Yes, I know for some of you ladies the idea of already preparing for Christmas seems somewhat ridiculous. But, I am a planner of sorts (a very terrible one) and am aware of how fast these next couple of weeks are going to fly by! From this post date we have exactly ONE week until Thanksgiving and exactly two weeks until December 1st. I know I know, let’s celebrate Thanksgiving before we have to prepare for another celebration but considering advent usually starts on the first Sunday in December that means you’ll have 9 days to gather your advent activities/books/gifts.
So let’s take some of that time pressing stress off your shoulders by daring to think about Christmas a little earlier than we’d like.
Below I have listed 11 fun advent calendar ideas that you can make yourself with minimal recourses. Under that I also listed a couple advent resources the entire family can enjoy and resources to help prepare your own heart during this busy season. The most important part we must remember is why we are truly celebrating this season — it’s not about the glamorous gifts and decorations. I believe celebrating advent is a great way to cultivate an entire family’s heart to better appreciate the birth of our Savior.
P.S. You don’t need the advent gifts to make it special; the countdown itself is a fun and exciting activity for the children!
Here’s 11 advent calendar ideas that you can make at home!
This DIY advent calendar by The Thud.
This “acts of kindness” advent calendar by Between You and Me.
This DIY rustic advent calendar by Shanty 2 Chic.
This “Ikea looking” advent calendar by Wonen (different language).
This rustic frame advent calendar saved by Camille Styles.
This Pottery Barn knock-off advent calendar by Make and Do Crew.
This rustic ladder advent calendar by Dreamy Whites.
This non present (can I get an amen?) pallet Christmas tree advent calendar by My Sister’s Suitcase.
This vintage frame advent calendar by Lia Griffith.
This other framed advent calendar by Craftaholics Anonymous with a more “festive” approach.
This “thankful” jar advent calendar pinned by Simply Factory (original poster unknown).
Here’s some advent resources your family might enjoy!
(And that I enjoy)
(Even though it’s not quite accurate we watch this every Christmas Eve)
(I just bought this book to go through this December with my family)
A felt Christmas tree advent calendar found on Etsy by Ivy Handmade Design.
Some Resources You might Enjoy
(This is the book I am reading for my own heart this season)
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