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Advent Calendar Ideas to Countdown Christmas

There are so many ways to countdown to Christmas! Get 50 advent calendar ideas that you can make to decorate your home and enjoy with your kids. There are projects for both candy and non-candy gifts.

Advent Calendar Ideas

There’s a Christmas taste you never forget from your childhood – at least I haven’t. It’s a very familiar, nostalgic flavor that can only be enjoyed from a chocolate advent calendar. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Each year my family used to get them for $1 each at the grocery store, and it was an exciting time. You knew for the next 25 days you were going to get a piece of chocolate every. single. day.

It felt amazing.

And I looked forward to it every single year, until I got old enough to stuff my face with chocolate I purchased myself around the holidays. But I never forgot about those glorious advent calendars.

The thing is, Christmas countdowns have changed greatly over the years. Not only have they evolved past candy (and now include toys, etc.) but they have also slowly meandered into the realm of DIY. And that, my friends, is why we’re here today: I’ve got some advent calendar ideas for you!

I’ve definitely matured beyond the cheap chocolate calendars and now I like the handmade ideas. I’ve posted several advent calendar ideas on the blog, and I’ve collected them here with several others. I want to share this list with you and see what you think.

If you’re looking to make your own advent calendar, I think you’re going to like these projects. There are a variety ranging from toilet paper rolls to paper chains to envelopes to recycled wood! No matter what type of countdown you’re looking for, you’ll find one here.

Take a peek and let me know which of these is your favorite in the comments. Happy Holidays!

Advent Calendar Ideas

Countdown to Christmas with these unique advent calendar ideas! These projects are perfect for celebrating the handmade aspect of the season.


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