advent calendars

One of my strongest Christmas tradition memories from growing up are the years when my brother and I were young and we counted down the days until Christmas on the felt advent calendar that hung on the yellow door to our cellar.  I tried to get my mom to dig it out of storage to show you, but she can’t find it.  Gotta get her organized!  Anyway, I can’t remember what color the background was but I know it had a green felt Christmas tree sewn on it.  Each day was a different felt object that we pinned on the tree and read about the significance of that object, a star or dove or heart, etc…  We counted down the days until Jesus’ birth and each object meant something special.

Here’s a pretty good run down of the history of the advent calendar.

Whether you’re counting down the days until Santa arrives, Jesus’ birthday or for any other reason, there are a ton of great advent calendars available now.

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from Pid.se to put small gifts or truffles in.

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stocking from Pottery Barn Kids.   I think Cameron is giddy from too many gifts.

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Cottage Kit from Martha Stewart, in the tudor style!

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Countdown to Christmas from Garnet Hill.

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patterns for felt pockets each holding a square of chocolate by Jenny B. Harris at allsorts.  So sweet!

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This is similar to the advent calendar my mom made.  This one from CDK.

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A cute nativity calendar for kids also from CDK.

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And from Etsy seller doullina a Figgy Pudding Snowman Advent Calendar.

Find imported German wall-hung advent calendars here from traditional German towns to nativity scenes.

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