Christmas is just around the corner, and many families are busy gearing up for the biggest holiday of the year. For some, the excitement begins to build well before Christmas morning – sometimes, even months in advance!
Now, I can’t get behind putting up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving, but I can support a good old-fashioned countdown to the big event. And while a paper chain can do the job just fine, I prefer something a little bit more fun and interactive – an advent calendar.
If you aren’t familiar with advent calendars, they’re essentially special calendars that we use to count down the days leading up to Christmas. Originally a religious practice, advent calendars have taken a life of their own and become a well-loved Christmas tradition in many homes. Each day, families gather and open the next door on the advent calendar, revealing a small gift – usually a sweet treat, but as you’ll soon see, people have gotten creative over the years!
Here are just a few of the fun and festive advent calendars you can buy:
- Love Harry Potter? Transport your whole family to Hogwarts this holiday season with this Harry Potter themed advent calendar! Each day leading up to Christmas, you’ll open a tiny door and reveal another little Funko figurine inspired by everyone’s favorite magical series.
- For an adult twist on this well-loved tradition, grab a wine advent calendar from Costco and treat yourself and the other 21+ family members in your home to a pour of something new!
- Give yourself the gift of relaxation with this spa-inspired advent calendar from L’Occitane. You’ll find 24 trial-sized beauty products hiding behind each door for a daily surprise.
- Tea-lovers won’t want to miss this advent calendar, which holds 25 different teas to try in the days leading up to Christmas! With holiday-inspired flavors like White Wonderland, Happy Holiday, and Gingerbread Treat, it’s the perfect way to sip into the season!
- For a fun and interactive advent calendar experience, buy one that’s empty and fill each little drawer and cupboard with a surprise of your own! Candy, little toys, small notes, and other trinkets will fit perfectly inside, and you’ll have just as much fun setting up the surprise as your little ones will have opening each door!
- Does your son or daughter love Build-A-Bear? They’ll have a blast with this advent calendar, which comes with 6 mini plush toys and 19 mini accessories to go with them.
- For a more traditional advent calendar that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no farther than America’s favorite candy company! Hershey’s makes an advent calendar that will let you and your family celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a sweet chocolate Kiss!
If you’re looking for a fun new tradition to start with your family, or a way to count down the final days leading up to Christmas, consider getting an advent calendar for your family! Whether you choose to count down the days with chocolate, toys, or something else, you’ll have a blast knowing the excitement of the holiday season is building with each day!