For children (and adults) there is something magical about counting down the days until Christmas. While we try to keep the focus away from monetary gifts as much as possible, children will always look forward to the excitement and wonder that surrounds Christmas Day. More than a way to stir up even MORE excitement, a countdown chain gives your kids something visual to remind them of how many days are left until Christmas. So they stop
driving you crazy asking every day.
Remember those paper chains you made as a kid? Those were fun. My oldest makes them all the time, not to countdown days, but just for decorations. Last year I wanted to make something that would last, so I didn't have to count and cut and staple/glue every year. I saw this cute idea for a fabric chain somewhere (I really wish I could remember where I saw the original idea), and it was perfect! There are many ways you could tackle this, but this is how I made it:
Press two pieces of coordinating fabric together with lightweight, double-sided fusible interfacing. Cut the fabric into strips the size you want them (I think mine were 2"x8"). Trim up the sides with pinking shears to eliminate fraying. Attach tiny pieces of velcro to opposite sides and ends of each strip. You can use the stick on velcro, but the glue probably won't hold up in storage. So I took the extra time to sew 50 little pieces of velcro. If you know how, chaining them on saves a good bit of time, but even then it's a major pain. But that's it. Your done. Make the chain and reuse it year after year.