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10 Printable Advent Calendars You Can Download Today

There’s no need to worry if you haven’t gotten an Advent calendar yet because I’ve rounded up 10 fabulous Advent calendars that you can print from home TODAY. Even if all you have is a black and white printer, you’re in luck! Keep reading to find a calendar you like, then get out your scissors and glue stick and make one (or more) of these amazing Advent calendars.

1. Modern Cityscape Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

Build a cityscape with the various boxes in this printable Advent calendar. Monochromatic and modern, this calendar has a Scandinavian feel to it. The calendar contains three cars, three different trees, a Christmas tree, seven houses, a skyscraper, and numbered stars. Customize your Advent calendar by printing multiples of your favorite boxes. Personalize it by adding hand drawn elements, such as stick figures of your family members in the car windows.

2. Santa’s Sleigh Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

This festive Advent calendar bursts with Christmas goodness! The printable PDF comes with two reindeer, a sleigh, thirteen different sized boxes, name tags, and number tags. Simply print as many reindeer and gift boxes as you like to complete your Advent calendar. Now the question is, will your sleigh be drawn by two or eight reindeer?

3. Igloo Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

Impress your family and friends with an igloo Advent calendar! The igloo itself is the calendar, comprised of 26 little boxes. Also included in the PDF download are penguins and trees, which will complete your winter scene. When you’re done assembling your calendar, put it on display for all to see!


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Matching Family Pajamas: A New Christmas Tradition

Aren’t traditions one of the key things that makes Christmas so special? Growing up, one of my favorite days each year was when we would set up the Christmas tree. My family would visit the nearby tree farm and trudge the snowy fields, looking for the freshest, healthiest tree we could find. (It had to be a white pine.) Once we got back to the house, decorating ensued, accompanied by cookies and hot chocolate. Ah, the memories! These days, my childhood is far behind me, and I’m beginning to establish traditions of my own.

One Christmas tradition that I’ve been wanting to implement is for my husband and me to wear matching Christmas pajamas! Over the last few years, I’ve seen more and more families in their matching duds, be it in a picture shared on social media or on a holiday card. If you (like me) are pining for some matching jammies this Christmas, here are a few festive sets.

Matching Family Pajamas
  1. Made from stretchy fabric, these Christmas Stripes Pajamas have red and green striped bottoms and your choice of a red or green top. You can even get a matching bandana for your dog or cat!

  2. This two-piece Red Stripes Pajama Set is comfy and perfect for lounging around the house. You can choose from either a striped top or a solid red top.

  3. Made from fleece, these Red Snowflake Pajamas are available in two styles: the children’s pajamas are a one-piece, and the adult pajamas come with a hood and removable feet.

  4. Plaid Thermal Pajamas are available with either a button-up flannel shirt or a red thermal knit top. There’s even a matching nightgown for little girls and dolls!

Are matching Christmas pajamas a tradition in your family? Let us know in the comments below!

Unique Advent Calendars for 2017

Unique Advent Calendars for 2017

From whisky to art supplies to random acts of kindness, there seems to be an advent calendar filled with just about everything these days. So if you are looking to count down to Christmas with something other than chocolate, check out these somewhat unusual advent calendars.

Lily’s Kitchen Christmas Fireside Tails • £9.95

Lily's Kitchen Christmas Fireside Tails

Share the joy of the holiday season with your favourite furry friend by gifting him this advent calendar for dogs from Lily’s Kitchen. Filled with naturally wholesome, tasty treats, this calendar will surely get two paws up.

Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar • £29.99

Christmas Beard Oil Advent Calendar

Keep your beard looking and smelling great all during December with this beard oil advent calendar from The Bearded Man Company. Each day you will discover a new scent of this artisan, small batch, organic beard oil. Hmm, maybe I should buy one of these calendars for Santa…

HonestBrew’s Craft Beer Advent Calendar • £64.90

HonestBrew's Craft Beer Advent Calendar

If you love to sample new craft beers, then this is definitely the advent calendar for you! Featuring 24 unique beers, HonestBrew’s craft beer advent calendar is chock full of 19 styles, such as pales, IPAs, stouts, porters, and sours. As a bonus, you will also receive a £10 beer voucher for your next purchase.

