Advent Calendar and Wreath Ideas for your Advent Season Celebrations

Advent Calendar and Wreath Ideas for your Advent Season Celebrations

There are a number of ways to include Advent calendars and wreaths in your Christmas celebration.

Families from all over the world follow this tradition in their own unique ways.

Every Christmas as we study different Christmas traditions of families from around the world, we follow our own traditions with Advent wreaths and calendars in our preparation for the celebration of baby Jesus.

If you would like to learn more about these kinds of world traditions, you would be interested in my brand new unit study Learning Fun with Christmas Traditions from Around the World.

In this study, along with other traditions, crafts, activities, recipes, carols, and stories, are examples of Advent wreaths and calendars that you can make or use in your Christmas celebration.

In this post, you will find some pictures below of some of the ones included in this study and ones that we have used in our home.

Different Ideas for Advent Wreaths and Calendars:

  • The Traditional Advent Wreath
    • I found an Advent wreath at Michaels with the greenery and candle holders built in as one piece with the traditional three purple and one pink candle.
    • We light the first purple candle on the fourth Sunday evening before Christmas and read a devotion and say a prayer as a family to reflect on our preparation and celebration of the birth of Jesus.
      • This helps us keep our focus on the true meaning behind the season. (In the unit study, it is interesting to read about how other families from around the world emphasize this as part of their preparation for Christmas as well.)
    • Another purple candle as well as the first one are lit on the third Sunday evening before Christmas with a devotion and prayer. This continues with the last purple candle on the second Sunday before and with the pink candle on the Sunday before Christmas. Some families place a thick white candle in the center of the wreath and light all of the candles and this center one on Christmas Day.
    • Advent devotions (or readings for Catholics) with prayers for each Sunday can be found online (or your church may supply a booklet). I have a couple of suggestions in the unit study.

  • Handmade Advent Wreath from Construction Paper
    • This is an Advent wreath we made from templates I created. There are holly leaves and berries and candle templates supplied in the unit study for you to make your own wreath with a paper plate, construction paper, and glue. My guys loved this!

  • Advent Calendar
    • This Advent calendar is also one we made for our Christmas Traditions Around the World unit study to follow the tradition of children from a number of different countries from which the Advent calendar originated.
      • There are pictures with a Christmas theme behind each numbered door. Behind the last door on the 24th (as is tradition) there is a picture of baby Jesus in a manger.
      • The templates to make this Advent calendar are also included in the unit study.

  • Advent Calendar Clothesline
    • This Advent calendar clothesline is the newest tradition to my family. I came across a number of versions of this Advent calendar and fell in love with this idea and decided to make my own version.
    • I found brown craft bags in the scrapbooking aisle of Walmart along with some Christmas themed stickers.
    • The numbers for each bag are stickers I found at Michaels. I love them because they look like pieces of cut logs.
    • The washi tape for the border of the bottom of the craft bags is cut to size and purchased from the Dollar Tree.
    • The mini clothespins with tiny wooden Christmas pieces holding each bag to the twine clothesline were from Michaels. But, I saw some plain mini ones in the craft aisle at Walmart as well.
    • I used some red grosgrain ribbon from a spool from Walmart to decorate the twine clothesline where I held it in place on the wall with push pin thumbtacks.
    • Inside each bag is a Bible verse telling the story of the birth of Jesus. I created those using a template for business cards in Word.
    • I also put a small piece of chocolate for each of my boys inside each bag.
    • On each day, starting with December 1st through December 24th, they take the Bible verse card out of the bag, read it, and pin it on the outside of the bag. And, of course, eat the chocolate. It has been a big hit!

I have included the Bible verse cards for you as a gift if you wish to print them and make your own version of an Advent calendar or clothesline.


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Enjoy! I would love to hear or see pictures if you decide to create your own and I will share them with permission!

Remember, if you wish to include the study of these kinds of Christmas traditions and others from around the world, my Learning Fun with Christmas Traditions from Around the World Unit Study has the templates ready for you to print and go!

Have a blessed Advent season in your preparation for your celebration of the birth of Jesus!


  • Jess Posted November 30, 2017 1:45 pm

    Pinned! Now to scrap together the supplies 🙂 Thank you for supplying this!

    • Katie Posted November 30, 2017 1:58 pm

      You’re Welcome! I loved creating it and enjoyed trying to find the supplies as economically as possible! I hope you enjoy! You should be able to find a lot of it at Walmart and if not there Michael’s! Enjoy and have a blessed Advent and Christmas season!

  • Leslie Posted November 30, 2017 2:10 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this! Thanks for the great ideas!!

    • Katie Posted November 30, 2017 2:40 pm

      Great! I’m so glad you like it! Enjoy!

  • Natalie Posted December 1, 2017 2:26 am

    I’d love to do something similar with my sons when they’re older. Great ideas 🙂

  • Kiarna Jayne Posted December 1, 2017 4:42 am

    This is great! I love getting creative at this time of year!

  • Susannah Posted December 1, 2017 11:59 am

    My son was so excited for December so he could start his calenders! We have two we’re using this year and it makes the season so fun!

  • Jazz Posted December 1, 2017 12:23 pm

    Great variety of ideas! I might have to try my hand at an advent calendar next year.

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