I love all of the ideas for advent calendars on Pinterest and share some of my favorites below, but did you know that the first day of Advent was actually yesterday?
November, 27th NOT December 1st
I think when most people think of Advent they tend to think of the cardboard box calendars that start December 1st. They have little chocolate candies in them and go through December 25th. I’ll admit, I bought them for my kids too. It’s a tradition.
But the actual word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The purpose of the entire season should be about the celebration of the birth of Jesus and his First Advent (coming), and the anticipation of the return of Jesus in his Second Advent (coming).
So, before I go on to the cute crafty advent calendars, I wanted to share with you this free download Countdown to Christmas from Thriving Family.On the website there is a box that says, ‘Don’t miss out! Download our free advent calendar.’ Click on it to download.
The calendar offers daily scripture readings, parent-child activities and links to JellyTelly video clips, stories, crafts, Christmas carols, recipes, Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas and more! We actually subscribe to the magazine and they had the tear out calendar in book form. So if you get the magazine go tear it out!
My kids and I started it last night and it looks like it will be the perfect addition to all of our other advent calendars. The difference is that this one teaches them the TRUE reason we celebrate!
On to my favorite advent calendars.
I’ve decided to make these cute ‘Christmas Trees’ by Pink Suede Shoe. My daughter Abby is really excited to help me this year. You could either put candy or cute little notes inside them (using my free printables below). Pink Suede Shoe has a tutorial on how to make these cute ‘trees’. I love tutorials.
I can’t find the website for the calendar I made last year, but this is a similar idea by All Things Simple. Print little cards and have each one list something you can do together each day.
She doesn’t have a printable version, but lucky for you that is what my free printable is! Scroll to the bottom to view and download.
I will be using most of the cards I created to put inside my cute trees above!
This is also cute from Twig and Thistle.
Magnetic Advent Calendar.
Twig and Thistle does have a free printable you can download.
And this is just darn cute from Sunday In Bed.
If you would like to download my advent calendar ideas click on the pictures below. They are sized for 8.5 x 11 inch paper. There are four pages to download. The last page I have left mostly blank spaces for you to add your own ideas.
*Side note: Last year we had to talk to our kids about how things can change depending on the day. So, while I try to put things like ‘looking at Christmas lights’ on a day where I know we would be able to do that, we also told our kids that because there is so much going on in the month of December they will need to be flexible. We tried to make them understand that if something comes up there may be a chance that we would have to wait a day or two to make it up!
I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!