I can still remember the squabbles between my brother and I as we maneuvered to be the last one to open the double doors of our Advent calendar. Claiming that chocolate prize meant that all the hard waiting of the last 24 days was over and Christmas would finally be here.
And while I’m still a bit nostalgic for the cardboard calendar of my childhood, complete with Victorian Christmas scene printed on the cover and chocolates inside, I’m impressed with so many of the creative and fun advent calendar ideas for families there are.
Whether your family has an annual tradition of an advent calendar or you’re just trying it this year. I wanted to share some of my favorites that I found from around the web. Don’t worry, all of these are easy and simple to do!
Best Kids Advent Calendar Ideas for Christmas
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A cute little Disney themed calendar for any fans of this short cartoon on Disney Junior.
For the fashion fanatic in your house. This sweet advent calendar lets you create your own charm bracelet and necklace.
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Advent Calendar
For little ones, this is a fun option that lets them count down the days with their very own tree. Plus, it’s reusable.
Playmobil Advent Calendar
Add to your Playmobil collection with this fun advent calendar. I’m a big fan of Playmobil for their quality and open-ended creativity.
If you’re a sucker for children’s books like I am, this adorable and simple calendar, featuring the artwork of Eric Carle, is perfect.
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Chocolate advent calendars are always a classic and this one goes the extra step in being shaped like a house.
Even man’s best friend needs a little holiday spirit. This felt tree holds dog bones for each day, ensuring that Fido gets his Christmas treats too.
Best Kids Advent Calendar (for slightly crafty families)
Feeling a little crafty? This kit lets you put together and fill your own mini paper boxes.
Super simple and minimalist. This calendar is just easy to put together and completely recyclable when you’re done. Plus it’s really affordable.
These are whimsical and fun and look beautiful arranged in a simple bowl. Fill them with whatever you choose.
More Meaningful Advent Celebrations for Families
What is your family’s advent tradition? Do you use the same calendar year after year or find a new one to celebrate the season? Leave a comment below to let us know how you countdown the holidays!
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