Counting Down til the Holidays With Creative Advent Calendars

What better way to count down the days until Christmas than with an Advent Calendar.
Today, most Advent Calendars include paper doors that open to reveal an image, or piece of chocolate. The tradition dates to the mid-19th century, when German Protestants made chalk marks on doors or lit candles to count the days leading up to Christmas.

As a child I always had one with the pretty pictures and waited until the December 25th where I could upgrade to the big square. As I grew older I grew into the daily chocolate surprises. Now there are so many more options to make the countdown to Christmas all the more exciting. Who doesn’t love a daily special surprise and not just for the children. From beauty products to chocolate, to diy to 24 days of exotic tea, here are some cool and creative Advent Calendars for 2016.

Cookie Advent Cookbook

Create new cookie-baking traditions with the Cookie Advent Cookbook with 24 Festive Recipes. Starting on December 1 through Christmas Eve, the cover of the book invites readers to peek under an ornament flap to discover the cookie of the day-then turn the pages to find the appropriate recipe. Beginner and experienced bakers alike will enjoy these simple recipes for homemade cookies counting down to December 25.

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Celebrate the holidays with LEGO® City

Get the LEGO® holiday spirit in 24 new and exciting ways! The LEGO® City Advent Calendar features 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season, including Santa’s sleigh and presents, a snow scooter, Christmas tree, helicopter, shop, cookie stand and much more. Includes several different builds, 7 mini figures and a dog.


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The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar (2016 Edition)

Drinks by the Dram have introduced an Advent Calendar which is entirely dedicated to Scotch whisky! Within this handsome box you’ll find 24 different 3cl drams of whisky from Scotland, including single malts, single grains, blends and blended malts! From powerfully peaty expressions to well-sherried malts to vanilla-rich grains and more – what a way to count down to Christmas!!!


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Tea Time

Count down the days to deliciousness with David`s Tea 24 days of Tea. This magical tea-filled Advent Calendar delivers a delicious new surprise every day. Behind each door hides a single serving of tea. No peeking! The surprise is worth it.


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Discover L’OCCITANE’s homage to beauty

A captivating L’OCCITANE Advent Calendar with 24 exclusive gifts for a fun way to beautify the countdown to the holidays. Treat yourself to a must-have skin care, bath and body, or hand care gift every day with this Advent Calendar. Open all 24 château doors and find a surprise hidden behind each one.


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Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar

Can`t go wrong with chocolate. This gorgeous 2016 Advent Calendar depicts a whimsical vintage winter carnival featuring stylistic snow covered rides over a frosty teal backdrop. Inside each of the 24 drawers is a tasty surprise. Plus added bonus you can keep this Advent Calendar for future use!


Image Source: Purdys Chocolates, Available at: Purdys Chocolates

LANCÔME 24 Beauty Wishes Advent Calendar

Celebrate this Holiday countdown with Lancôme and an exclusive with Hudson`s Bay. Share the excitement of discovering a different Lancôme trial size product every day.


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Colouring Craze

Relax and be creative with choice of color and create something lovely and unique while reducing the anxiety leading up to Holidays. This fold-out advent colouring calendar features a black and white street scene, colour a bit each day in the run-up to Christmas. There are doors and windows to open daily, and lots of friendly mice to spot. Stand up to create a festive display, or fold away like a book for storage.


Photo Source: Indigo, Available at: Indigo

For the DIY enthusiast

From bags to bundles these are just a few simple diy Advent Calendars that you can create your own little magic to the season. Count down to Christmas with an Advent Calendar you and the kids can create. Customize them to your own theme and daily surprises from treats to simple messages.


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LOVE this “adult” Advent Calendar! Inside each envelope you can add something for to do together each day leading up to Christmas like watch a Holiday movie, go for a walk, candle light dinner etc.


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However you are counting down the days…

Enjoy and have some fun!

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Tina Holmes

Home decor + reno enthusiast, lover of wine, food, a good laugh. Producer of Toronto Home Shows, cottage dweller & cycling addict

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