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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

colorful felt advent calendar with pockets cloth advent calendar with fun designs
Happy Hanukah advent calendar mittens advent calendar made of felt
Happy Hanukkah advent calendar with felt candlesnativity advent calendar made of cloth

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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advent calendar box with drawerspersonalized advent calendar house
interactive nativity advent calendaradvent calendar by byers choice looks like a christmas tree
nativity advent calendar in a box chocolate nativity advent calendar

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
magnetic advent calendar homenademagnetic advent calendar from etsy
homemade advent calendar idea with ephermaadvent calendar countdown

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
lego city advent calendarplaymobil advent calendar
advent calendar stickers

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

About the Author

Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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