This Christmas countdown coloring calendar is one simple way to build anticipation for my favorite holiday. Along with the coloring calendar, I am going to provide activity ideas associated with the picture for each day for those who want to take the advent concept to the next level.
Christmas Countdown Coloring Calendar
Also provided is a blank Christmas countdown calendar in case you want to draw your own drawings or add activities to each square.
As mentioned, I want to provide some activity ideas that go along with this coloring calendar. I know how busy we can all get around the holidays, and the last thing I want is for this to be another pressure. The coloring part is super simple if you want to utilize it that way.
However, I know there are some that want to keep their little ones busy and love the anticipation of something fun to do each day.
Because we can set out great goals but then feel like we aren’t achieving them, one way to take the pressure off is to say to your kids, “A handful of these coloring days come with a special activity. I won’t tell you ahead of which ones they are, but know that we will be doing special activities associated with this coloring sheet.”
I will provide multiple ideas for each day so you have things from which to choose.
With that kind of introduction, the calendar is a win. If you do three activities, great. If you do 25, great. The calendar becomes a no-pressure resource of fun things to do with your kids. It won’t be like the pressure to move that elf around your house every single day.
I also want to add that I am a Christian, and I know I have many believers in my audience. I will be providing some Christ-centered activities in this round-up of ideas for your Christmas countdown coloring calendar.
Advent Countdown Calendar Ideas
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Day 1: Christmas Cookies
- Bake and decorate homemade cookies. – Try these lemon flavored sugar cookies.
- Bake and decorate store bought cookies. – Not into baking? No shame in grabbing store-made dough.
- Decorate cookie kit cookies. – Don’t want to bake at all? Try a cookie decorating kit, like this kit using frosting, or follow the coloring theme this kit using edible pens.
- Deliver cookies to your neighbors.
Day 2: Hot Chocolate
- Make homemade hot chocolate – This salted caramel hot chocolate is so good!
- Make snowman hot chocolate like this.
- Give a hot chocolate gift to a neighbor or friend to spread the love.
- Make hot chocolate reindeer cones.
- Keep it simple and just drink store bought hot chocolate.
Day 3: Snow Boots
- Take a winter walk.
- Go find snow.
- Make a torn paper boot craft.
- Do a winter walk scaventer hunt like this.
Day 4: Ice Skating
Day 5: Make a List
- Make your Christmas list.
- Go shopping for someone else’s Christmas list.
- Print out a Christmas list guide and fill it out.
Day 6: Angel
- Do an angel craft like this, this, or this.
- Read verses about the angels in the Bible.
- Read about the shephards being visited.
- Read an angel related Christmas book like this.
Day 7: Candle
- Read Bible verses about light.
- Make your own modern advent “wreath.” You’ll be a little behind, but that is OK. It’s easy to catch up.
- Make your own DIY luminaries. This one is Thanksgiving, but it can be easily adapted for Christmas by choosing different words.
- Do a fun candle craft.
Day 8: Christmas Stories
- Read the Christmas story from the Bible.
- Read Christian Christmas stories like this one or this one.
- Read holiday stories like this one or this one.
- Do a Christmas “I Spy” book.
- Read a “Treasury of Christmas Miracles” together. Note: I have not read it, but it gets high reviews.
- Have kids write and illustrate their own Christmas story, or on write together.
Day 9: Ornaments
- Make homemade ornaments like this one or this one.
- Buy an ornament kit like this one or this one.
- Make ornaments for neighbors. Invite them to church.
- Grab a tag from your church’s giving tree, and go shopping for a child in need. Don’t have a church giving tree? Why not start the concept?
Day 10: Christmas Baking
- Make Christmas baked good like this, this, or this.
- Have a Christmas breakfast like this or this.
- Deliver baked good to neighbors.
- Go out on a Christmas treat date.
Day 11: Snowmen
- Build a snowman.
- Do a snowman craft. There are a bunch of snowman craft ideas here.
- Watch “Frosty the Snowman.”
- Drink snoman hot chocolate.
- Make a snowman cake or snowman cupcakes.
Day 12: Christmas Tree
- Do a Christmas tree craft like this or this.
- Have Christmas tree pancakes like this or this.
- Go get and decorate your Christmas tree (You haven’t done that yet?).
- Read “The Tale of Three Trees.”
Day 13: Christmas Boughs
- Go cut down some boughs to decorate with,.
- Make a twig tree Christmas ornament.
- Do Christmas crafts using natural elements like the ones you find here.
Day 14: Snowflakes
- Make Snowflakes.
- Make cinnamon and sugar tortilla snowflakes for a treat.
- Make a snowflake craft like this or this.
- Make snow cream.
Day 15: Wreath
- Make a homemade Christmas wreath. Here are some Dollar Store wreath ideas.
- Read-up on the meaning behind the Christmas wreath here.
- Make a toilet paper roll Christmas wreath.
- Buy a wreath for a neighbor or friend.
Day 16: Christmas Caroling
- Go Christmas Caroling
- Spend the whole day listening to Christmas music.
- Do a Christmas carol word search
- Play Christmas Songs Pictionary
Day 17: Fire
- Make a Fire
- Make a Bonfire
- Do a fireplace Chrisstmas craft like this or this.
- Make Christmas S’Mores like this or this.
Day 18: Bells
Day 19: Stockings
- Do a Christmas stocking craft like this or this.
- Teach your kids to sew a Christmas stocking.
- Shop together for stocking stuffers.
- Make your own edible “coal” for stockings.
Day 20: Christmas Lights
- Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
- Go to a local light display in your own town or city.
- Find out if someone in your neighborhood has a choreographedChristmas light show that is synchronized to music broadcast over radio so you can listen from your car. See what I’m talking about here.
- Make Christmas light cookies.
- Do a Christmas light craft like this or this.
Day 21: Gingerbread
- Decorate a gingerbread house.
- Make and Decorate gingerbread cookies using traditional gingerbread man cutouts, or I love this nativity version. Make it easy by buying a gingerbread cookie kit.
- Do a gingerbread man craft.
Day 22: Christmas Sweets
- Take Christmas candy to neighbors.
- Do this candy cane craft.
- Make candy cane pepppermint bark.
- Make candy cane reindeers.
Day 23: Christmas Letters
- Make your Christmas cards to your neighbors and invite them to church.
- Write Christmas cards and deliver them to a retirement community or hospital.
Day 24: Christmas Miracles
- Talk with your kids about all the Christmas miracles involved in the story of Christmas (I have not read this article).
- Watch “Miracle on 34th Street.”
- Read “The Christmas Miracle” with your kids.
Day 25: Christmas!
Merry Christmas. Just enjoy your day with your family. Wanting a few lazy-day Christmas ideas?
- Do a Christmas puzzle.
- Play Games
- Have Jesus arrive in your nativity scene.
- Watch Christmas movies
- Stay in your pajamas all day.
We made it. 25 days of Christmas calendar coloring and Christmas ideas leading up to this very special day. I am hoping your family can utilize this free Christmas resource to bring a bit more fun into the season.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!