Did you have an advent calendar when you were a child? I have vivid memories of opening that little kids advent calendar each day in December. Back then, it felt as if December lasted for an eternity. What I wouldn’t give to get that feeling back. These days, the holidays fly by so fast that it’s hard to catch a breath, slow down and take just a moment to enjoy the memories as they are sailing past.
Since that little kids advent calendar was one of my favorite Christmas traditions, we’ve always had some of them in our home. In fact, one that we have in our home was made for me as a child by my grandmother. And you can still find the pattern for them in a few spots online. It’s called a “Berry Merry Christmas” advent calendar, and it’s one that I’m sharing with you all today.
I’ve put together 15+ of my favorite kids advent calendars for you. Some are lighted. Some play music and even tell the Christmas story. One constant theme throughout is that these are advent calendars that can be used year after year. They aren’t the paper disposable ones with chocolate in them. These are advent calendars that will become part of your annual Christmas traditions.
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This pudgy little stuffed snowman is irresistible, isn’t he? This is a new advent calendar this year, and if I didn’t own about 4 advent calendars already, this guy would be ordered straight away.
We have an older version of this calendar, and it’s beautiful…and also has held up really well over the years. The colors are really vibrant, and you can personalize it with your family name. The kids love this one.
We have this Kurt Adler advent calendar, but an older version. It is musical, and each time a door is opened, it tells a small story about one part of the Christmas story. A simple and beautiful way to share the meaning of Christmas with the little ones. This is my youngest’s absolute favorite item to take out of the Christmas boxes each year.
5.) Kurt Adler Tree
Kurt Adler has a bunch of beautiful advent calendars. Some are lighted, others musical.
Also a Kurt Adler design. This beautiful and simple wooden advent calendar is battery-operated and illuminates.
My mom found these Lego advent calendars this year. I had no idea they made such things! She actually got the boys the Star Wars version. They are really excited to start counting down with it this year, since they are absolutely CRAZY about all things Lego! If you have a Lego lover, you may want to give these a look!
And Mom bought one of these for my daughter this year. She’s also super excited to break into this in December!
I really like this fabric version of a classic nativity advent calendar.
Isn’t this 3D treehouse advent calendar SO CREATIVE?! I just love it!! The description says this one is able to be used year after year like the others in this post. Not only that, you can personalize this one, too!
I found this kids advent calendar on Etsy, and I just thought it was absolutely beautiful.
Anything remotely “farmhouse” is super popular right now. Well, this palette-esque rustic wood tree is perfectly farmhouse with its’ sweet and neutral advent bags.
I love this little wooden gingerbread advent calendar. And the fact that you can personalize it makes it all the cuter.
My little farmer-to-be would LOVE this farmhouse advent calendar. Isn’t it precious with all these little farmhouse animals?
Another farmhouse-y advent calendar option. Not specific for kids, necessarily…this one is great for all, and can grow up as your kiddos do since the buckets can be filled with anything from Legos to iTunes cards.
This 1980’s vintage advent calendar is very dear to me. My grandmother sewed one for us when I was a child, and we’ve used it in my family every year since. When she died last year, I was able to find several of these patterns so I could sew one for each of my siblings, and for one of my best friends from college.
There are still a few of them available here and there, so grab one if you’re able (I’ve linked a source)! You do have to sew this, but it’s not a hard sewing project at all. The instructions are on the pattern (as you can see in the image below).
The little stuffed bear that you sew moves around the house each day of December, until he finally finds Christmas in his family room, amongst his family ?. It’s just the cutest.
Hope that I’ve shown you some fun advent calendar ideas for those kiddos. Opening an advent calendar is truly one of my favorite Christmas traditions, and I hope that one of these calendars can make it one in yours, as well, if it’s not already. Happy holidays!!