Nov 29, 2017

Free Printable Countdown-In-A-Box Advent Calendar

Yesterday morning on Instagram, I posted a quick peek at the holiday care package I'm sending to my son who is away at college all the way in Montana.

When he was home for Thanksgiving last week, he told me something he missed the most about being home during the month of December was our advent calendar. The joy and suspense of counting down to Christmas, with little treats along the way.

So I whipped up a quick DIY countdown-in-a-box to send his way.


I decorated a white shoe box, wrote one encouraging note per day (including favorite Christmas memories), and sprinkled a few quirky coordinating goodies to open on certain specific numbered days.

OH wow did my Insta pals love that! So I thought I'd share a printable to help ya'll make your own Christmas Countdown Box, either for kids away at school, or for your family at home.




This download includes:

  • 24 countdown labels that can be printed and attached to notes or small gifts. You can use sticker paper, or just cut and paste. 
  • 1 full countdown sheet, where they can cross off each day that passes
  • 2 pages of note cards (8) with cheerful phrases with room for notes on the back.

Download Printable Countdown in a Box Advent Calendar


PS. It's totally okay if you mail it and it gets there after Dec 1. That just means they get to open a few notes on the day it arrives... which is not the worst thing in the world. Or, a great idea from my friend Beth, make it the 12 Days of Christmas!


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