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Do You Have Your Advent Calendar Yet?

It’s mid-November, you know what that means… time to figure out this year’s Advent calendar. What?  You’re still thinking about Thanksgiving?  Me too.  But December will be here before we know it.

I’m hoping to pull together an extra special list of Advent activities for the kids this year (more on that tomorrow) so I need to start planning now.  Step number one is to find a snazzy calendar.  To that end, here’s a list of my favorite offerings this year.

A minimalist Etsy offering - Paper Countdown Calendar $26.90.

This one won’t work for our plans this year.  Nevertheless, I’m smitten with the story of Olive, the Other Reindeer and I like that each day reveals a foldable figure to add to the pop-up Christmas scene - Olive, The Other Reindeer Pop Up Advent Calendar $12.

This modern and customizable decal is another Etsy find that comes in 40 possible colors.  Again, not something we can use but kinda fun - Christmas Advent Calendar Tree Holiday Vinyl Decor (40×22 in custom colors) $39.95.

This is an heirloom quality calendar from Pottery Barn that you can personalize with your last name. I can picture my kids’ eyes lighting up when I unpack it each year - Pottery Barn Stocking Advent Calendar $89.

I like the flexibility of these buttons.  You can attach them to small bags, wrapped books, or whatever else you can think of - Advent Calendar Buttons $22.44.

Another calendar that’s a bit more of an investment, but I’m a sucker for the exuberant colors -Kids Holiday Decor: Christmas Tree Calendar Countdown from The Land of Nod $69.

At only $9 for the PDF, these printable Christmas mittens are an adorable steal - Vintage North Pole Christmas Printable Advent Calendar $9.

On the other end of the spectrum are these Christmas stockings - Garnet Hill Mini-Felt-Stockings Advent Calendar $78.

I kind of like the challenge of finding things to fit in each of these pockets - Kids Holiday Decor: Kids Chambray Christmas Advent Calendar at The Land of Nod $39.

Here’s another pop-up calendar, this time by Eric Carle - Eric Carle Pop Up Advent Calendar $8.79.

Finally, there’s this year’s LEGO Advent Calendar.  I think my kiddos might still loose some of the pieces but next year this will be very tempting - LEGO 2012 City Advent Calendar $34.99.

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Natasha November 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

thanks for this round up, love the vinyl tree

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Adrienn November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

My little darling will turn 2 next week so this year we can start all these fun traditions for Xmas. I can’t wait! ;)

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Heather November 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I just bought the Eric Carle Advent calendar for my 4 and 7 year old. I’m hoping the Land of Nod pocket one will go on sale after Christmas (I’m cheap). When I was a child, my mother made me a felt Advent calendar. It was a Christmas tree with 25 pockets and every day you pinned a felt ornament taken from the numbered pocket onto the tree. I loved it.

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Gretchen November 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

A friend gave me an idea that I love and now use. I gather together all of our Christmas books (we had 24 already, but it’s easy to collect Christmas books at used book stores and Library book sales, if you don’t) and wrap them in holiday paper. Each day of Advent, one of my boys selects a book to open–we read that book at bedtime together, holding “Twas the Night Before Christmas” until the end…it’s a lovely and fun way to share our Christmas books each year!!

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Keitha November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

Great round-up. I may have to order the Olive one. We used the Lego one last year and my son LOVED it. He still plays with the pieces from it.

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Renee R. November 26, 2012 at 6:45 am

I like that most of these are simple enough that you could get materials from the
Dollar store and make them yourself! It’d save a lot of money, would have more meaning,
And you could get the kids involved in making it. Thanks for the suggestions!

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