Christmas Decorating 101: the advent calendar

Welcome back to the fourth installment of Christmas Decorating 101!  Today we are tackling the advent calendar. It's a great way to build excitement and remind us of the reason for Christmas.  I'm ashamed to say that not only have I not created some gorgeous homemade calendar, but my boys are using the Lego Advent calendar...nothing spiritual there!  But these simple and gorgeous ideas were so great I had to share.  Yes, I realize we are seven days into December, but it's never too late to start an Advent Calendar.  If nothing else, this will inspire ideas for next year!  

{Please click on the names below each picture to read about each calendar.}  

My favorite calendar of all was knitted by my friend's MIL, Sue.  Isn't it incredibly darling?  How fun to reach into the mitten each morning.
created by Sue Delp, contact me if interested in a custom order

Do you count down to Christmas at your home? 
 Are you inspired to try something new?

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  1. I am just starting this tradition at my house but I love the idea of it getting everyone excited about Christmas by counting down. I love the mitten one. So cute.

  2. Great round up of ideas! I want to do all of them now. Thanks so much for featuring me~

  3. Wow. The creativity of some people just blows me away.

  4. I missed out on the advent calendar this year, but I really really want to do it next year because I love the Christmas countdown :)

  5. thanks for including me in your advent calendar round up! there's some other pretty great ideas here I'd love to try one day!

  6. Ooooo I love that one with the brown paper stars! Super cute ideas. Thanks for including me in this fun post!

  7. What a great round-up! SO honored to be included! Loving that envelope tree - hmmmm, lots of ideas for next year already!

  8. Love this collection of advent calendars - they are all great! I think I love the stars the most. One quick thing - I moved my blog to blogger, so would you mind updating the link on your blogroll? lifeonvirginiastreet.blogspot.com. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!

  9. These are all such lovely ideas. I don't have any kiddies yet but might have to put this on the list for my little brothers next year. Love the brown paper stars and red envelopes in particular! xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  10. We have a store bought calendar this year that Sheila is really enjoying. Next year I'd love to try something similar to Annie's advent calendar with the simple bags.


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