Advent calendars have become such a HUGE part of Christmas these days – have you noticed? We’ve tried several variations over the years from our DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Advent Calendar and our Family Activities Advent Calendar to LEGO Advent and our Reading Advent Calendar
This year, though, with three kids including a 7 month old, I’m opting to go the super simple route. This free printable Christmas Joke countdown will take zero effort from me once it’s up and I can feel great about that because I know S and C will absolutely adore it. At ages 6 and 4, they just can’t get enough puns and knock-knock jokes.
Print your free calendar using the link below and you’ll be all set for December. Here’s our contributor MJ with the details…
The countdown to Christmas is one of the most magical times of year in our house and every day leading up to the 25th feels like a day worth celebrating.
This year we figured, why not take something as charming as lunchbox jokes and turn them into a fun way to laugh together throughout the season?
To make the simple Advent calendar:
- use the link below to print out the three pages of red and green ornaments.
- Cut these out and hole punch the top circle of each number.
- Cut out the jokes and glue one to the back of each ornament.
- For our calendar tree, we used floral wire to string the numbered ornaments on and added gold washi tape to hold both ends. The wire allows some space from the wall or poster board for kids to flip over the ornament and reveal the joke.
Hang your calendar as a long banner over the mantle or add them to a large wreath. Using a few Christmas details like ribbon and wrap, your children can easily make this countdown one that is truly their own!
If you’re not ready to make the commitment of hanging the calendar on your wall (washi tape can be forgiving), buy a foam core board and mount the Advent calendar to it. You can even store it away on the board, to enjoy for years to come. Or skip the calendar idea all together and use these like the lunchbox notes that inspired them.
We find that these jokes are a great way to bring a smile in the morning with our before-school routine or to break up the ride home from school or activities.
And don’t forget to laugh along with the silly puns and Santa jokes to keep your spirits bright all the way through the busy holiday season.
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