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 Christmas countdown advent calendar over a blue background
Printable reverse advent calendar in front of a white background
Printable advent calendar with activities hanging on the wall
Printable Nativity Countdown to Christmas advent calendar
Printable Hotel Transylvania 3 advent calendar
Collage that includes pictures of a Christmas village advent calendar
12 days of Christmas fabric gift bags
Fabric advent calendars with festive decoration hanging from a wall
Felt advent calendar hanging on a wall with Christmas decoration next to it
Wooden yardstick advent calendar for boys with tools, chocolates, and other things hanging from it.
Picture of Felt advent calendar
Recycled tin can advent calendar hanging from a wall
Hanging paper advent stocking calendar
Paper doll advent calendar on top of a table
Learn how to make a simple Christmas stocking with my free Christmas stocking pattern!
Christmas stockings hanging from the wall with other Christmas decoration
A set of reindeer stocking crafts hanging from the wall
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!

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