November 16, 2012

Countdown to Christmas!


Last year, I created a set of free Advent Calendar/Holiday Countdown activity printables and it has remained the most popular post on my blog to-date.  

This year, I decided to recreate the set and offer a new 2012 version! 




The 2012 printable set features:

(+) 5.5 pages of advent calendar or holiday countdown CARDS (a few activities have been updated from last year's set). 

(+) The majority of the cards revolve around experiences and family time vs. material gifts

(+) These cards feature a plain background and text, and are designed to be printed and embellished in any way you choose! 

(+) Extra options, allowing you to pick and choose items that are most relevant, or change some cards from year to year.





How can you use these free printable activity cards?

(+) Use them with an existing advent calendar, or countdown calendar

(+) Create your own advent calendar or countdown calendar like these gorgeous options from Marisa at Omiyage.



Option 1: DIY Glam Glassine Advent Calendar Option 2: DIY Kraft + Washi Tape Advent Calendar.  

(+) Use them on their own for fun little activity surprises

(+) Use in combination with small gifts or goodies

(+) Use in any other way you choose! (I would love to see what you do with them!)






Ready for your activity cards?  Of course you are!

(+) Download the template here

(+) Print on heavy cardstock.  I recommend Kraft cardstock (shown here)

(+) Get out your craft supplies: stamps, ink, glitter, washi tape, buttons, add-on embellishments & anything else you choose to decorate your activity cards

(+) Visit my Advent Calendar Series of posts for more inspiration and ideas  

(+) Enjoy!





Terms of Use

Printable files are for personal use only. Please do not distribute the printable file.  I am happy to have you blog about this post, or use photos from this post, but please only do so with proper credit and a link back to this site & post.  



Want more inspiration?
(+) For creative holiday gift ideas, wrapping and card inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards. 

(+) Find beautiful handmade holiday countdown calendars in my shop.

(+) Need inspiration for creative ways to celebrate? Join the 270 + subscribers of my monthly e-mail newsletter Thoughtful Celebrations - with exclusive content not found on the blog. Can't wait to see you there. 

3 comments:

  1. Awesome activity ideas and I love that each card can be embellished after printing. Thank you so much for sharing these!!!

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  2. Is it still possible to access the advent ticket pdf that already has the cards decorated? I LOVE IT! (and boy oh boy would it save me a bunch of time over having to decorate them myself!)

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    1. Hi Marie,
      I'm thinking that you mean the 2011 version of the countdown calendar activities? I've retired that printable BUT a couple of suggestions to make these printables fairly simple:

      - all versions needed to be cut out, so you keep the decorations low-key by pasting the activity cards to festive or holiday themed cardstock.
      - print the activity sheets on red cardstock

      Remember, it doesn't have to be elaborate - it's the thought and time spent together as family that counts the most!

      Alison

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