Christmas Countdown “Calendar” {DIY}

I decided to make a Christmas Countdown Calendar for my Oldest Son, Isaac.  Some Advent calendars include treats, toys or small gifts but I decided I would rather create experiences for each day leading up to Christmas.

Why you ask? I was hoping to make a meaningful Christmas decoration as well as create fun activities for us to do during the holiday season.  I remember the holiday season being filled with excitement and anticipation as a child and I want to recreate that for my own children. The month of December is a busy time regardless so I used activities already on our calendar as “the” activity.  The activities range from attending the Christmas parade to baking cookies to decorating his room.


  • Paper Lunch Bags
  • Clothes Pins
  • Twine or rope
  • Card stock for the Advent inserts
  • Markers/Pen
  • Stencil
  • Paint *optional*

Inspiration Photos:

Allison Waken’s Blog (Here)

The Steps

Step 1: Brainstorm 25 wonderful activities to participate in during the month of December.

Step 2: Write each idea down onto paper with a marker.

Step 3: Label each brown paper bag with a number 1 – 25 (days of the month).

Step 4: Insert each paper with an activity into a bag.

Step 5: Choose a great place to hang your brand new Advent calendar and string the sisal rope.

Step 6: Use office clips or clothes pins to hang each bag onto the rope.

Step 7: Step back and ADMIRE.

Step 8: Try and Explain to your 3-year old that you can only open OPEN per day (Isaac: “Just like my vitamins” Mommy: “Yes only one a day like your vitamins”!

Happy Holidays!

After: The Smith Christmas Countdown Calendar!

The supplies

Each bag is filled with a piece of paper with (1) activity to enjoy per day.

I love how this turned out and I LOVED the joy on his face when he had the BIG BOY job of hanging each bag on the rope.

What fun we had :).



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