30+ Advent Calendar Ideas

8 more Mondays until Christmas!

It's the week before Halloween, but I have Christmas on my brain already (don't worry- I haven't started decorating yet).  Today, I am considering Advent Calendars, Christmas Count-downs, Advent Wreaths, and the like.  Usually, people start their Christmas-preparations on the first of December, which is only five weeks away.  A month seems like a long time, but it's not if you plan on crafting a fun countdown.  I've found lots of ideas for you to consider.  There are so many on here I like that I have no idea which one I'm going to make for my own family.

I hope you enjoy the lists and happy crafting!

Jesse Trees to Make

During the last few years, we've been using the Jesus Storybook Bible to walk us through the ornaments of the Jesse Tree.  The ornaments take us through the major stories of the Old Testament and shows us how the whole Bible points to Jesus!

- Print and Color Ornaments (Do Small Things With Love)

- Jesus Storybook Bible Prinable Ornaments (Kelleighratzlaff)

- Printable Scripture Cards (I Should Be Mopping the Floor)

- Jesus Storybook Bible Devotions (In Our Pond)

- Jesse Tree Project  (Wild Ginger Dolls)

- Felt Ornaments (Mandy Pelton)

- Nativity Calendar Pattern (Etsy)

- Jesus Storybook Bible Cards (Faith Gateway)

- Names of Jesus Signs (Today's Fabulous Finds)

- Adult Coloring Names of Jesus Ornaments
      (A Lively Hope)

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Countdowns to DIY

If a Jesse Tree isn't your style, I also found a bunch of other types of countdown.  Most of these are non-religious.

- Shoe Holder (Simpy Kelly B)

- Wood Block (A Day in My Life)

- Winter Activities (All Things Simple)

- Christmas Movies a night (Pinterest)

- Snowman Circle Calendar (Inspiration Made Simple)

- Story a Night (Simply Sara)

- Jesus-Centered Book-a-Night (Jessie Weaver)

- Magnetic Gift Tins (Twig and Thistle)

- Candy Canes (Jean's Crafty Corner)

- Kind Deeds (Happier Homemaker)

- Christmas Angel (Wellness Mama)

- Truth in the Tinsel (website)

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Advent Wreaths

My early elementary years were spent at a Lutheran school.  It's where I did a lot of Bible memorization, learned the hymns, and was introduced to the advent wreath.  I've had a soft spot in my heart for Advent Wreaths since those days.  There is something very special about lighting a candle every day.  Here are a few ideas:

- DIY pipe cleaner wreath (When Running Amok)

- hand print wreath (Adventuresome Family)

- Pillar Candles (Jolly Good Gal)

Advent Calendars For Sale

If crafting isn't your thing, I found a bunch of different styles and type of Advent calendars and Christmas countdowns to buy!

- Jesus Storybook Bible book (Amazon)

- Drawer Treat Countdown (Etsy)

- Lego City (Amazon)

- Cubie the Snowman Treat Countdown (Etsy)

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- Melissa and Doug Wood Tree (Amazon)

- Tabletop Village (Etsy)

- No Room in the Inn Nativity (Amazon)

- Jesse Tree Flat Ornaments (Etsy)

- Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Set (Amazon)

- Wood Cut Out Number Ornaments (Etsy)

- Peaceful Prince Chocolate Calendar (Amazon)

- Rustic Gift Countdown (Etsy)

- Stained Glass Nativity (Amazon)

- Countdown Sign (Etsy)

                                                            - Names of Jesus Word Ornaments (Family Life)

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