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Advent Calendar for Kids

Updated on April 22, 2014

Countdown to Christmas Builds Anticipation for the Holidays

Getting an advent calendar for kids is a fun family Christmas tradition. The Latin for advent means "coming," and advent calendars are special calendars that countdown the coming of Christmas.

German Lutherans started the practice of using some way of marking the days leading up to the nativity on December 25.

Some people simply marked a chalk line on their door beginning on December 1, and others lit a candle each day until the big day.

More recently, advent calendars for children often are made up of a box with perforated doors. Each day before the holiday, a new door is opened and the child receives a small gift or piece of chocolate to commemorate that day leading up to Christmas.

There are also Advent calendars that open to reveal a Christmas related item and magnetic calendars to mark off days till December 25.

Information Source: Advent Calendar, Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Andrea Schaufler

Make the Build Up Memorable - You Can Use Fewer Days, Too

Christmas in the air.
Christmas in the air.

If starting an advent calendar on December 1 is too daunting or just too much time to wait for Christmas to come for very little ones, consider using a shorter calendar.

You can make a simple advent calendar starting just five or ten days before Christmas.

Use a construction paper tree, for example, and let children decorate circles to hang as ornaments on the tree. Add one ornament each day until the holiday.

Lego Creator Holiday Bakery - Advent Calendar

Lego building bricks are always a hit! Getting your child or a child in your life a Lego Advent or countdown calendar is a great early Christmas present they'll enjoy all of December.

LEGO Creator Holiday Bakery 10216
LEGO Creator Holiday Bakery 10216

This Lego holiday bakery will be a hit with Lego fans, young and old.


Have you or your children ever had an Advent calendar? - Fun way to countdown to Christmas

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Magnetic Countdown Calendars

Magnetic Advent calendars let little ones count down the days again and again!

Start a Christmas Tradition with an Advent Calendar

Be Sure to Get Your Advent Calendar

Before December 1!

Make an Advent Calendar

Make a simple Advent calendar with

craft supplies you have on hand.

For example, it can be as easy as hanging garland

(a string or yarn) and using clothespins to clip a new

Christmas-related drawing or painting

your child makes each day.

Make an Advent Calenar - Use this 25-compartment display to hide gifts.

Make your own special advent calendar with this small (basically it measures 8 X 8 inches) cubby box.

Decorate it and add numbers for your own style countdown to Christmas.

Elmo's Countdown to Christmas - A fun movie is a great way to count down the days!

With the voices of actors Ben Stiller, Kevin Clash, Pam Arciero, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, and Matt Vogel.

Advent Candles

Use an Advent candle during a time of reflection

each day before Christmas.

It can be used for a few minutes

of quiet time to end the day.

Candle Countdown Advent Calendar - Use a simple candle for Advent.

This candle Advent calendar is a fun, unexpected way to countdown to Christmas that shines each day.

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