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!

Christmas Countdowns Printable Pack Bundle

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. Reagan says:

    This is a fab idea. My DH will love it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kiirst says:

    Two words. FREAKIN'. AWESOME. You are so talented and creative, and it is so apparent how much you love your hubby! Thanks for your all your hard work creating this so we can easily download it and make such an awesome memory and tradition too! You ROCK (and girl, you are NOT WIMPY! You often carry the world on your shoulders.) Love ya!!!

  3. Kari says:

    WOW, Tara! This is amazing!! I am so excited to do this one for my hubby!! He will SO love it. And thank you for all the free printables. This looked like a lot of work for you superwoman. Thank you!!

  4. Scraptastic Mel x says:

    This is a fab idea. We did something similar last year but took it in turns of buying the pressies and writing the notes. It made it really special.

  5. Emily Joyce says:

    This would be perfect for my hubby's and my first Christmas together!

  6. Erika says:

    Love love love this! Thank you so much for making it so easy for us to recreate!

  7. When Pigs Fly says:

    What a great idea! I love all of your ideas. Over from Blog Frog. I'm going to bookmark you gals.

  8. Jen says:

    LOVE THIS IDEA! Been married 18 years and looking for some ways to spice up our holiday celebration. Thank you so so much! And the free downloads are the motivation I need to get this done for this Christmas!

  9. Lindsey says:

    I love this idea and am excited to try it. I'm embarrassed to say (maybe I'm not reading it right) but I thought it said you had a "quick" version available to download. I can't find it. Help! Thanks. :)


  10. Tara says:

    @Lindsey – it's on Just So Scrappy's website. I didn't create the quick version….I just found it. Click on her link to be sent to that post & scroll to the bottom for the free download. You can insert that png file into a word document and resize it to any size you would like. :)

  11. amybyrd says:

    Tara–is just the card design a free download–I couldn't find the countdown sayings? And a random question–what is the font you used–I am trying to make mine in Elements and love the dotted font!

  12. Tara says:

    @Amy Byrd – Yes….just the card design is the free download. I also included a free download that I created….which are just the numbers #1-25 with the words, "The Christmas Countdown"….these are to adhere to the back of the cards you make. I didn't create the actual thing you write to your spouse since I am assuming every person would want to say/do something different for their spouse….but you can get a lot of ideas from the pictures above. Good luck! :) Your man is gonna love it!

    P.S. The font is DJ Bumble, I think….it's a font I purchased from DJ Inkers.

  13. amybyrd says:

    Thanks so much–going to hope for some downtime tomorrow night with the baby to get it done!

  14. amybyrd says:

    Got mine done in the nick of time–here is my blog post

  15. Cathy says:

    Great idea! I have it made and hanging up. A few of them are still blank, but he has no idea. My husbands so excited, because he thinks they are going to tell him what his presents are. I guess in a way he is right! Thanks so much!

  16. Michelle says:

    I can tell I have a lot of reading to do over here. It’s not too early for Christmas. Is it ever?

  17. Jennifer says:

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it! just wish the printables would work. It says the link won’t work. :-(

  18. Shelagh says:

    Blown away!! Love it, I am always trying to find “cute” ways to say and show him how much he means to me!! Thank you!

  19. Alexis says:

    I LOVE this idea! This is exactly what my husband needs. He works so hard so that I can stay home with our baby and he’s been feeling a little neglected lately. I’m going to get started now!

  20. Laura McMullin says:

    I did this last year and WE loved it. It was wonderful to see the joy he got from it. So guess what doing it agian this year. Now the next couple days up late working on it, because I waited until last minute agian

  21. Melissa R. says:

    This is an a completely awesome idea filled with love. My husband and I have been stuck in a rutt lately. The fire and passion cease to exist! Hopefully, this will help rekindle some of the romance we are missing. Thank you :)

    • Tara Tara says:

      Awww, thanks for the sweet comment, Melissa! It was sure fun to make for him! Hope this helps make Christmas a little more special this year! XOXO, Tara

  22. Patti says:

    I just discovered your site tonight and love it I wish I had discovered your site sooner. Thinking I may change this to the 12 days of Christmas for hubby since the 1st is almost over. What an amazing site so many great ideas.

  23. I love this! Wonderful idea! I’m posting about it on my blog today. Found it thanks to Pinterest. 😉

    Merry Christmas ~

  24. christy bray says:

    tara, and i thought i was the only one that said “love you mostest!” =) can’t wait to do this for this upcoming Christmas. my girls are 12th and 10th grades and they are good back scratchers and head rubbers too. =) they will love helping me with this. thank you for the great inspiration. =)

  25. Cari says:

    This is great! I am so excited to try it this year with my hubby!

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