DIY Holiday Advent Calendar

November 29, 2013

Have you ever tried to give a young child some perspective of “time”? It’s a completely frustrating task. It goes something like this:

Mommy when is Christmas gonna be here?

Christmas is in December, sweetie.

When is December?

It’s when it gets cold out and snows.

Is December gonna be after this night-night?

No….its after Halloween, and after Thanksgiving…. and then about a month later it’s Christmas.

So how many night-nights is Christmas gonna be here?

A lot.

How many fingers is that mommy?

It’s all your fingers, and all your toes, and all your fingers one more time.

Is that tomorrow Mommy?

Go ask your Daddy. Maybe he can explain it better than me!

So you see where I am going with this? December is going to be L.O.N.G if I have to explain how much more time we have to wait until Santa is coming. Therefore, I made a little DIY holiday advent calendar to provide my kids with a visual of the number of days left til the big man’s grande arrival.

Instead of giving a piece of candy to my kids each day, I decided we should do a fun, holiday-inspired activity. I think this will be fun AND will give us something to during the dreaded witching hour. So consider your witching hours for the month of December planned!!

Here is what you need:

clothes pins (I got these mini numbered ones at Terrain)

Twine or string

colored card stock (or a printer)

Metallic pens or other markers

….and this little list I made:Christmasactivties

Feel free to print and cut…. or, you can do like I did and have your husband handwrite each one on little bitty pieces of card stock.


Here is how I am going execute this advent:

Each day one of my kids will reach into the golden mason jar and pick a card (with the exception of the first day, because we have to meet the Elf on the Shelf on December 1st.)goldenjar

We will clip up one card per day like so:


The remaining days are free game so I placed an order on Amazon and stocked up on all of the supplies needed to be ready for every activity:

ALEX® Toys – Craft Very Merry Ornaments 189X
Create-a-treat Gingerbread House Kit, Deluxe Model
Wilton Holiday Grippy Cookie Cutters, Set of 4
Bob’s Original Red & White Candy Canes 12ct.
The Polar Express
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with North Pole Blue Eyed Boy Elf, with Bonus “An Elf Story” DVD

(Whoah, organized! I know. I’m sort of impressed with myself too.)

The remaining stuff is most likely stuff you have laying around (i.e paper, stuff to make cookies, oats, glitter etc…)

What do you think? Do you do a holiday advent? I’d love to hear your other ideas!



  • Natalie
    November 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I’m totally doing this! Great idea!!

  • casey leigh
    November 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    i hope you call me when its time for jingle bells!

  • AwesomelyOZ
    November 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    My son loves calendars! I saw a really nice one at Starbucks, go figure! 🙂 I’m considering getting him one since he loves sweets (what kid doesn’t?) and its a fun way to build up anticipation for Christmas! Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving! -Iva

  • Courtney
    November 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Love this list! I saw an advent where you read a scripture verse every night about Christmas. I am looking forward to doing this with Noah so he understands why we celebrate Christmas. Here is the link if you are interested.

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