Today is Advent Day, and in celebration of the day we are going to take a look at 12 unique DIY advent calendars! While traditional advent calendars originated and are based on Christian beliefs, many of them today are considered a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.
Advent is the period preceding the Christmas season. Beginning on the Sunday nearest November 30, it covers four Sundays. This year advent begins on December 1. Advent means “the coming” and is a spiritual reflection of cheer and anticipation.
So what is an advent calendar?
An advent calendar is a popular tradition that originated in Germany in the late 1800’s. It usually consists of a card or poster with twenty-four small doors, one to be opened each day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. Each door conceals a treat and builds up anticipation for the holiday.
To celebrate the day, I found 12 unique DIY advent calendars and some great ideas for the treats hidden inside! Enjoy!
TP Roll Advent Calendar by Pysselbolaget
An advent calendar is a card or poster with twenty-four small doors, one to be opened each day from December 1 until Christmas Eve. Each door conceals a picture. This popular tradition arose in Germanyin the late 1800s and soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Originally, the images in Advent calendars were derived from the Hebrew Bible.
Considered a fun way of counting down the days until Christmas, many Advent calendars today have no religious content. Now, alongside traditional Advent calendars depicting angels and biblical figures are those whose doors open to display teddy bears, pieces of chocolate, or photos of pop stars.
DIY Advent Calendar by A Bubbly Life
- Sweets and baked goods
- Gift vouchers, tickets for a concert, the zoo, the cinema, etc.
- Lipsticks, lip balm, small, trial-sized items like body lotion, single use facial mask packets
DIY Vintage Soda Crate Advent Calendar by My So Called Crafty Life
- Christmas tree decorations
- Christmas-themed cookie cutters
- Key rings
Magnetic Advent Calendar by HandKrafted by Stephanie
- CD with Christmas songs
- Matchbox cars
- Small toys
- A tie, socks, gloves
Magnetic Advent Calendar by Making Memories Blog
Advent Wreath by Acquiring Taste
Holiday Santa Advent Calendar by Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom (free pattern!)
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar by Pink Suede Shoe
Owl Advent Calendar by Like a Playground
Snowmen Advent Garland by Whimsy Love
Christmas Street Advent Calendar by Mr. Printables
DIY Advent Calendar by Makoodle
Get any good ideas? Gift and treat ideas are endless. For my husband (who loves the idea of an advent calendar), I include scratch off lottery tickets and his favorite chocolates! See, it isn’t just for kids!
Enjoy your advent holiday and make a little fun for the family!
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