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Good morning friends and a happy Saturday morning to you. I am snuggled in bed on this cool morning with my pups, a book and a cup of tea. Today we are headed out on a little day trip to see the fall colors and perhaps visit a few antique shops. Tomorrow is Halloween, I cannot wait to see the kids in their costumes and all of their happy little faces.
The Best Advent Calendars of 2021
Today it is all about Advent Calendars, I know it is still fall but I am ready for some holiday cheer and at my house an Advent Calendar is one of the first things to come out of the Christmas closet.
Yesterday afternoon on Instagram it was like a Christmas switch flipped on and my entire feed was filled with Christmas mantles, stockings, and more. I completely understand why people are posting earlier than normal, the supply chain issues are going to cause havoc this Christmas. Honestly I like to shop early. I typically shop all year for gifts and then by the time December rolls around I am in full out Santa’s bakeshop mode.
Advent calendars are one of my favorite Christmas traditions, for as far back as I can remember we always had an advent calendar. Sometimes they were the little ones that had a beautiful Victorian Christmas village or Santa’s workshop and behind every window was a little piece of chocolate.
Other years there were large wall size ones with little pockets filled with treats or ornaments. Now days you can get all sorts of calendars, from the little chocolates to Diptique candle calendars. You can spend a little or a LOT on one from a store or you can make a beautiful DIY version.
Advent Calendars for the Tabletop.
Home for the Holidays red and white wood calendar.
Wall Hanging Advent Calendars
Food And Drink Advent Calendars
I ordered this advent calendar for a few family members and they love it. If you love jelly/jam you better order this early because this sells out every year. I was reading a friends blog recently and they mentioned they purchased two because they already started eating the jelly.
DIY Advent Calendars
Another great option is a DIY calendar, Pinterest is filled with DIY ideas that you can make with your kids or just make one and surprise them with it on December first.
I love the idea of wrapping 25 Christmas books, placing them in a basket and reading one each night before Christmas. I have been sharing books on my posts the last few weeks but I also have this post I wrote a few years ago that has 25 books your kids and grandkids will love.
A wood board with round wood pieces decorated with snowflakes or other Christmas figures is an easy calendar to make. Cottage on Bunker Hill did a beautiful job.
Another easy and affordable option is to decorate cloth bags, fill them with treats and hang them from string or ribbon. You could hang this from a staircase, mantle and more. This beautiful version is from Celebrate Creativity.
I love this creative and simple advent calendar made by Marianne of Ey to Zee Creative.
You could order two of these cardboard villages and decorate them, if you did not have a circuit machine or want to cut them out yourself.
As I said there are so many creative ways to count down the days to Christmas. I hope that you have a wonderful day and thank you for spending a little of your morning with me.
Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend.