No matter if it’s a couple of weeks or a year, deployment seems like it takes FOR-EV-ER. You think it would be better after the halfway point, but IMO, it just makes you antsier. I love the idea of having a countdown to homecoming because it places a positive spin on things. Instead of feeling sad that your deployed service member is gone, you feel excited for his return.
It definitely helps to have a visual representation of when your service member is coming home. Having a countdown to homecoming is fun for just the spouse or the whole family. It gives you something to look forward to every morning knowing that you are one. step. closer. Hopefully, the countdowns are accurate but we know the military can LIE TO US. Here are 25 creative ways to countdown to homecoming.
Customized Paper Chains
52 Cards with sweets sayings
Daddy Tree, take off a leaf each day
Custom Jars, use candy, marbles, rocks, etc.
Shred Each Day Down
Completing the puzzle, add a piece each day
Build an “aquarium”, add a fish for each day
For those who like countdowns to be automated
Countdown by events through the use of visuals
Get a sugar rush each day
Customize a map and color a square for each day
Never forget why you’re doing a countdown
Tip the scale in your favor
Follow Dad’s March
Build a box of memories, give to him at homecoming
Make your countdown into wall art
Fill each envelope with a “reward” for making it to that point
Cheap, and easy to make!
Incorporate his dog tags
Pay homage to his vessel
Make it a game
Envelopes holds an activity to do or an encouraging quote
Because Deployment Sucks
Last but not least, use only if you have self control…
Have you used any of these deployment countdown ideas? Be sure to add your own in the comments
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