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Ultimate Guide to Christmas Countdowns

The leaves are quickly falling and the trees becoming bare. It’s likely that you’ve begun to think about how you will celebrate Christmas. Will you use an advent or Christmas countdown? Here are a few of my favorites, plus several excellent resources to aid in the planning process.

Looking for a meaningful way to countdown to Christmas? There is sure to be an idea here for you.


Complete Countdowns with activities-

Great for any age

Gloria: A Christmas Hymn Study A 92-page study of the classic hymns that tell about Jesus’ birth. Where did they come from? What do they mean? We will answer these questions and more as we journey from the Old Testament to the cross. Each hymn includes the story behind the lyrics, sheet music, tin whistle fingerings, copywork, and a study of the Scripture.

Gloria A Christmas Hymn Study. A 92 page study of history, scripture and fun!

Celebrate Jesus is a wonderful resource for any family as they journey together toward that special night in Bethlehem that changed the world. The resource includes recipes and crafts, readings and added links for coloring pages and books. There is also a Scripture study for older students and parents.

Celebrate Jesus

Truth in the Tinsel is what we did last year and we truly enjoyed it. You can read about what we did here and even download a free printable to go along with the journey.

Celebrate Advent with Truth in the Tinsel: Free Printable!

Christmas Countdown Garland with free printables, simple ideas for each day

Christmas Book Advent wrap a book for each day

The Jesse Tree an advent adventure with devotions and ornaments for each day



Preschool or Elementary Children

Truth in the Tinsel crafts, devotions and more for each day

ABC Christmas Countdown an activity for each letter of the alphabet

Advent Clues with meaning a seek and find with Jesus as the prize

The Christmas Angel 

Displays that can adapt to your activities-

photo courtesy of Marthastewart.com


Baby sock Advent calendar

Hanging Advent calendar with printable labels

Advent Pocket calendar

Brown Paper Bag Advent calendar

Countdown Garland

Scrapbook box advent calendar


Ideas and Resources-

20 Christ Centered Christmas Books | Not Consumed

20 Christ Centered Christmas Books

The Sweetest Gift 9 different candy ideas with a Biblical meaning

25 snowflake design printable activity cards

100 activities for your Christmas Countdown

All things simple: list of activities for your advent



Simple displays (No activities included)-

photo courtesy of My Little Mochi

Pocket Advent Calendar

Magnetic countdown

Countdown Wreath with printables

Countdown Clipboard


Looking for more? Check out my Christmas Countdowns pinboard.

So what is your favorite Christmas Countdown? Please share it with us!

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  1. Lindsay says

    We love the Advent books by Arnold Ytreeide. They are from the vantage point of three children around the to e of Christ’s birth. Excellent books, even for the adults.

  2. says

    What a great resource! I will have to share this on Facebook! And I am definitely following your pinboard. My baby is too young now, but I am so excited about using these activities in the future!

  3. says

    Wow! What a great list of resources you have here. I have been busy sharing and pinning already! I especially love the link to Light Em Up. Thanks for sharing ideas to put our attention on the giving!

  4. says

    I have a wooden Advent calendar with drawers that I fill for my son. Each year, I try to come up with something different, creative, and Christ-centered to put in the drawers. A couple years ago, I decided to fill each drawer with a page of an original Christmas story.

    That story has now been refined, illustrated, and published as “The Innkeeper’s Dog.” It’s about Thaniel the Spaniel, the only animal in the stable who missed seeing Baby Jesus. The story tells how Thaniel’s friends and the innkeeper’s son help him feel special and realize all the gifts he has to offer. To order, visit:


    Please note that the purchase price includes a free audio book download.

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