10 Easy Last Minute Advent Calendars

Are you hoping to add a little more fun and family time to your Christmas activities this year? Me too! I’ve been on the hunt for some quick and easy last minute Advent Calendars to help our family countdown to Christmas and I thought I would share…

10 Easy Last Minute Advent Calendars:

1.  Free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Book: Enjoy daily devotions as a family as you work through significant events throughout the Old Testament–each pointing to the Messiah! Each reading is followed by a small action to to apply and live out the day’s devotional. Brought to you by Ann Voskamp from A Holy Experience…enough said?

2.  I L-O-V-E the Printable Advent Calendar from Everyday Celebrations on Etsy. So adorable & easy to make!

Photo Credit: Everyday Celebrations on Etsy

3.  Chocolate on my Cranium has 2 Printable Advent Calendars that are super simple to make. Print, Cut, Glue—-perfect for the non-crafty types.

4.  The Last Minute Printable Advent Calendar at Skip To My Lou is easy to make with envelopes, clothespins, and string.

5.  The kids will love Jan Brett’s Printable Advent Calendar

6.  Simple Spool Advent Calendar from Just Something I Made–you may not have vintage spools hanging around, but I have seen wooden spools at the local craft store in the unfinished wood crafting section.

Photo Credit: Just Something I Made

7.  Wrap up 25 Christmas books and number them. Place in a basket and read one each night. (If you don’t have 25 Christmas books, just pick some family favorites! The kids will love the mystery! Need another Christmas book to add to your collection? Enter my giveaway!)

8.  Use your kids {clean} socks for A Stocking Countdown Calendar from Family Fun. Easy!!

Photo Credit: Family Fun

9.  What if you put candy or trinkets inside toilet paper tubes? Wrap them in tissue paper and tie ribbon on each end. Number them 1-25. Voila! (Wait, you mean I’m the only one that has 25 empty toilet paper tubes saved for a rainy day project?)

10.  Don’t forget the childhood favorite—Paper Chain Countdown we made as kids! Cut strips of paper and write fun family activities on the back of each paper strip. Staple the ends together in a chain.

Get started….tomorrow is December 1st, the day the countdown begins!


  1. Cute ideas! I like the spool idea (so cool looking) and wrapping the Christmas books…but we definitely need more of those to complete this task…and I have to track them all down. 🙁

    • Tiffany–You can always add in “family favorites” to fill in the gaps you might have. The kids will love the mystery–Christmas book or not. Pile on the couch and read away! Good luck tracking down your books!

  2. Thanks for the advent printable list. I am planning to try one of these out!


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