Horray! December 1st is here, which means it's time to start the Christmas countdown! I made this little calendar a couple of years ago. Very simple, but I'll give a little instruction anyway.
* white printer paper
* card stock - 2 solids and 1 patterned
* 25 clothespins
Type numbers 1-25 on your computer - feel free to be creative with the fonts. Print, cut out, and mount on solid cardstock. Repeat with patterned paper, then again on the other solid. Cut a piece of ribbon large enough to fit all your numbers. Tie a little knot at the top, leaving some slack to hang it. Tie another little knot at the bottom. Clothespin your numbers on and flip them over as the days go by.
If you're feeling extra festive, put little messages behind each number. We do small sayings like, "This is the time of year to share - go look for something behind the chair!" Then, of course, there is something like an ornament for the tree or an edible treat hidden behind the chair. It makes it more fun to wait for the big day on the 25th!