Advent Calendars mean different things to different people. For some, an advent calendar is religious, signifying the countdown to the birth of Christ (the word advent means “coming,” as in, Christ is coming). Others just like to have a fun way to count how many days there are until Christmas.
You can make any of these calendars have either a fun meaning or a religious meaning. For example, you could fill each box with a Bible verse that tells a small portion of the Christmas story. You could also list different activities to do each day (like bake cookies, visit a Christmas tree farm, or watch a holiday movie). Filling the boxes with small pieces of candy or ornaments is also a fun way to spread Christmas cheer throughout the month of December.
Personally, we use ours as a tiny ornament holder. Each day, my daughter Monkey hangs the ornament from the day on her small Christmas tree.
But however you do it, these fun Christmas countdown calendars range from extremely simple, to fairly complicated to match whatever crafty level you are willing to attempt this year.
I love the little tins around the wreath. This wreath could be used year after year, if placed indoors away from rain and snow.
If you make this mini-muffin tin advent calendar, you are not a lazy mom.
This advent calendar is more involved than a lot of the calendars on this list, but it is made from sturdy materials and should last for several years or more. This project involves cutting out a lot of small pieces of felt, which could be fun as a family project.