Free Printable Advent Calendar or Christmas Countdown Tags

Use these printable number tags to create your own advent calendar or to label packages in your Christmas book countdown. There are so many uses for these little tags this holiday season.

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

One of our favourite traditions every year is our Christmas book countdown! I got our Christmas books out of storage a few weeks ago and have ordered a few new books to add to our collection this year! It’s hard to believe December 1st is almost here!

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

We have many fond family memories of snuggling up on the couch and reading Christmas books by the light of the Christmas tree each year. I try my best to subscribe to a less-is-more mentality this time of year and I love that this simple tradition brings a bit of calm to the craziness of the holiday season. It gathers our family together at the end of each day, fosters connections and creates special memories.

A little bit about our Christmas Book Countdown

Through the years I’ve slowly added Christmas books to our collection. We borrow them from the library before we buy to make sure we’ll really love them first. Near the end of November I pull our Christmas books out of storage and wrap them up to be place under the Christmas tree in a special basket/container. We start our countdown on December first and the youngest child gets to open the first book. Each night before bed – pajamas must be on and teeth brushed first – we take turns opening that days book and then read it together as a family

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

Wrapping 25 books is no small task so I like to keep the wrapping very basic, but still pretty, since these packages will be on display in our home throughout the month of Decemeber. I use white or brown wrapping paper – I love the look. In an effort to keep things simple when it came to labeling all 25 of our wrapped books I created a numbered set of tags that I could easily attach to each package and reuse again each  year.

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

I created two sets of tags, one in black and white that can be printed on any colour paper  – I really like how they look printed on Kraft cardstock! I also created a pretty set of gold foil tags that add just the right touch of glitz and glimmer.

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

How to use these tags

You can use these tags to put together a simple advent calendar. Attach them to paper bags, a series of envelopes or small gift boxes to create your own countdown to Christmas OR you can use them like I did for our Christmas Book Countdown. Attach one to each wrapped book to be opened as you countdown to Christmas!

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

First you need to download the printable tags. They’re available in PDF format. Next print the tags out. Print the gold foil tags on white cardstock and the black and white ones on kraft cardstock or another color of your choice.

Free Printable Advent Calendar // Christmas Countdown Tags

Next cut the tags out, my current go-to scissors for craft and paper projects are these stainless steel softgrip scissors by Fiskars. After you’ve cut out your tags you can get as creative as you’d like with attaching them. You could use washi tape, twine, ribbon or simply tape the tags directly to your package and call it good.

Click here to download Gold Foil Christmas Countdown Tags

Click here to download Black and White Christmas Countdown Tags

I hope you enjoy these simple little tags, however you choose to use them this holiday season! I’m really excited to be using them to help wrap our books this year. You can find out more about our Christmas book Countdown in this post. I’ve collected some well-loved Christmas classics that we enjoy reading together as a family year after year.

Our Top 10 Christmas Books to Read as a Family

Our top 10 Christmas Books

These are the books my kids look forward to reading the most and that I love reading with them! These books are sentimental and carry with them many special Christmas memories. You can find a list of 50 of our favorite Christmas books in this post.


Santa mouse

The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Lift-the-Flap Nativity

The Animals’ Christmas Eve

The Jolly Christmas Postman 

The Crippled Lamb 

Snowmen at Christmas 

Dream Snow

The Night Before Christmas

For more simple Christmas inspiration you might want to check out these posts!

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. says

    These are fabulous! Definitely going to print these out! Thanks so much!

  2. Dorelle Andersen says

    Love your tags but like one of your other readers I could not get these to download. I’m not a real techie so I don’t know what I am doing wrong. I was hoping to just hit your link and the tags appear. Perhaps you could enlighten me. I’m running windows 07 so I think my computer program is up to date. Many thanks

  3. Lisa says

    We have a little wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar. The 1st year I put money and lots of little items inside it (mostly candy). Last year (the 2nd year) I only had some small items, and others much too big, so I made “tickets” for a certain item (that I’d then have to get from my hiding place). This year I wanted to do something different, and the idea came to me when we got our Christmas Tree and then a small table top one for my daughter’s room. I’m going to use brown paper bags. So I went searching for tags and found these. I printed the Gold Foil one’s out on plain white card stock then put them on paint chips (my daughter loves getting them every time we go to Home Depot so score!). They are just adorable, and very sturdy. I got the first bag set up tonight and will do the rest tomorrow when I can get to the Dollar Tree to get a few more items and some paper bags. Hubby saw the first bag and liked it. Thank you for sharing. I hope to reuse these again and again (if not the paper bags too).

  4. KellyMel says

    Hello! I love these tags. In fact, I’m hoping you might be able to share which font you used to create the #1 and #sixteen tags. I would love to use this design for my wedding table numbers, but I can’t seem to figure out which font you used.

    Many thanks in advance!


  5. Gina says

    Hi – what kind of white wrapping paper do you use? I want to do this with books for the kids but am afraid that it will show through the paper. any recommendations? thanks!

  6. Carin says

    We have done a Christmas book countdown every year since my daughters were little…but they never looked this good. I am so excited to use these tags! THANK YOU!

  7. says

    Thank you so much for sharing these cute printables – I used them for friends presents and they were thrilled!
    The idea of wraping the 24 books for a countdown is lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas Time!


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