Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Advent Calendars

If you're already counting down the days to Christmas, one thing that you should do now is order an advent calendar. In my family we always saved our advent calendars from year to year, and we would hang the pretty ones from past years on the walls.

Advent calendars are available in such a wide range of styles. I just found hundreds of them while shopping online. Here are a few of my favorites and where you can find them.

KidKraft Advent Calendar - $68.99 and Free Shipping at AllChildrensFurniture.com

Made from a beautiful hardwood, this advent calendar is made to endure for not just years but for generations. Each day that passes reveals a tiny piece of a nativity scene.
KidKraft Advent CalendarKidKraft Advent Calendars
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Advent Calendar - $15.95 at The Met Store

For a more sophisticated take on the advent calendar, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers some exquisite options that echo the feeling of Christmas inside the Met, with the huge Met Christmas tree and its choirs of angels. Right now you can buy two advent calendars for under $25.

The Met Advent CalendarChocolate Advent Calendar - $10.95 at Vermont Christmas Co.

When I was a kid, my favorite advent calendars were the ones filled with toys or chocolate. I was pleased to find that Vermont Christmas Co. has a few different chocolate advent calendar options, and for just under $11 each! The chocolate trays inside these advent calendars can be reused the next year by melting some good chocolate and then pouring it into each of the shapes on the tray and letting them cool. When they're fully cooled, you can pop them out of the tray and package them in cellophane bags for a cute & easy hostess gift for holiday parties.

Advent Calendar Cottage Kit
- $14.99 at Martha Stewart Crafts

With this kit you can easily make a 3D Christmas cottage advent calendar. This looks like a fun project to do with kids and they'll love that you can hide their favorite candies or small toys in the compartments. Martha Stewart Crafts also has a lot of other great holiday craft materials and projects, so you can stock up on snowflake hole punches and gingerbread house kits while you're at it. (image top)

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