Our favorite Advent Calendars

Happy December, Modern Burlap family! How was everyone's Thanksgiving? We're bursting into December with a bit of exhaustion but also a sense of newfound energy at the same time. Does that make any sense to anyone but my family?! 

Are you guys familiar with Advent Calendars? These cute countdowns to Christmas have been around in Europe for ages but have recently made their way over here to all of us in the States within the last couple of years, and we are LOVING them!

Advent Calendars come in so many different forms and styles but  "many take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows", of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to and including Christmas Eve. Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas, beginning on December 1. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, a poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus), or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item." Traditionally, Advent is the season leading up to Christ's birth, so many Christian's use Advent Calendars to coincide with their Advent devotionals. We love the idea of telling the story of Christmas through an Advent Calendar and daily devotionals for littles. We have some friends who fill their Advent Calendars with special bite size chocolates for each day and we know others who mix it up entirely - some days are small gifts and other days are letters to their kiddos or a fun joke. However you choose to fill your Advent Calendar, we've rounded up a few of our favorites below:

DIY Advent Calendar

This one from Oh Happy Day
 gets our vote for the cutest Advent Calendar around this season! We love that this one could double up as a tabletop or mantle display.

Easy DIY Advent Calendar

If you're short on time or looking for a project to do with your littles, then this one from Rue Magazine is perfect. With a little bit of twine, a few kraft paper bags, and a stencil and paint or simply just a marker, you've got a stylish and easy Advent Calendar. 

Our Favorite Advent Calendar's

If you're looking for more of a focal point calendar, then this one from My Sisters Suitcase is perfect - plus we love how interactive this one feels! I can already see our toddler getting so excited to move the mini wreath to each new day.

DIY Advent Calendar

This gorgeous calendar is from a Dutch blog that we just discovered and you can easily replicate it in your own home this Christmas. They've included each date as a printable for you! We love that you can use the cute dates to customize this one as much as you like. What would you put in the kraft bags?!

This one
is for all of our fellow simplicity lovers out there. How gorgeous is the sleek design and the neutral colors? 


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