I absolutely LOVED advent calendars when I was younger. We used to go to the local grocery store or Dollar Store and get the ones that had the pop-out window with chocolate in them. Boy, times have sure changed. These Advent calendars put my old ones to shame but they are also pretty amazing.
Advent is known as the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (more commonly recognized as the 1st December to Christmas Day). This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Advent Calendars for Kids
It’s also believed that the idea for advent calendars originated when protestant families would traditionally draw a chalk line every day of the month until Christmas Eve, for religious reasons as much as it was a way of counting down the days.
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In 1958 the very first chocolate advent calendar was put on the retail market and Chocoholics worldwide went bonkers!
Right now is the best time to grab your advent calendars. Some are on sale and many will be out of stock before too long. I always make sure I get my kids’ calendars before Halloween. It seems like after Halloween there is a mad dash to pick them up and at that point, the sale prices have ended and you are looking at slim pickings.
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Many of these Advent Calendars are great for anyone. Heck, I even bought myself one last year to make them a family affair every evening.
Little hands will love opening a can of play-doh a day in this one of a kind advent calendar!
Lego advent calendars are awesome. Every door to open has a building challenge behind it and the little gifts create a great scene on Christmas Day!
Better than 2,4,6 or 8; How about 24 Thomas and Friends surprises for young engineers.
With this advent calendar the day’s gifts come together to create a beautiful holiday city scene.
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Star Wars fans are going to love this advent calendar. It has 24 awesome days with minifigs, vehicles and more!
Toddlers will love this advent. It has 24 little friends that are perfect for dramatic play. Add some new friends to the mix every day for holiday fun!
Create a holiday scene for the Lego friends with this awesome advent calendar. It has minifigs, a tree and more included!
Santa’s workshop from Playmobil is bound to build excitement for little ones. Including woodland friends, an elf and Santa for 24 fun-filled surprises!
Everything is more fun with Minions; Christmas included! This set from Mega Bloks is perfect for kids who like to create!
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This advent has a variety of new cars, and other surprises that will thrill Hot Wheels fans up until Christmas.
Barbie fans will flip for this advent calendar which has 24 accessories like hairdryers, presents and more. This is perfect for any girl who may get a Dream House for Christmas.
This one is less about the gift and can be reused year after year. This calendar is great for counting practice for eager learners.
Reused this advent year after year. Fill the numbered drawers with your own goodies for a way to count down that will become a part of your family tradition for many years.
I love that this set has over 100 pieces for a fun way to count down! Featuring Santa, the elves and even a sleigh this is perfect for school-age kids.
Young farmers will be thrilled to open a new farm animal every morning. Counting down to Christmas becomes a chance to make a lot of farm friends with this advent calendar.
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Paw Patrol is on the case to make sure your Christmas is a friendly affair! Collect all of the friends for festive fun.
Popping into the countdown is Funko with this Marvel advent that is sure to be a huge hit with 24 fantastic minifigs.
Harry Potter fans are covered this year with these collectible Funko Pop minifigs. Open one a day this holiday season.
Squishy’s are awesome any time of the year, but knowing that you can open one a day until you get the elusive Santa squishy? Fabulous!
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Little learners are going to love this way to count down to the holidays while mastering number sequencing.
Open the doors to collect all of the Cars characters and a race track! This is perfect for building a playset over the holidays!
Monster High makes counting down to Christmas a scream for ghoul-ish little girls with this Mega Blok advent.
This is one impressive advent! Filled with real Precious Moments figurines, this calendar contains everything you need for an adorable holiday scene in years to come.
This calendar is filled with goodies for your feet in the theme of Fantastic Beasts. This brings counting on your toes to a new level.
Did you have an Advent Calendar when you were little?