Send Some Quirky Holiday Greetings

Since I’m in the market for Christmas cards, I’ve been scouring around online for some neat designs. I generally like cards that make me smile, whether they’re funny, cute, or quirky. Naturally, I couldn’t keep all this festive goodness to myself, so I’m sharing my finds with all you lovely folks.

Send Some Quirky Holiday Greetings
  1. This T-Rex card is perfect for anyone who likes dinosaurs or has young boys. I know my nephews would LOVE this card!

  2. For someone who fancies merfolk and the sea, send this sweet Mer-ry Christmas card.

  3. Send magical Christmas greetings with a festive unicorn card.

  4. Instead of sending a card that may end up in a box (or worse, the trash bin), give an ornament card such as this Cool Yule Penguin.

  5. Let your loved ones know you are wishing them “a whale of a Christmas” with this beautifully designed card.

  6. Dog lovers will chuckle at the sight of this card featuring a doxie wrapped in lights!

Send Some Quirky Holiday Greetings
  1. Merry Crustmas, everyone! This adorable card features a little piece of bread fashioned from felt, complete with a Santa hat.

  2. Add digital stickers to your photo when you order this “Staching Through the Snow” card. After uploading your photo, simply click the small pencil icon to open the Effect & Filters panel, then add stickers, overlays, and more.

  3. By putting a family photo on an ornament card, friends and family will want to hang it on their tree this year and years to come. You can customize your cards by choosing the background color and the silhouette shape.

  4. This card made me laugh! Of course, our favorite part of Christmas is spending time with loved ones, but—let’s be honest—we all love to receive presents, too.

  5. This hedgehog card is printed on birch wood, rather than paper. What a unique way to send seasonal greetings!

  6. To your friends who enjoy a good pun, say “Avo very merry Christmas!”

Which card is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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Eat Your Way to Christmas with an Edible Advent Calendar

With December a little more than a week away, I’ve got advent calendars on my mind. And what better way to count down the days until Christmas than with a lip-smacking, edible advent calendar? Below I rounded up a few for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Naturally, I had to include a several chocolate calendars, but I also found some savory ones. After deciding which calendar to get, the hardest part may be only eating one treat per day!

Edible Advent Calendars
  1. This bright and colorful chocolate advent calendar from Dylan’s Candy Bar is great for the young ones in your family.

  2. Filled with 24 protein bars, this advent calendar is perfect for those who are health conscious and want guilt-free treats during the holiday season.

  3. Suitable for vegetarians and anyone who loves cheese, this So Wrong It’s Nom advent calendar is filled with individually wrapped cheeses! This £8 calendar is only available at ASDA, so find a local store near you.

  4. This Godiva advent calendar contains 24 pieces of luxurious Belgian chocolate. As you open a festive square each day, you’ll be delighted by a piece of milk, dark, or white chocolate.

  5. This tree shaped advent calendar is comprised of 24 slide-out boxes. What will you find inside each box? Treats include chocolate covered pretzels, artisan caramels, and more!

  6. Inside this holiday advent tin you’ll find 24 beautifully decorated biscuits. Enjoy each cookie with a warm cup of hot cocoa as you count down the days until Christmas.

  7. For an exceptionally indulgent advent calendar, try this Neuhaus calendar. Located in Belgium, Neuhaus makes gourmet chocolate and is an elf-favorite here at the North Pole. We’re sure you’ll love it, too!

  8. The meat lovers in your family will be pleased when they eat their way to Christmas Day with this jerky advent calendar. It’s filled with an assortment of jerky and sweets.

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