Every year, we start building anticipation for Christmas by pulling out our advent calendar at the beginning of December. I wish I could say that we always start on December 1st, but that would be a fib. I feel pretty good if we start by around the 7th. It’s definitely not too late to start this tradition.
This advent cabin was my birthday gift from The Hubster a few years ago (I think it came from L.L. Bean) and it is hands-down my favorite birthday gift ever. If you want to see me talking about this tradition, click here to see last year’s video. There’s no denying that I’m a total dork.
We do the traditional piece-of-candy behind each door or window. But I LOVE the idea of putting little notes behind each door with a fun Christmas activity to do each night.
That’s what Steph from Somewhat Simple did with her Magnetic Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar. She even shows you exactly what they put on each note to get you started!
Want some more advent calendar ideas?
How cute is this burlap stocking advent calendar from Making the World Cuter? She shows you step-by-step how she made it.
Are the kids squabbling over who gets to open the door or hang up the advent ornament each day? How about this Quick and Easy Advent Calendar from Makes and Takes. All the supplies come from the Dollar Store so each kiddo can have their own calendar.
And Breann from Me & My Three had a great idea for using Dollar Store mini gift bags and a piece of lattice. Totally doable!
Still not easy enough for you? Then how about this Sticky Note Advent Calendar from Giver’s Log. She even provides a free printable download so you can make your own.
And last, but definitely not least, leave it to Sarah Mae from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee to have an advent calendar that puts the focus squarely where it belongs…on the birth of Christ.
In her recent post at (in)courage, Sarah Mae shares her simple advent calendar and shows you exactly what her family will do each day in anticipation of Christmas. I particularly like Day 9 -Dance to a praise song! and Day 21: List three ways you and your family can be the hands and feet of Jesus this coming year – make a plan!
How do you build anticipation for Christmas? If you have a post about it, add it to my comments.