Today I want to share some Christmas Advent Calendar ideas. My family really enjoys advent calendars and we have several, perhaps more than several, different types in our house! This is a tradition you can start early with your children and it is something they will look forward to every Christmas.
Fabric Advent Calendars
First, my favorite advent calendar in our house is from Pottery Barn Kids. We’ve had ours for years so it is no longer available, but the current Pottery Barn options are here and here. Everything from Pottery Barn Kids is adorable so looks beautiful anywhere in the house. Also these fabric calendars hold up so well, that they can be enjoyed for years to come!
I’ve filled the pockets with different things throughout the years, although candy filled pockets are the kids favorites. Every couple pockets, I add in something besides candy like money, a little trinket or a note about something fun we are going to do that day!
This Star Wars advent would be a huge hit for my boys! It would fit great in a kids room. These Pottery Barn calendars are very large so a decent amount of wall is needed. We hang ours on a door.
Wood Advent Calendars
Wooden Advent Calendar Train HERE
Toy Filled Advent Calendars
Besides advent calendars that you fill with goodies, another great option is to buy ones that already have candy or trinkets!
Last year I got these advent Lego sets for the older kids which they loved! Each day was a different mini set to put together. The kids loved how the pieces were winter themed. The Star Wars set including things like a frozen Chewbacca and the Lego Friends set including ice skates and hot chocolate items. So cute!
For the younger kids, these sets would be fun! My youngest would love this Hot Wheels set.
Candy Filled Version
Of course, sometimes easiest and basic are what is most loved and so it is no doubt that a chocolate filled advent calendar is always well received!
Activity Advent Calendars
Last year, my daughter received this Cookie Advent Cookbook and had a lot of fun making new recipes! We didn’t cover all 24 recipes, so this year we will try some new ones! We were able to freeze the cookies and save for when needed. It’s a good way to spread out the holiday baking!
Finally, I’ve seen many printable advent calendars available that celebrate the season! I found these printable advent cards from Happy Home Fairy that I have printed out to read with the family each day. Also this activity advent printable from True Aim includes an easy, doable, activity to do with the family every day.
So many options available! I’ve just listed a few of the many types of advent calendars! Does your family have an advent calendar? Share your ideas!