Christmas Countdown Paper Chain

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (not that we don’t love it), everyone  can start gearing up for Christmas. Yes, some of you started months ago but now it’s “official.” Kids and adults are already counting down the days, but we’ve found a way to make it more fun and exciting. This Christmas countdown printable paper chain lets you celebrate a little bit of Christmas every day. The ideas are festive, simple yet creative, and fun for all ages. To make it as easy as possible, we’ve provided some ideas, free printables, and links for you to explore. The hardest part will be choosing what you want to do! This chain is sure to be a family favorite!

Recommended Books and Movies to Share

Lasting memories start with quiet evenings, holiday movies or books, hot cocoa, cozy blankets, and Christmas lights. Read or watch your favorites, and add a few new ones to the mix. Here are some that we love!

The Candy Cane Story

The Nativity Story (movie)

Star of Bethlehem (movie)

A Christmas Carol (book or movie)

The Nutcracker (book or movie)

Check this link out for more books, and this link for more movies. There are so many fun options, it’ll be easy to find something for everyone.

Recipes for Yummy Treats

What’s Christmas without cookies and treats? Whether you’re making something as a gift or to keep, this list will give you plenty of options.

Reindeer Chow:  This salty and sweet mix is perfect for parties or a movie night.

Grinch Popcorn: Green popcorn, marshmallows, and red candies will fill anyone with Christmas spirit.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Use pretzel rods or traditional twists, either way they’ll be special when covered in chocolate and sprinkles.

Sugar Cookies: Here’s the obligatory sugar cookie recipe. Love them or hate them, it’s not the same without them.

Fudge: Another tradition, this recipe is easy and almost fool-proof.

Hot Cocoa: It’s fine if you want to stick with store-bought hot chocolate- it still tastes great!- but it’s just as easy to make it at home. You probably have the ingredients on-hand!

Homemade Marshmallows: A simple recipe bound to impress everyone.

Mulled Cider: Fill your home with the warmth of cinnamon, apple, and clove.

Check out this link for more cute ideas! Want to avoid the sugar and junk? Try these low-carb or whole food recipes instead!

 

Crafts for Creativity

There’s nothing cuter than seeing a child’s hard work hanging from the window or on the wall. Homemade ornaments and crafts can make great gifts, too. Of course, kids aren’t the only ones that love to create, so there’s also a few ideas in here for the more experienced.

Snowflakes: These can be intricate or simple; glittered, colored, or plain. Old and young can have fun making one-of-a-kind snowflakes.

Wreath: Make a few for gifts, or keep for yourself. Here is a list of simple, DIY wreaths to try out.

EasyPeasyandFun: This link has tons of cute Christmas craft ideas for kids, including free coloring printables.

GoodHousekeeping: Festive ideas for those of you that love to refurbish.

Homemade Christmas Cards: Fun and special for those you love.

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Cater each gift towards the person while letting your own personality show. Be sure to check out how we (Felicia) celebrate with homemade gifts!

 

Activities for the Season

Explore God’s creation with a winter nature walk with this fun scavenger hunt  or these themed walk ideas.

Go get the Christmas tree if you are into real trees. Read about the first Christmas tree.

Enjoy an indoor “snowball” fight or go outside if you have real snow.

Build a snowman, real or not.

Play games like Apples to Apples or Charades. 

Just remember to have fun, spend time together as a family, and keep your focus on Jesus during this year’s Christmas countdown.

Countdown Christmas Paper Chain

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