Advent Calendars: Counting Down to Christmas

advent calendar bucketsChristmas is coming my kids LOVE counting down to the big day.   Here are a bunch of different types of advent calendars that you can use with your kids to count down the days till Christmas.     Advent begins four Sunday’s before Christmas (so yesterday) but as we are moving and I didn’t want to spend a month “waiting” for Christmas, you’ll have to wait to see our advent calendar.   As soon as we are settled in (and our net is reconnected) I am going to create a version of this bucket calendar I saw on Southern Institute for Domesticity – love that site!   She hung buckets with little goodies in them, one for each day of advent.   I am planning on doing a version with paper bags, not as classy, but easy for kids to open.   Till then, here are a few of the advent calendars I have discovered on the web this past week:

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Nicole over at Activity Mom has a advent calendar she created using a pocket organizer.   She created a nifty printout and has a little gift or surprise in each pocket for her son to discover each day leading up to Christmas.   What a fun way to practice counting backward!DIY advent calendar

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Is my son the only one who is obsessed with building anything and everything (hence the plethora of “building” posts)?   Holly over at June Cleaver Nirvana has three boys and they are counting down to their holiday celebration with advent calendars created with Legos.   A sure win with any little architect!

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Jesse Tree has a free downloadable Advent book on their site (thanks Chelsea for the recommendation) and there are some cute German advent calendars available at Christ-kindlmarket (It’s my parent’s online store – love thier german pyramids and nutcrackers!)

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Want help getting into the spirit of the holidays?   My kids (and we aren’t Santa people) find the personalized messages from the Northpole to be too cute!   They love it that the Santa talks to them!   Thanks Michele for referring us to the link!

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Hope you all have a blessed Holiday Season!   And just a quick FYI, I may not have internet connection for a few weeks – yes weeks!   I am pitching a major fit to ATT right now.   They said they need 20 days to transfer my internet from one home to the new one.   So this might be the last you hear from me for awhile.   Please don’t go away – keep following!   I’ll be back!

8 Comments

  1. Hi Rachel! This is so funny b/c as I was getting my advent calender out, I thought of your blog! Thanks so much for the kind words and for featuring my advent calender! Have a blessed holiday. Oh and I want to see how it looks with the paper bags… cool idea!

  2. Love your Advent calender ideas and tips. Parents and kids will love these ideas! I’m always looking for fun ideas that I can use to make homemade academic games or toys that help kids learn. Your post has given me an idea for an Advent calender reading game. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  3. I love the buckets, but I think JDaniel would peek in all of them.

  4. My kids are 17 and 15 and they still love the Advent calendars but I’m under no illusion … they just like the chocolates 🙂

  5. I grew up with a cardboard advent calender with little paper doors for each day that opened up. There was nothing inside but pictures but I still loved it. These advent calender ideas are so cute. I really like the little buckets one. Your post reminded me I haven’t even put my calender out yet (my son will be mad when he realizes I’m late, even thought he’s 14!)

  6. What cute ideas! I forgot to put out our Advent Calendar this year and we missed it!

  7. If I were to give my kids an example of a properly written informational article, yours would be it. Your content is interesting and well-written.

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