How does your family countdown to celebrating Jesus’ birth? I hope this Names of Christ 12-Days of Christmas Countdown will give you and your family a good reminder of Christ this Christmas season!
It has been a few years since I have made a Christmas countdown. But this year, we are ready! I decided to go a different route this Christmas season with our countdown, and countdown the 12-days of Christmas.
The twelve days of christmas
There is a lot of fun information out there with how the song The Twelve Days of Christmas has a Biblical meaning, as well as counting down the 12-days of Christmas with adding the nativity characters each day until your set is full. This year, I found 12 of my favorite names of Christ and a Bible verse that corresponds with each to create this Names of Christ Christmas Countdown.
Christmas countdown supplies
Silhouette Cameo or similar vinyl cutting machine
Adhesive Craft Vinyl
Solid wood board
Transfer Tape, weeding tools, etc
how to make a christmas countdown
First, give your wood stars a nice coat of paint. I just used a simple black matte paint on mine, and it was done lickety split! While those are drying, it is time to start setting up and cutting your vinyl.
Begin by setting up your text in the design screen. I set up Matthew 2:10 on my cutting software, and added the even numbers, since I was going to be cutting all of these out of the dark red vinyl. Cut your vinyl and set it aside.
Next, add a Christmas design to your design screen. I had this silhouette of a stable that I had downloaded for my Nativity Shadowbox project, so I added that. I also added the odd numbers to my design screen, and cut all of those out of gold.
Once your vinyl is cut, it is time to weed it. Weed the excess vinyl, and set your designs aside. Before you commit to your vinyl on the board, test the layout to make sure things are spaced evenly. It took me a few tries and design layouts to decide on this one.
Next, place your transfer tape over your text and gently peel off the white backing to the adhesive side of the vinyl is exposed. Line it up on your board and burnish it with a credit card or a burnishing tool. Burnishing means you scrape over the surface firmly, to make sure all the air bubbles are out and the vinyl is starting to adhere to your surface.
Then, at an angle, and keeping it tight to the board, gently peel back the transfer tape. Repeat this process with your nativity or Christmas design as well.
After this is on your board, your stars should be dry. Using the same process and the transfer tape, adhere the numbers to your painted stars. Then, hot glue your stars to your board. Finally, hot glue the clothespins to the stars.
Finally, cut out some stars from cardstock using your cutting machine. On one side, write the name of Christ and on the other the Bible reference.
Twelve names of christ bible verses
True Vine ~ John 15:1
Living Water ~ John 7:38
Lord of Glory ~ 1 Corinthians 2:8
Lion og Judah ~ Revelation 5:5
Alpha and Omega ~ Revelation 22:13
Author of Life ~ Acts 3:1-5
Savior ~ Luke 2:11
Prince of Peace ~ Romans 5:1
Lamb of God ~ John 1:29
Advocate ~ 1 John 2:1
Ancient of Days ~ Daniel 7:21-22
Redeemer ~ Isaiah 48:17
Ideas for using a christmas countdown
~ Cover it with the stars, and remove one each day until you get to Christmas.
~Keep the stars handy, and add one each day until your board is full of the names of Christ.
~ Read a Bible verse each night at dinner, and have your family guess which name of Christ it is referencing. The person to answer correctly gets to add it to the board.
Or, how can your family creatively incorporate this as you anxiously await Christmas Day?