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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

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Christmas Countdown

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 25, 2014 2:04:00 PM

christmas countdown wreathwreathChristmas season begins the day after Thanksgiving for most people, especially children. What kid doesn’t start the countdown as soon as the turkey is cleared away? To ease some of that anticipation, and for your own sanity, make a countdown calendar. Even little ones who are just learning their numbers will have fun checking off the days.

Instead of the usual calendar, or one that includes candy, make a calendar wreath. The good news is you can reuse it year after year.


  • 16” wreath
  • Spool of red/holiday ribbon
  • Red jingle bells
  • Red ornaments
  • Clear ornament
  • Ornament hooks
  • Black and silver permanent markers
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wreathArrange the ribbon around the wreath. Use the wired branches to hold it in place.

You will need a total of 24 bells and ornaments. Write the numbers one through 23 on two sides of each with black marker and silver markers.

wreathHang the ornaments on the wreath with green ornament hooks. You’ll want them to be easy to take off. Since your kids will be removing an ornament each day, you can hang them chronologically or randomly. I like the random idea, so when a few are removed the wreath will still look pretty and decorated.

Christmas Eve is the last day, so give that ornament a special place on the wreath. I attached a clear ornament to the bow and hung it down the middle so the whole family will know which one is December 24.

Topics: Christmas wreath, Christmas countdown, advent calendar, Merri Cvetan