by Michelle Coleman,; Alphabet: Hand Stamped Alpha by Michelle Coleman,; Fonts: Bliss and Susie’s Hand, Internet; Other: Cardstock.

Create an advent album with your own “12 days of Christmas” countdown. Lisa completed hers with different memories that her family enjoys throughout the holiday season. Make a list of 12 holiday memories and turn them into an advent album!

This article was featured in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


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