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Last Minute Printable Advent Calendar

Surprise Me!

Wow November got away from me and here we are in December. Advent is a big part of our holiday celebrations. You can see some of our Advent Calendar ideas here, here and here.  Our entire family enjoys reading Jotham’s Journey and our little one loves Jesus Is Coming: 25 Daily Activities to Read, Color, Cut Out, and Assemble.

If you are looking for something really quick to use for an Advent Calendar, simply download these tags.

AdventCalendarTags copy

Advent Tags Numbers 1-3-5-7-9-11

Advent Tags Numbers 2-4-6-8-10-12

Advent Tags Numbers 13-15-17-19-21

Advent Tags Numbers 14-16-18-20-22-24

Advent Tags Number 25

If  you would like to  change all of the papers and make your own unique tags, Steph from The Daily Digi, made digital files for you to play with. Please use these files for personal use only. Generously included in these files are free papers and information on using the files. You might also want to check Steph’s last tutorial on Digital Cupcake Wrappers for more information on using digital files.  Also these new holiday papers she has included would make great cupcake wrappers for the holidays. If you would like more holiday papers please visit The Daily Digi Shop where you will find some fun holiday papers like these and these.

Digital Advent Tags Files for Photoshop users

Digital Advent Tags Files for other photo editing software users (tiff)

Assembling the Advent Calendar

Cut out the tags, glue to the front of envelopes (you could also print on sticker paper). Use a long string and mini clothes pins to clip the envelopes to the string and wah-lah you have a simple Advent Calendar. You can fill the envelopes with tiny surprises or slips of paper with activities to do with your family each day.

You could also glue the tags to the front of hang tags and write the activities on the backs or print the tags on card stock , punch a hole, add a ribbon and use as tags for wrapped boxes.

At our house we normally have a brainstorming session and the kids throw out ideas of things they would like to do throughout Advent. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Family Advent Activities Ideas

  • Go Ice Skating
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Go Christmas caroling or sing Christmas songs at home
  • Give everyone manicure & pedicures
  • Let each child choose a favorite dinner
  • Push the furniture back and dance
  • Watch It’s a Wonderful Life or the How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Play a game
  • Make Christmas cookies and share with neighbors
  • Have a special friend for dinner
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Make hot chocolate and read Christmas stories
  • Make a Gingerbread house
  • Make a simple pine cone bird feeder
  • Have a special breakfast
  • String popcorn and cranberries
  • Play cards
  • Make a paper ring garland
  • Have a fireside meal (we use this and make grilled cheese and apple pies in the fireplace)
  • Cut snowflakes for the windows
  • Make and hang beautiful wrapping paper stars
  • Drive around to see neighborhood Christmas lights (put hot cocoa in to go cups and put on pjs)
  • Go to a holiday movie
  • Make a holiday craft
  • Roast marshmallows in the fireplace
  • Make gift tags and wrapping paper
  • Make decorative sugar cookies
  • Purchase gifts for a needy child
  • Host a Christmas  party
  • Play in the snow, build a snowman
  • Go for a walk at night and look at the stars


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