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21 Christmas Advent Calendars

21 Christmas Advent Calendars - Events To Celebrate

Since I have a love for any type of Christmas Advent Calendar or countdown calendar, I asked a bunch of my blogging friends to send me those they have done in the past so I could share them with you. There are some really incredible and fun ideas! I originally thought I may stick with one and use it over and over, but there are so many great ideas that I may make my tradition to do a different Christmas advent calendar each year!

If you’re looking for one that has a focus on service and Jesus Christ, be sure to check out the 24 days of service I created for my own family. As you complete an act of service, you’ll flip the card over to reveal a part of the nativity image. When you’re all done you’ll see the full nativity picture and hopefully along the way you felt the true spirit of Christmas!

Christmas Service Advent Calendar

These Christmas Advent Calendars are all DIY in some way. Some are super simple and others allow you to get a little crafty, but I’d say within this collection, you’re sure to find something that will fit perfectly for your style and family needs! Just click on a photo below to be taken to the blog where you’ll learn more about any particular calendar or countdown.



Thanks to the great blogs who contributed: The Real Housewives of Riverton, Housewife Eclectic, Over The Big Moon, Utah Coupon Deals, Artsy Fartsy Mama, The Happy Scraps, What’s Up Fagans, Sweet Bellaroos, Mommy is Coocoo, Just Us Four, Happiness Is Homemade, Pretty Providence, Chipping With Charm, Designers Sweet Spot, Dukes and Duchesses, Sunlit Pages, If Only They Would Nap, Spell Out Loud, Snap Creativity 


Christmas Advent Calendar – Acts of Service

Christmas Service Advent Calendar

I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about doing random acts of kindness on your birthday (like this, this, and this). Since my birthday happens to be in December I thought that would be a great way to celebrate, but wanted to expand it a bit more to help us get into the holiday spirit as a family. So for our Christmas Advent Calendar this year we are going to do random acts of kindness and service.

Christmas Advent Calendar - Service Calendar

Step 1: 

I purchased a large nativity print by Simon Dewey called “And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful” from Deseret Book. I couldn’t find in their online store the exact print, but any nativity print would work. 

I trimmed it to fit the frame that I was going to put it inside of (on top of the glass). You could also just mount this on a poster board or bulletin board of some sort.

Christmas Advent Calendar - Random Acts of Kindness

Christmas Service Advent Calendar - Service

Step 2:

I cut the picture into 24 equal pieces and then designed my acts of service in Microsoft Publisher to be about that same size and printed them out. My squares ended up being about 2″ x 2 1/4″ but the size of yours will depend on what frame you use.

Christmas Service Advent Calendar - DIY Calendar

Step 3:

After cutting the acts of service and gluing them onto the back of the nativity picture pieces, I added a few glittered rub-ons to add a little bit of something fun and sparkly.

Christmas Service Advent Calendar - Service each day

Step 4:

Since tape may tear the paper, I used this Removable Mounting Poster Putty to mount the squares onto the glass of my picture frame. Now, as we complete an act of service we will turn the piece over and eventually will see the whole picture of the nativity.

Christmas Service Advent Calendar - Random Acts of Kindness each day Christmas Service Advent Calendar - Small acts of service

I hope that by doing these small acts of service each day we will focus on what we can do to reach out and help others and a little less on what we are hoping to see under the tree on Christmas morning.

Here are the PDF files to my random acts of service if you’d like to print them for yourself:

Christmas Service Advent Calendar pg1

Christmas Service Advent Calendar pg2

And here is a GIANT list of ideas to create your own list:

64 Service Ideas for Advent Calendar

There are so many different things you can do for an advent calendar, and in fact I’ll be sharing more than a dozen ideas in just a couple of days, so check back for more inspiration!

 Here are 20 more advent/countdown calendar ideas! Merry Christmas!!

***If I were doing this again I would not slice up my nativity print. I wouldleave it in the frame and use the tacky tape to place the acts of service on the glass of the frame and peel them off as they are completed to reveal the fully intact print of the nativity. 

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