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Free Advent Calendar Printable


I haven’t been ready to jump into the Christmas fun yet; it’s a rough transition going from pumpkin to peppermint!  I keep seeing all the super cute ‘Elf of a Shelf’ ideas and for about 30 seconds I consider going to buy one… but then I remember I have a newborn 3 month old, I’m back to work full-time, building a house, considering going back to school, and I just can’t handle that level of commitment right now.

So instead I wanted to create something fun, and easier to manage, that could still become a tradition in our family.  Advent calendars are popping up all over Pinterest, so I decided to join the fun!

I’ve created a FREE Advent Calendar Printable for you!  You can either use my ideas, or use the blank template to write in your own.  I liked the idea of doing Christmas activities and experiences, instead of candy or trinkets.

You can download the files here:

Note: You will need BOTH, but can pick and choose what you need to actually print from the instructions file.

Here are the activities I have created for the next 24 days:

  1. Watch a Christmas movie
  2. Decorate cookies
  3. Go look at Christmas lights
  4. Make an ornament
  5. Enjoy a Christmas treat
  6. Open one present (This will be our Christmas pajamas that we do every year!)
  7. Stay up late 15 minutes
  8. Decorate the tree
  9. Unwrap a book to read
  10. Make hot chocolate
  11. Write a letter to Santa (Need a template for that? Check out my free printable!)
  12. Read about the birth of Jesus
  13. Make holiday cards
  14. Take cookies to our local heroes (We take cookies to our local firefighters and police)
  15. Attend a holiday event
  16. Make a treat for a neighbor
  17. Donate a toy or other item (I plan to “adopt an angel” so I added a few of these to our list)
  18. Eat a piece of candy
  19. Get donuts with Dad
  20. Read two stories at bedtime
  21. Donate a coat or other item
  22. Help wrap presents
  23. Donate a pair of shoes or other item
  24. Sing Christmas songs

The instructions are all included with the printable attachment.  You will need 2 sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper and 3 sheets of 8.5×11 scrapbook paper.  (If you don’t have that size, just cut a 12×12 to fit).

Tip! When you are printing the paper, keep in mind that these will be folded in half, so make sure you not only print on the correct side of the paper, but also that it is in the direction you need so the “pretty side” is what you see when it’s all done.  Clearly I didn’t think of this in time, and now my snowmen are upside down.  Sigh.

I made the circles 2″ thinking that would be perfect for my handy-dandy Martha Stewart circle punch… you know, not to be confused with the handy-dandy Martha Stewart 1.5″ circle punch that I actually own.  Double sigh!

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait for BellaRoo to see it tomorrow!  I’d love to hear your ideas for different activities you plan to include!

Gloria // Simply Gloria

Friday 13th of December 2013

This is the cutest advent calendar ever! I wanted to tell you that I am featuring your printable at the Show Stopper Saturday bright and early in the morning, Emily! Hope you have a great weekend! (=

Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie

Thursday 12th of December 2013

Great advent calendar! Thanks for sharing this great project at The Pin Junkie. It was featured in this week’s Christmas craft roundup. I hope you’ll stop by to grab a featured button and share your best Christmas recipes at tonight’s party for another chance to be featured! Wishing you very happy holidays!

Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy

Monday 9th of December 2013

Pinned this adorable calendar, thanks for linking up at Showcase Your talent!


Monday 2nd of December 2013

So Cute!


Friday 30th of November 2012

This is a great list, love the tradition! :)

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