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Complete Resource for the Best Advent Calendars

By Isabel Kallman

Tis the season. Growing up the Advent Calendar tradition was not one followed by my or my friend’s families. However, I am a sucker for traditions and now that my son is a preschooler, I am slowly integrating lots of them into our lives.

So what is the history of the Advent Calendar? Why, thank you Wikipedia.

Advent Calendars are an investment and depending on your storage capacity, you need to decide between cloth advent calendars that can be easily rolled up or wooden box advent calendars that, duh, require more space. Golly, there are even play toy Advent Calendars. These all allow for a small gift to be inserted in the pockets or windows.

Then, there are the Magnetic Board Advent Calendars that allow for tradition, but without the commercialism of providing presents at all times (save for the nativity and Hanukkah calendars where manger items or candles, respectively, are included in the boxes or pockets).

Cloth Advent Calendars


1) Modern Seed for $46. 2 & 3) Christmas $69 and Hanukkah $39 Calendars available at Land of Nod
4 & 5) Mitten $69 and Hanukkah Calendars from The Company Store, 6) Nativity Advent Calendar $39.95 at Catholic Supply

Advent Calendar Boxes
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1 & 2) Advent Calendar Box $84 and Ornament Tree $98 from Chasing Fireflies, 3) Advent Box $69 from The Company Store, 4) Advent House $99 from Pottery Barn Kids, 5) Interactive Nativity Advent Calendar $80 at Little Wonderland, 6) Tree Advent Calendar $75 from Byer’s Choice. 7) Nativity Advent Calendar $39.95 at Catholic Supply, 8) Divine Chocolate Nativity Advent Calendar $7.50 from A Greater Gift.

Magnetic Advent Calendars

All Calendars available on Etsy. 1) Snowman $15, 2) Magnetic Tray $25, 3) Cookie Sheet Calendar $28, 4) Shadow Box Calendar $31.

Toy Advent Calendars

1) Lego Advent Calendar Toy $25, 2) Playmobil Advent Calendar Toy $17, 3) Sticker Nativity Advent Calendar $6.95 at The Printery House.

Isabel Kallman
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  • Angella

    November 16, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    We always did the chocolate ones (from the store) growing up.
    My Mom buys the same ones for my kids every year, but I’ve been thinking that I’d like to do one that is more “creative”.
    Thanks for this 🙂

  • pnuts mama

    November 17, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    at the risk of sounding like a religious stick-in-the-mud, i just wanted to add that advent is an important season in the church’s liturgical calendar- it signifies the four weeks before christmas that we as christians ready ourselves for the coming event of christ’s birth, which is the actual point of christmas to begin with, *not* a secular countdown to santa, which is what most of these calendars seem to imply.
    i’m only bringing this up because traditionally, an advent calendar is a depiction of the nativity scene- each day is a tab the when opened, tells another part of the nativity story (often with quotes from scripture)- it’s used as a teaching tool for parents to teach their kids about the story of jesus’ birth, and the characters involved, etc. growing up we always used cardboard and paper ones that folded out into elaborate structures often in the shape of the nativity scene.
    i say this with the deepest respect: i think that especially if you are going to include “hanukkah calendars”, the least you could do for a truly “complete” resource is include the advent calendars that are specifically religious, not merely secular examples of how companies target our children and twist religious holidays into consumeristic free-for-alls. i just think it’s important to honor the reason for the holiday and the tradition to begin with.
    thanks, and i’m really sorry if it came off as being snarky, which was not my intent, but as a practicing catholic with a little one i’m so much more aware of how this holiday has been hi-jacked by folks who couldn’t care less about it’s meaning.

  • Isabel Kallman

    Isabel Kallman

    November 17, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Pnuts Mama,
    These are excellent and valid points. I have now included some nativity scene advent calendars.

  • pnuts mama

    November 18, 2007 at 1:15 am

    awesome! if this is ok, here is a link to a page that lists both calendars and wreaths and resources for advent:
    and for the fair-trade minded folks:
    i re-read my comment and i didn’t mean to imply that *you* didn’t care about the meaning of christmas, more the companies that profit from over-the-top religious-free stuff that is turning the holiday into a secular celebration of, i don’t know, at the worst, greed and consumerism, at the best, a grasp at some way to celebrate *something* significant, even if we don’t want to attach the religion to it?
    i’m hardly a religious zealot, we have plenty of non-religious stuff for christmas in our house, santa is more than welcome as an awesome symbol of god’s unconditional love for us, but i guess now that i’m a mama, i sort of realize just how secular this holiday has become and how hard it will be to try and balance that for my kid, so we remember what we are celebrating to begin with.
    thanks again.

    • Marie

      November 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      You go, Pnuts Mama! As a practicing Catholic, I totally agree and feel so relieved someone pointed all what you wrote out!
      Blessings to you and everyone. Thanks for putting together the list, Isabel.

  • Isabel Kallman

    Isabel Kallman

    November 18, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks again, Pnuts Mama.
    It is truly a complete resource with your thoughts and links provided!

  • Belinda

    November 24, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Great finds, everyone. I especially love the Little Wonders box calendar!