November 24, 2010

The SPOUSE Christmas Countdown


Are you ready for the hustle & bustle of Christmas to begin?? Oooohhh…I am!  I absolutely LOVE Christmas time!!  *sigh*  OK….”observation time” – I feel that when the Christmas season hits, we usually tend to focus more on the kids, don’t you agree??  Of course, the wonder and joy on their faces when they experience a FABULOUS Christmas definitely HELPS. {lol}If you want to make sure your spouse knows how much you adore him/her during THIS holiday season and doesn’t feel neglected, have I got an idea for you!  Cuz ya know, Christmas isn’t JUST for the little ones! ☺

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A few years ago, I decided I wanted my husband to have something FUN to look forward to when December hit, I created the FIRST set of “Jamie’s Christmas Countdown”. Twenty-five days of L.O.V.E. just for him!  I am going to show you my original Countdown and if you are SUPER busy, {Who isn’t, right?!?} there is a “quick” version that you can instantly download!   :)

I grabbed a spool of beautiful cherry red ribbon, 25 clothespins, and some removable clips that you can put on your walls without ruining them.   They are pretty cheap and you can purchase them anywhere – I got mine at Walmart. I then sat down and numbered a piece of paper from 1-25 to represent the 25 days in December leading up to Christmas and went to town planning my countdown!  I put stars next to the nights that were Fridays & Saturdays, since those were the nights that I KNEW we would have time to either do a date night or stay up late.  Next to each number I wrote one of three things:

  • A Compliment – something I LOVED about him {this made up 2/3 of the countdown}
  • A Service something I was going to do for him{this was HALF of the last 1/3 of the countdown}
  • A FUN Christmas Activity – something we could go and do together – having to do with the season {this made up the remaining HALF of the last 1/3 of the countdown}

I made sure that they were ALL mixed up.  BTW – don’t try to book every last weekend as things will come up, so make sure your schedule is flexible!  Also – HE might secretly be planning fun things for you, so make sure to keep some of your weekend nights open.  I would let him know in advance what particular nights you have “set” plans, just mark put a heart on those days on your family calendar & tell him that those are nights he should keep open.

I typed up all of my different cards & scrapbooked each one.  I went overboard that year and decided to do them ALL different themes/colors/sizes.  Yep, I was crazy… in love!  

Here are a few of the “Compliment” cards:

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Make sure you take this opportunity to point out to your spouse ALL of the wonderful things that you love about him/her! You can NEVER compliment a person too much!! Let them know how much you adore the funny quirks that only YOU know about! :) Feel free to throw some of your inside jokes on the cards! I definitely threw in my share! I had so much fun reflecting on our years together and jotting down the things I loved about him.

NEXT – the “Service” cards!

Here’s an example of one of mine:

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One night he came home to a trail of rose petals leading to our Master Bathtub where a candlelit bubble bath waited.  {Wink}  …thus the term “bubbly”….

Think about things your spouse would REALLY enjoy and then use those as your “service” cards! For example, my husband LOVES back scratches and I give super “wimpy” ones… or so he says. :) In my defense, uhhhhh… ok, so I AM a wimp! {lol} Anyway, I promised to give him an AMAZING backrub! I also don’t love to cook, so I made the ultimate sacrifice and told him I would create ANY dessert he wanted. {That was a HUGEsacrifice on my part… and do you know what he “ordered”?? Apple pie! You better believe I made it from scratch! Longest five hours of my life. J/K…maybe it only took me three?!?}

You get my point, right? Remember that December is going to be a CRAZY busy month for you… so don’t promise anything you can’t deliver on! :) LAST but not least are the actual FUN Christmas activities that you will do together. I chose to keep them all a secret and use the cards as “teasers”.

Here are a few of mine:

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Some other activities I planned for us was a Christmas “Movie-a-thon” & watching all of our FAVs while eating our favorite Christmas treats, checking out the lights at Temple Square {this was when we lived in Utah}, planning a night under the stars {we camped out by the Christmas Tree on a blow-up mattress}, going to the Festival of Trees with his family, etc.  They don’t ALL have to be Christmas-related!  We had an entire night of Wii games. There are SO many fun Christmas things you can do together!  This is where you can also involve the whole family!  Have a “make a gingerbread house” night or decorate Christmas cookies or go caroling to your neighbors.  Just make sure they are all activities that he {or she} would enjoy!  THEN – you, of course, need to end the Countdown with a LOVE note!!

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Now – if you are thinking… TARA!! Are you crazy?!? When am I going to find time to scrapbook 25 cards?? No worries! I found a pre-made cute Christmas notecard that you can download to use for YOUR cards. Just So Scrappy has super cute digiscrapbooking kits. She created a FREE {ooooohhhh…and we LOVE free….} download that would be perfect for this countdown idea! Just right-click on the image below & drop it into a Word Doc to resize it to be ANY size you would like! I would suggest printing these on white cardstock, as they are in color. Cut them out and if you would like to make them “pop,” adhere them to Christmas-colored paper.


