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Best Merry and Bright Advent Calendars

Tis the season and no better way to count down to the big day than with an advent calendar. There are so many styles and themes to choose from I thought I would break them down for you and help you choose one.
Whether it be a a set of boxes or pockets or cards these advent calendars are so fun. Take a look below and pin photos for later! This post does contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase.

Tis the season and no better way to count down to the big day than with an advent calendar. There are so many styles and themes to choose from I thought I would break them down for you and help you choose one.

Whether it be a set of boxes or pockets or cards these advent calendars are so fun and make great keepsakes. Take a look below and pin photos for later! This post does contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission if you choose to make a purchase.

History of Advent Calendars

First let’s have some background history on advent calendars. This is taken from Wikipedia and it explains it perfectly.

Traditional Advent calendars feature the manger sceneSaint Nicholas and winter weather, while others range in theme, from sports to technology.[6] They come in a multitude of forms, from a simple paper calendar with flaps covering each of the days to fabric pockets on a background scene to painted wooden boxes with cubby holes for small items.

Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with “windows”,[5] one for each day of December leading up to and including Christmas Eve (December 24). Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas, beginning on the start of the Advent season for that year,[2][3] or in the case of reusable Advent calendars, December 1. Often the doors are distributed across the calendar in no particular order. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, a poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus), or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item. Often, each window has a Bible verse and Christian prayer printed on it, which Christians incorporate as part of their daily Advent devotions.[4][7] Advent calendars may also have puzzles and games printed on their reverse side.

Advent Calendars with Boxes

Both kids and adults will enjoy getting ready for Christmas with our Wood Advent Calendar. In a traditional design with snowflake motifs, each date on the calendar features a red ribbon to easily slide open doors to reveal the magic of the season.

This snowflake advent calendar is festive and can be used for many years to come.  Both kids and adults will enjoy getting ready for Christmas with our Wood Advent Calendar.

In a traditional design with snowflake motifs, each date on the calendar features a red ribbon to easily slide open doors to reveal the magic of the season.

Lit from within, the windows of the Glitter Houses Advent Calendar glow in a wintry scene. Place a note or small treat in each window of this holiday village, and every member of the family will love opening them in a countdown to Christmas day.

Lit from within, the windows of the Glitter Houses Advent Calendar glow in a wintry scene. Place a note or small treat in each window of this holiday village, and every member of the family will love opening them in a countdown to Christmas day.

A tiny village lights up the top of a charming advent calendar with 24 drawers waiting for you to fill them with tiny treats or holiday messages.

This beautiful natural wood advent calendar color is one of my favorite ones on my list. 
A tiny village lights up the top of a charming advent calendar with 24 drawers waiting for you to fill them with tiny treats or holiday messages.

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This calendar is absolutely stunning! Charming cottages and festive icons count down the season’s days with the Holiday Lane Wood Houses Advent Calendar. Each numbered drawer slides out to reveal a treat of your choice that can change each year.

Advent Calendars with Pockets

Let the Christmas countdown commence! Have your child countdown the number of days before Christmas with our vibrant Quilted Advent Calendar. Designed with sweet holiday characters, this calendar hides little treats inside so that your little one will look forward to finding something new every day!

Let the Christmas countdown commence! Have your child count down the number of days before Christmas with our vibrant Quilted Advent Calendar. Designed with sweet holiday characters, this calendar hides little treats inside so that your little one will look forward to finding something new every day!

This advent calendar adds excitement to the Christmas countdown. Made of wool and featuring an snowman appliqué and pom-pom accents, it has a playful and whimsical look – oh what fun!

This advent calendar adds excitement to the Christmas countdown. Made of wool and featuring a snowman appliqué and pom-pom accents, it has a playful and whimsical look – oh what fun!

Adorable woodland critters adorn the front of this bright advent calendar to celebrate the countdown to Christmas! This calendar hides tiny treats in each pocket that you’re little one will look forward to finding each day in December. Plus, personalize it with your family name for an extra special keepsake to hang up year after year

Adorable woodland critters adorn the front of this bright advent calendar to celebrate the countdown to Christmas!

This calendar hides tiny treats in each pocket that you’re little one will look forward to finding each day in December. Plus, personalize it with your family name for an extra special keepsake to hang up year after year

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Count down to Christmas with this cotton  Calendar. Its pockets hold gifts or candy for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit all month long. This can also be packed away and reused year after year.

Toy Advent Calendars

Ring in the holiday season with the fun 60201 LEGO City Advent Calendar. There are 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the holiday season, including a space shuttle, race car, drone, robot, Christmas tree, monster truck and much more. This LEGO City set includes five LEGO mini figures and a dog figure.

Ring in the holiday season with the fun 60201 LEGO City Advent Calendar. There are 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the holiday season, including a space shuttle, race car, drone, robot, Christmas tree, monster truck and much more. This LEGO City set includes five LEGO mini figures and a dog figure.

Crafted in the shape of a doll house and rendered in vibrant colors, this advent calendar offers numbered flaps that reveal a new, delightful illustration for each day leading up to Christmas.

Crafted in the shape of a dollhouse and rendered in vibrant colors, this calendar offers numbered flaps that reveal a new, delightful illustration for each day leading up to Christmas.

Advent Calendars for Any Farmhouse

I hope you enjoyed this list of advent calendars that I put together for you. I will probably end up getting one of the wood box advent calendars because it goes with my farmhouse decor a little bit better.

This will be the first year having one for the kiddos and I cannot wait to see their faces when we start it!

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