Can you believe that it’s December? Last night, I almost panicked when I realized that I hadn’t printed out our Advent/Countdown Calendar… I know it’s not THAT big of a deal, but it’s one of my favorite Christmas time activities. When we were little, we had a cloth calendar with pockets. My mom would tuck a treat in each pocket and a little bear marker was moved each day.
Last year, we did something a little different with our countdown. What was supposed to be 25 days of love notes to my sweet husband became overwhelming… so FMG took the even days and I took the odd numbered days and we wrote each other a love note, affirmation, compliment or a little something funny to each other. I loved getting to read my notes on my days and waiting for his reaction on his days.
We decided to add activities into the mix this year – date nights, movies, cooking together. The beauty of this printable is that it is totally “customizable” to your family. Your kiddos could write notes, Mom and dad could leave notes, an activity a day, a book a day, an act of service a day, or a mix! The best part? You literally don’t need any special supplies. Just a printer and some paper. I love the super cute ones I see everywhere (ahem, Pinterest) with the jars, and bags, and … but, as you can see, I just can’t get it together to put one together!
I couldn’t decide what look I wanted, so I created four – so take your pick and print a set! The three sets at the bottom with no numbers can be used as placeholders. Each card is just shy of being 3×4 inches – I wanted to be able to slip them into a Project Life layout page and keep them. Design F has 10 vertical 3×4 spots – perfect for keeping these little notes. I literally taped the numbered cards to the chalkboard wall in our kitchen and will replace each day with a filler card. It would be cute to hang them with baker’s twine or garland and clothes pins or with magnets on the fridge. Also, if you’re counting down – just reverse the numbers!
Click on the text below the image to download. Each numbered set contains 24 cards (1-24) and the place holder pages are individual – print as needed!
Oh, Deer – Numbered
Oh, Deer – Place Holder
(These graphics are courtesy of We Lived Happily Ever After Blog)
Mint & Gold Glitter
Ornament Place Holder
Chevron & Ornament Placeholder
(Chevron and Ornament courtesy of Smitten Blog Designs)