Advent calendars are a fun way to stay excited and engaged as Christmas time approaches. Christmas advent calendars come in many different forms, offering several unique ways to count down the days until Santa Claus arrives. In this post, Tree Classics gives you different ideas so you can select the type that best fits with your home décor, budget, and desired feel. From religious to do-it-yourself varieties, we’ve got plenty of options to get your mind churning as you prepare for the holidays.
1. Religious Advent Calendars
Christmas season is a time of reflection for most religious individuals. It’s also a time to think about the Virgin Mary or the gift of her son, the baby Jesus. There are several ways to make a religious advent calendar – creating it out of fabric, with little sewn-in pockets that contain elements to form the Nativity scene, crafting it from wood, or filling a whole portion of the living room so those outside can see it through the window.
This featured design comes from Alice Wingerden of Thoughts from Alice. She uses her mantel as the stage for different holiday decorations throughout the year. This time, it serves as the perfect frame for her Christmas advent calendar, featuring the Virgin Mary.
For more information and detailed instructions, visit her blog.
2. Chocolate Advent Calendars
These are perfect for those who wish to enjoy a tasty treat each day in December leading up to Christmas. Cristin Bisbee Priest of SimplifiedBee.com writes about the box of truffles shown above and features several other ideas for advent calendars. The Finest Truffles Advent Calendar by Prestat contains delicious and authentic flavors including Orange & Frankincense, Tropical Cinnamon, Coconut Snowball, and Golden Heather Honey. The lid of the box has tabs like little windows that can be opened to reveal the delectable truffles.
Feeling extra adventurous? You can make your own homemade chocolate for your calendar. If you have kids or grandchildren, opt for one that’s more economical. Click here for several great options.
3. Wooden Advent Calendars
A wooden design offers a warm and rustic spin on the traditional Christmas advent calendar. Much like the religious calendar from Thoughts From Alice, this creation by Shonee of Hawthorne & Main features mini craft clothespins and twine. Instead of envelopes, Shonee uses small brown paper favor bags and uses glue to attach her custom number tags, all mounted on a rustic barn wood sign. This wooden backdrop can be made from old fence pieces or purchased online. The card inside each envelope may contain a Christmas activity, a small gift certificate, or whatever you choose.
This wooden version comes in different styles. One option is with a snowman, another is by using an old wood pallet to make a Christmas tree-shaped calendar. The possibilities are endless. Etsy and Pinterest are great places for supplies and inspiration to get you started on your countdown calendar.
4. DIY Advent Calendars
Purchasing an advent calendar is always an option, but here’s another simple do-it-yourself variety from The Everyday Miracles blog. Each box might contain a fun little Christmas gift, card, or treat. It’s really up to you. Some DIY Christmas countdown calendars use everyday household objects, while others require a few extra supplies and planning. Our very own Jen Lutz created an Advent calendar that served a dual purpose: a holiday project that could add to her Christmas décor while creating family memories. See how she incorporates her love of books into a Christmas tradition with her DIY Advent calendar.
Regardless of your skill level, budget, and amount of spare time, there’s likely a DIY option out there for you.
Here are some links to get you started:
33 DIY Advent Calendars to Help You Count Down to Christmas – Countryliving.com
Advent Calendar Ideas for the Budget-Friendly – Dollarstorecrafts.com
20 DIY Advent Calendars to Make – Creativegreenliving.com
5. Unique Advent Calendars
Are you looking to do something a little more fun and non-traditional? Here’s a delightful, kid-friendly Duplo calendar idea from Krisha of Jacks & Kate. Click here to learn how Krisha crafted this unique piece.
This is just one take on the classic Christmas advent calendar. What can you come up with?
It’s Your Turn
Hopefully, this list opens up a window of creative ideas for you. Head to the comments section and let us know if you followed any of our suggestions, or if you came up with something entirely different!