Advent Calendars

Growing up, and even today, Advent has been a big deal in our family.  Counting down each day to Christmas has been a special tradition that we probably cherish more than the big day itself.

Martha Stewart

When we were younger, my sister and I would share an Advent wreath.  We would take turns, opening a small gift every other day from December 1st to the 24th.  Nothing extravagant, when we were little we might unwrap a bottle of green or red glitter, perhaps a festive pair of socks.  When we were a little older there might've been a new tube of mascara or Christmas earrings.  There certainly was always chocolate!

Julie Ree via Kim Vallee

Over the years, our Advent calendars have taken different forms - boxes, baskets, trees, stockings. But each one has brought with it the joy of the season.

Skip to My Lou

Advent calendars remain one of our favourite parts of the season -  calendars you can fill with gifts or surprises of your own choosing.

Canadian Living

Do you celebrate Advent in your family?  We've included images of some of our favourite handmade Advent calendars from around the web for inspiration - click the images to be directed to instructions.

Sweet Paul

Looking for little gifts to add to your Advent calendar, or for stocking stuffers?  Omiyage has a wonderful selection of paper balloons, petite rubber stamps, mini origami paper and more!