I also typed up the numbers #1-25 in my FAVORITE font that you can download & cut apart. THEN – instead of putting your cards in an envelope, just flip them over and adhere the numbers on the back. Click HERE for that free printable. Voila!  You are done!

Oh yeah, don’t forget to jot the actual “script” on each card!   :)

I then put up the removeable hooks in our entryway, strung the festive ribbon along it, and clothespinned the cards up.  It looked FAB-U-LOUS!!

I made sure to put it up the last day of November before he got home from work.  He was extremely surprised to come home to this and was SO excited when I explained that he would get to read one each morning for the entire month of December!

If you still have children at home, you can involve them by letting them “help” Daddy read his card each morning.  You could make this countdown something for the whole family but in my humble opinion, I think your spouse would be pretty touched if you did this JUST for him/her!!

.…AND….this was one of our most “commented on” Christmas decor!!  All of our friends and family LOVED not only the idea behind this but also how festive it was and how it completely dressed up our entryway!   :) Have fun creating your OWN Christmas Countdown!

Update: New for 2014!

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We know how much you all loved this DIY crafty countdown… that’s why we’ve created a printable version just for YOU! Visit our post: Christmas Countdowns Printable Packs for the full scoop on how to create a gorgeous Christmas advent for your sweetie! The best part? We’ve designed not just 1, but 2 countdowns!

In addition to a special banner for just your spouse, we’ve created a DIY countdown for the WHOLE FAMILY!

Start creating cherished Christmas memories today!

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106 Responses to “The SPOUSE Christmas Countdown”

  1. Karen Gruber says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I just finished my version on Christmas postcards and am sooo excited to put it up. My husband is going to be blown away that this is just for him–what an awesome and super fun idea!!!

  2. I just made this for my husband and he’ll get to see it tonight when he gets home! Such an Awesome idea! thank you so much for posting! I wish I could share a photo!

  3. Jen says:

    I just finished my countdown for my husband!! I will be putting it up tonight for him, I can’t wait!! Thanks for this great idea.

  4. Just found this and I still have time…love your site and concept. Marriage should remain a priority, and I love that I have found some more inspiration!! :)

  5. Lynn says:

    Pregnant and tired, and just found this, but think the hubby would love to know he is the focus of my attention since everyone else always asks him about me and the baby. I will be modifying it to a Twelve Days of Christmas to make it more manageable for this year :)

  6. Donna Carlino says:

    Found this right after Thanksgiving. Got to work. I am homebound so putting date nights & outings wouldn’t work. So I made 25 envelopes filled each with a card each a love quote or love poem all singing my love & appreciation for my husband. Tonight he will open day 6. He has absolutely loved it!!! Says he will keep them forever. Also says it was the best Christmas present present he could get. Thank you so much for the alternative to ordering a present on line.

  7. Jeni says:

    I did this for my sweet guy this year. He’s pretty amazing and has taken on a lot with me since I already had three sons from a previous marriage. He’s amazing with them and we definitely focus most of our attention on them this time of year. Since I am a full time college student my budget is limited at best. I wanted him to know how much he means to me on a daily basis and I thought this was perfect. At first I wasn’t sure how excited he was but a couple of days ago after checking his card for the day (it was a compliment one) he came over to me hugged me and said I sure do love you. He tells me that a lot so I teasingly replied oh really what did I do now? He said- all of this. You sure know how to make a guy’s soul to feel good. It is working! I’m so excited that I could do something to make him feel good. He hasn’t even gotten to this weekend when we will be home alone! 😉 thanks for the fantastic idea!

  8. Briana says:

    I’m going to do this for my husband but I’m going to hang it in his office at work! I know he will love it!

  9. Jilly says:

    I am so pumped about this idea! I loved someone’s suggestion because we have a 4yo and an infant, so we have A LOT of days taken up by activities with them. The twelve days still let’s me do this, focus on our young children as he would want as well and add the mystique of when those 12 will bring a card!

  10. CCNew says:

    Came across your idea this morning as I was looking for Holiday ideas. My sweetie and I will be having our 26th Christmas together this year. Our kids are still young so the holidays are def all about them which we love.
    But I’m in love with your idea of making my husband feel extra special too.
    Its so easy to get caught up in all of the craziness and forget about taking a little one-on-one time (which is what we all need most this time of year-especially!!).
    Thank you THANK YOU for the idea and reminder!

  11. Debbie says:

    I also LOVE the font that is used for the numbers 1-25. Can you tell me the name of it and where you got it from?

  12. Heidi says:

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE this idea and wrote about it on my blog a year ago, referencing this blog. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Tara Tara says:

      I am so glad you love this! It’s such a fun way to make sure your sweetheart feels special and to create even more treasured memories. XOXO

  13. Brittany says:

    Oh my gosh! I just got this in today’s email, I knew that I could count on you ladies to come up with something. It’s just my husband and I so I needed an advent calendar that was for adults. I didn’t see this last year. But I plan on combining this with your naughty stocking that we did last year. Thank you so such, ya’ll saved the day!

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