Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar Gift Guide + More

Tis’ the season to start thinking about Christmas!  Today, I wanted to share a fun tradition we love, advent calendars.  Every year my mom gets each of my kids an advent calendar based on their interests.  Luckily, retailers have caught on to advent calendars and there are more options than ever.  Now’s the time to pick some up and they have some great options on Amazon!


Advent Activities for the Whole Family

If you are looking for an advent calendar for the whole family, try the Simple Purposeful Living Advent Activities Kit.  The kit comes with 43 pre-printed, perforated ideas for you to stick in a jar or your own felt advent calendar.  Enjoy the holiday season one day and one activity at a time with your family.  Buy yours here.


Advent Calendars for Toddlers

Little People Advent Calendar (find it here)

Playmobil 1, 2, 3 Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar (find it here)

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Advent Calendar (find it here)

Schleich Farm Animal Advent Calendar (find it here)

Advent Calendars for Preschoolers

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar (find it here)

Disney Jr. & Friends Advent Calendar (find it here)

Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Advent Calendar (find it here)

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar (find it here)

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar Tree (find it here)

Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar (find it here)

Play-Doh Advent Calendar (find it here)

Crayola Countdown to Christmas Activity Advent Calendar (find it here)

Cry Babies Magic Tears Ruthie Advent Calendar (find it here)

Dinosaur Figurines Advent Calendar (find it here)


Advent Calendars for School-Aged Children

Lego City Advent Calendar (find it here)

Playmobil Royal Ball Advent Calendar (find it here)

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego Friends Advent Calendar (find it here)

Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar (find it here)

Squishy Advent Calendar (find it here)

Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar (find it here)



Deliver Your Advent Calendar in a Special Way

If you have an Elf on the Shelf, your elf could bring an advent calendar on December 1st!  Advent Calendars make great gifts and help you enjoy and celebrate the Christmas season every single day!

Need Help Organizing Your Christmas Lists?


Before you go, here are a few posts I have shared to help you prepare for the Holidays –

10 Things To Do Now For Christmas

5 Tips To Keep You Sane This Christmas

Best Toddler and Preschool Toys Gift Guide



Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest


**This post contains affiliate links**


10 Fun and Easy Advent Activities for Families

Every morning during Advent my kids’ dash down the stairs to see what our special daily activity is in our little advent calendar hanging in the kitchen.  I love it too, I won’t lie.  Come Christmas day I am a little sad it’s all over.  So, I rounded up 10 of my favorite fun and easy Advent Activities for families so we could all enjoy the entire advent season with our families simply on purpose.

Don’t forget to pin this!

1.  Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Reading

We love the Jesus Storybook Bible!  If you don’t have it, you need to get it!  You can also get free printable cards with a daily reading from the bible that shares the reason for the season.   You can print off a set, laminate them so you can use them year after year and put them on a little ring.  Do a card nightly.  You can download your set here.

2.  Christmas Hymn Advent Calendar

Kristin at Maximizing Days created a Christmas Hymn advent calendar for her family.  She found a Christmas hymn for all 25 days and then every day they look up the song on Youtube and enjoy worshipping as a family.  You can read more about this activity here.

3.  Christmas Book Countdown

Amanda at Miss Sue Living wraps up 25 Christmas books for her family to open and read every evening.  She even shared how she simplified the wrapping process.  You can read more here.

4.  Shepherd on a Search

This box set comes with an illustrated storybook about the shepherd’s journey to find baby Jesus.  Hide the shepherd every day and the kids can have fun finding him.  Finally, on Christmas Day the shepherd finds baby Jesus in the manger.  You can get your set here.

25 Days of Christmas activities printable with advent calendar

5.  25 Days of Simple Family Christmas Activities

Spending time as a family enjoying the season is so important.  Download the printable 25 days of Christmas activities.  Some activities are bigger and better suited for the weekend like visiting Santa, driving through a light display or going to get hot cocoa in your jammies.  While there are plenty of small activities perfect for a busy weeknight.

At the beginning of the month, look at your calendar and plan out each day’s activities.  Place an activity in each little pocket of an advent calendar.  Here is a similar one.  You can get the 25 days of activities printable to do with your family by signing up here.

Make this cute advent calendar to house your activities.

6. Jesse Tree Activity

A Jesse Tree is an old tradition that is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas story.  Each day there is a daily Bible reading and you can hang an ornament that corresponds with the reading.  The first day talks about creation and you could hang an earth ornament on a little tree.

Ann Voskamp has a Jesse Tree interactive book.  Check out Wonder of the Greatest Gift.  Get your copy here.

7.  The Giving Manger

Celebrate the birth of Jesus by sparking the spirit of service this Christmas.  Every time someone in your family does an act of service or extends kindness, add another piece of straw to Jesus’ manger.  On Christmas day baby Jesus is placed in the manger full of love and service.  Get yours here.

8.  Advent Cards

All Good Things Collective has a set of 25 colorfully decorated cards with prompt or activity.  Each of the cards promotes connecting with others and with Christ.  You can get your set here.

The Kids Read Truth Advent Cards provide a short Scripture reading, questions, and illustrations. A perfect activity for dinner-time or bedtime.  Get your set here.

9.  Advent Wreath

Light the 4 candles of the advent wreath and usher in the light of the world, Jesus.  Check out this magnetic Advent wreath, it’s perfect for kids.  This post shares how you can make an easy advent wreath with your kids.

10. Knowing Him By Name Advent Calendar

Focus on the Family’s 2018 free advent devotional for families focuses on the names of Jesus and corresponding scriptures. The calendar also includes faith-based activities that will help kids develop understand who Jesus is.  Download your copy here.


Now, it’s time to enjoy the Advent season with your family and make sweet memories.  Remember, to avoid the inclination to try all these ideas.   This Christmas choose one simple, purposeful activity and remember the reason for the season with your family.  How do you celebrate the Advent season with your family?

You Might Also Like –

Advent Calendars for Kids Gift Guide

25 Days of Christmas Activities Printable


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

Let’s Connect | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Email Subscription


**This post contains affiliate links**

Linking up with LindsayBecky

Copyright © 2021 · Theme by 17th Avenue