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Advent Calendars for Kids


I remember the anticipation of Christmas coming and how long it seemed to take to arrive. Sharing in an advent calendar with your children will build the excitement and give them something special to look forward to each day. Here are my top picks for Advent Calendars for kids to countdown to Christmas with a surprise for every day. For a fun online advent calendar, see my "Countdown to Christmas" Advent Calendar.

1. Advent Calendar: With 24 Minibooks You Can Use to Decorate Your Tree

Beverly Hernandez

For each of the first 24 days of December, there is a 10-page minibook that relates a Bible story, offers a special prayer or Psalm, or features a Christmas song. Once you read each little book, you can then hang it on your Christmas tree by its golden loop.

2. Jesse Tree Advent Activity Calendar

Jesse Tree Advent Activity Calendar
Beverly Hernandez

The perfect way to teach kids the true meaning of the holidays! The kit includes 24 paper ornaments with Biblical passages on back for hanging each day of Advent. The included 16-page booklet explains the Jesse Tree tradition. Ornament size, 3.5" diameter.

3. Advent Calendar on DVD

Advent Calendar on DVD
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Make this Christmas season special with the Advent Calendar on DVD. This DVD contains 25 mini-documentaries (3 to 5 minutes each) that take viewers on an entertaining yet informative journey through the Advent season. Just pop the DVD into your player each night of December, then gather around and watch the fun.


4. LEGO City Advent Calendar

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Open a door each day from December 1st through 24th to find a little LEGO holiday model. Once a week, combine the smaller models into a bigger one using the instructions provided. Includes 9 mini figures and inspiration for creating a holiday city scene.

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5. Old-Time Christmas Village Sticker Advent Calendar

Kids count down to Christmas by filling in the landscape of a lovely Victorian-era village with quaint shops, cottages, and other buildings. A sticker is added each day until they add the Christmas tree in the town square on December 25th.

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