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Counting down to Christmas {Advent Calendars}

Posted by  ·  November 25, 2011  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Advent calendars, originating in Germany, have been used for well over 100 years to count down the first 24 days of December.  As each day is “marked off,” a tiny gift, candy or suggestion of a fun family activity is revealed.  With only a few days before December 1st, there is still time to make one.  From the traditional and elegant to the contemporary and simple, here are a few links to some favorites.  If your family has never had an Advent calendar, here is your chance to start a new family tradition.
From Pink Suede Shoe, these paper cones would make a huge impact on a mantle, hearth or table.
Love this pin board ornament calendar from Bower Power Blog.  Move an ornament to the tree everyday!
Kids love Christmas books and bedtime stories!  What a great idea to wrap your Christmas books (existing or new) in beautiful wrapping paper.  Every child would love this tradition from Babyccinokids!
From DIY Father, a really fun Advent Calendar.  Have the kids help you choose tiny boxes for this calendar.
 Have you tried Origami?  This is a sweet Advent calendar using the ancient Japanese paper-folding technique.  Aren’t these pockets the cutest?
Over the years I have shared a few advent calendar’s myself…
Here are a few…
Printable advent calendar
 Tree advent calendar
Birdie Advent Calendar
Stocking Advent Calendar
Whatever you do to count down till Christmas I hope it’s something that can bring the family together and helps them enjoy the spirit of the holiday’s together!


  1. Liss
    Friday, December 9th, 2011
    I wrapped books for Christmas all of one year and gave it up and did this instead:
  2. Thursday, December 1st, 2011
    Thank you for sharing all these adorable ideas!
  3. Monday, November 28th, 2011
    I love Pink Suede Shoe's trees! She's so clever.
  4. Saturday, November 26th, 2011
    I create Quilted Art Advent Calendars with Yellow Ultra Suede stars added to 25 buttons.
  5. Saturday, November 26th, 2011
    Looking for another way to celebrate advent? I make these cute Jesse Tree Ornaments. I'd love for you to take a look.


    Happy Day!
  6. Friday, November 25th, 2011
    Amazing advent calendar ideas! Thanks for creating such a fun, wonderful blog!