Advent calendars are used to mark the days from December 1st until Christmas or sometimes the 21 days of Advent.
I have 4 of these calendars and am making 2 more. I have also given them as gifts.
Advent Calendars don’t require treats or gifts. The first Christmas countdown calendar I made, and the ones I make to give away, have tiny ornaments that are moved from the calendar to a felt Christmas tree above it on each day.
Another good idea is to have a special activity to do each day that is related to the holiday season.
Others of my calendars have bells or beads to be moved – one each day.
My daughter bought 24 books related to the holiday season.
Before December 1st, she wrapped them all in red or green tissue paper and placed them in a basket.
Each day one book was chosen and unwrapped by one of her children, and that was the book read that day.
It was always a surprise as to which book would be unwrapped.
After the holidays the books were put away until next December, so they were always fresh each year.
There are so many different kinds of homemade Advent calendars that I have added several pages for them.
History and instructions for making a Jesse Tree.
For a history of the Advent Calendar, read this.
Here’s an idea for teaching your children how to give at Christmas time.
These calendars are made of paper and/or cardboard, and some are printable.
Felt and fabric Advent calendars that will need some sewing and/or decorative stitching.
For calendars made with boxes, wood, cookie sheets, magnets, bottle caps and other materials, look at this page.
Gift and activity ideas for Advent calendars.