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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.
Glitter Houses Light Up Calendar
Meri Meri Nutcracker Theater Advent Calendar is perfect for the little girl in your life that loves ballet. This festive village is cute too.
Home for the Holidays red and white wood calendar.
Wall Hanging Advent Calendars
Colorful Wondershop Wall Calendar
Harry Pottery Lego calendar. There is also a Harry Potter pop-up calendar available.
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.
I could go on and on, there are Advent calendars filled with candy, Wedgwood porcelain, fragrance, make-up and more.
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.
LA CONTESSA says
I TOO HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ADVENT CALENDARS!IT WAS ALWAYS THE FIRST THING I BOUGHT THE BOYS…….I TOO SHOP YEAR ROUND FOR CHRISTMAS!AS I HATE BUYING A GIFT JUST TO BUY A GIFT!IT MUST SPEAK TO ME FOR THAT PERSON!NOW SOMETIMES I DO FORGET WHAT I HAVE PURCHASED!
I HAVE ONLY EATEN ONE BAG OF CANDY SO FAR!!!!
Hello dear Elizabeth! I hope that you are well. I miss seeing your blog but it is nice to see you on Instagram! I could not agree more, a gift is something special it is not just something to buy and tick off the list. What kind of candy have you been eating?
LA CONTESSA says
SNICKERS GOT WIPED OUT!!!
Wow! That is great, I can only imagine how cute the kids were. Hop you had a wonderful day Elizabeth.
Missy Noonan says
These are all so fun and beautiful! Hard to choose a favorite! Thank you!
Thank you Missy! Here are so many great choices.
Love Advent Calendars. We used to do the wreath too. Last year I got a really unique one from my sil. It was colorful cards that sat on a little easel you changed each day. When I unpack it I’ll share. Happy Saturday!
Regina, I would love to see your advent calendar! I am sure that is something that you could recreate and share on your blog, you are so incredibly talented.
We are finished with our gift shopping including the Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar for our Grands.
Your posts are so lovely and inspiring. It’s alway a treat to have them pop up in my “inbox”!
William Kendall says
Quite a variety.
Have a fabulous weekend William.
So many pretty ideas. I’m a huge fan of advent calendars. Every year I have one. Sometimes they’re homemade, but I also have a few that were store bought. I like shaking it up!
Kim, I think Advent calendars are the perfect way to start the holiday and there is so much nostalgia for them. I do not know many people, except for friends who are Jewish, that did not have them as kids.
I love Advent calendars and have fond memories of the ones my great-aunt would send to me and my brother each year from Germany. My niece turned 21 last year and I started a new tradition of giving her a wine advent calendar.
Paula, we had the same calendars from Germany! So many happy memories from “the good old days.” I hope you have a wonderful week.
Last year I bought myself a Palais des Thes Advent calendar and it was fun trying one of their new teas every day (that reminds me, I need to order their Christmas tea).
This year I bought a Godiva Advent calendar – looking forward to a chocolate and decaf espresso after dinner 🙂
Amy, I hope you enjoy you Godiva calendar along with your coffee, that sounds like the perfect way to end a long winter day. Have a wonderful day. Look up the Kusumi Tea for Christmas, it is delicious.
Rosemary Palmer says
I still buy more 35 yo son one of those chocolate calendars, but do buy a better chocolate now. Always fun.
My mom still buys us one too! I think it is a wonderful tradition.
Libbie Burling says
Love this collection!