Creative Advent Calendars

Creative Advent Calendars

Over the years we have had lots of fun making all kinds of great Advent calendars! Here are some of our favourites!

A Books Calendar

This is a longer-term project that involves building up a collection of Christmassy books! Initially, we opened a book every two days during Advent as we did not have enough (and we had also added books with snow or winter themes too!). But I think we are now almost at 24! In late November I wrap up all our “advent” books (I put them away for the rest of the year so there is an element of surprise) in recycled tissue paper, fabric, pages from newspapers and magazines. I also use any old ribbons or bows from last year’s packaging! And then every day from December 1st, the children get to open a different Christmassy book! Each year I try to think which would be their favourite. And I try to buy a new one for the 24th so there’s a build-up of excitement! It is lovely to read a seasonal book each evening with my girls. It’s become one of our favourite traditions.

Here are some of our “top” children’s Christmas books:

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, Puffin Books

Dream Snow by Eric Carle, Philomel Books

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Andersen Press 

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht, Walker Books

Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Puffin Books

Christmas by Dick Bruna, Simon & Schuster

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg, Puffin Books

The Crayon’s Christmas by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, Harper Collins


A Candles Calendar

We love the idea of lighting a candle every evening during Advent, especially as the days get darker and we want to cuddle up and hibernate! You can use any candle you have at home, but we also love these three options:

Rowen and Wren’s Betti Advent Candle-Holder

Plum and Ashby x Polar Post The Believe Candle (to be lit on Christmas Eve)

Advent Candle Wreath Lucia


Create Your Own

There are many great ideas for Advent calendars that you can make at home with your children! Check out our Pinterest board for some fun ideas.


A Reusable Calendar

A great way to be sustainable and to keep up a tradition. There are a lot of beautiful ones out there or, if you are good at sewing, you could give it a go yourself! We have this lovely one by Burylune, and each year I fill it with some chocolate (of course!) but also with little notes and promises (for example, “Today let’s go for hot chocolate…with extra marshmallows!” or “Today let’s watch a Christmas movie”.)

Some other great Advent calendars you can buy are:

Meri Meri’s fantastic selection. We especially love their Nutcracker one.

And who wouldn’t want a biscuit a day from the Biscuiteers..? This one looks beautiful and is a collaboration with one of our favourite designers, Sophie Conran

Play in Choc is another favourite and the chocolate in this calendar is just divine!

Finally, we love this simple and classy Ferm Living option, perfect for adding lots of colour!

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