Countdown to God’s Greatest Gift

The anticipation of Christmas is half the fun of the holiday season. As a family, create a countdown to celebrate Jesus as God’s greatest gift. Make one geared specifically towards your family this year. Here is a simple version you can make together, or you can create your own from ideas you can find online. Decide if you will be making one countdown for the whole family or one for each family member.

Supplies (for one calendar)

  • 24 Envelopes, small bags or any small vessel
  • 24 treats, encouraging notes or small toys
  • Pens, crayons, markers, stickers
  • Yarn
  • Stapler


Have the entire family help decorate your envelopes and number them 1 through 24. Once they are all decorated, place a note, treat, or toy in each envelope and seal it. Next staple it to a length of yarn and hang up like a garland somewhere special in your home. Then open one envelope a day as you countdown to Christmas, remembering that Jesus is God’s greatest gift.