Nothing builds the excitement to Christmas like Advent Calendars! Here are 40 unique and beautiful options that you can use to maximize the meaning and the enjoyment of the Christmas season!
I feel like I’m the new kid on the block, finally entering into the Christmas season with little ones. For years and years, it was either me and my immediate and extended family, me and my friends, me and my husband…and now, it’s me, the husband and our toddler crew of 2. Over the years, I’ve been piling up ideas – things I couldn’t wait to do when I had kids. Advent calendars are one of my favorites. We never did them in our house when I was a kid, and I always thought how much fun it would have been to have a countdown to Christmas with something we did daily to celebrate.
My boys are still young – just 2 1/2 years old – so we will do a simplified version of an Advent calendar this year – but this is something I want them to anticipate and grow into as they get older. ,It’s so important to find ways to make sure the Christmas season isn’t overshadowed by all the shopping and craziness. For me, it’s all about focusing on the birth and coming of Christ (“The Advent”), time with family, and serving others. Advents calendars make this happen in a fun way that builds excitement each day.
Since my boys are little, this is the one I bought last year. It’s a tri-fold calendar that has a Bible reading for every day. However, as they get older, I’m so excited for the possibilities in using advent calendars with them for acts of kindness and family activities.
Below, I’ve listed 30 DIY Advent Calendars that you can create and use with your family. Also, I’ve listed another 10 Advent Calendars that you can purchase instead of make. The holidays can get a little crazy and we can run out of time pretty quickly – so if you would rather buy than DIY, there are 10 options there as well!
I also have a Free Printable Christmas Advent Calendar with over 70 activities for you to choose from. Each day has 3 different activities: a Bible reading, a family activity and an act of kindness. You can mix and match them however you like, but it gives you lots of options! You can use these ideas with any of the advent calendars that you create or buy. Just fill in the box below to get your copy!
25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars
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1| Wooden Tree Advent Calendar Tutorial from Dear Lillie
2| Pottery Barn Knock Off DIY Advent Calendar from Make and Do Crew
3| DIY Clothes Pin Advent Calendar from Bless’er House
4| Christmas Advent Calendar Wall Chart with Free Tutorial & Printable from The Painted Hive
5| Free Printable Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar from Ella Claire Inspired
6| DIY Advent Calendar from The Marion House Book
7| Dollar Store Advent Calendar from Infarrantly Creative
8| DIY Christmas Advent Calendar from Kids Activities Blog
9| Ladder Advent Calendar from Her Tool Belt
10| Easy DIY Advent Calendar from eHow
11| Advent Calendar on Vintage Ladder from Desire Empire
12| DIY Advent Calendar with Free Treat Bag Printable from Yellow Bliss Road
13| Chalkboard Ornament Advent Calendar from Thistlewood Farms
14| Tree Advent Calendar from We are Scout
15| Chicken Wire Advent Calendar from Brown Eyed Fox
16| Library Pocket Advent Calendar Tutorial from Ruffled Sunshine
17| DIY Message in a Bottle Advent Calendar from The Merry Thought
18| 25 Days of Christmas from House and Home
19| Framed DIY Advent Calendar from Lia Griffith
20| Wall Mounted Advent Calendar from The DIY Dreamer
21| Knock Off Pottery Barn Advent Calendar from Thrifty Decor Chick
22| DIY Christ-Centered Advent Calendar from Kemley Designs
23| Easy DIY Christmas Advent Calendar from The Celebration Shoppe
24| Make Your Own Advent Calendar from The Pretty Bee
25| Big Box DIY Advent Calendar from Mod Podge Rocks
26| Easy No Sew Burlap Advent Calendar from Finding Home Farms
27| Bucket Christmas Advent Calendar from Our Vintage Home Love
28| Pottery Barn Knock Off Tree Advent Calendar from Rogue Engineer
29| Upcycled DIY Advent Calendar from Northstory
30| Hanging Countdown Christmas Calendar from Better Homes and Gardens
If you’re not into DIY or don’t have the time, here are 10 Advent Calendars for your convenience that you can purchase by clicking the links.
10 More Advent Calendars for Purchase
There’s no doubt that these Advent Calendars will certainly get you and your family in the Christmas spirit! Not only that, they will get you focused in the right direction- on Jesus, on family, and on serving others!
Don’t forget to grab your FREE PRINTABLE – 70+ Advent Activities (Bible Readings, Family Activities and Acts of Kindness). Fill in the box below!
Does your family use advent calendars? Which ones are your favorites? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
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