#GiveTheGiftOf Fun – how to make the Xmas countdown more fun!

December 03, 2015

The countdown to Christmas is always an exciting time but parents know that children can still get impatient waiting for the arrival of the big day, so we've put together some ideas for how to make the Xmas countdown more fun!

Create your own advent calendar
There are lots of creative ideas for DIY advent calendars, but one of our favourites is this charming Father Christmas. All you have to do is print out this free template, hang up the calendar using a piece of string or ribbon, and start adding cotton wall balls to the dates as they pass until his beard is finally complete! Ho ho ho!

Draw the “Twelve Days of Christmas”
Using a good Christmas picture book as inspiration, count down the days by encouraging your child to draw the twelve days of Christmas. Each day can be made into a creative work of art and then they can be displayed together at the end. Our Christmas Time book is great for giving children ideas on how to draw each scene.

Make your own tree decorations for each day
Why not add a personal touch to your tree with homemade tree decorations by adding a new one each day until Christmas. If you have more than one child, they can share the days between them, and they could even write numbers on them. We like these pinecone reindeers, but you could even just use lolly sticks to make a snowflake.

Decorate your own Christmas cards
Spreading some festive cheer is all part of the build up to Christmas and that’s exactly what a homemade Christmas card does. You could even set aside certain days to post your next batch or different days to distribute them around school friends. We thought we would share one of the easiest yet most effective decorating ideas – potato printing!

Read a different Christmas story every night
To heighten the suspense of the most important day of the year approaching, read a different Christmas tale with your children every night. You could end with an up-to-date story such as The Night before Christmas. To ensure you have enough stories to keep you going we would recommend our My Christmas Storybooks bag, which contains eight books, each featuring up to five stories.

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