Traditional Advent Calendars We Love

Is it just me? When I grew up everyone had ‘Traditional Advent Calendars’ – you opened the door and saw a picture. And you loved it, right? Or maybe it had pockets and there was a small chocolate or tiny toy on each day? Often re-using the same one each year. Over the last few years, more and more Advent Calenders have been cropping up – from beauty to alcohol, from toys such as Lego to film-themed such as Star Wars or Harry Potter. And that’s all fine and dandy. But what about the more Traditional Advent Calendars? Where did they go?

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Well they’re still right there – and actually are making a huge comeback. The type of calender that makes you fizz warmly with nostalgia. We have them ourselves – three of ours were actually sewn by my sister for my boys, and even the grand elderly teens that they are now, they still love their Traditional Advent Calendars.
(*top tip – buy the cheap chocolate advent calendars, break into them and use the contents to fill your own calendars with perfect advent-sized treats!)
So we’ve scoured the interwebs and found some of our favourite Traditional Advent Calendars; kick back whilst we show you some real beauties.

(oh, and if you’re on the lookout for advent calendars for teenagers, once you’re done here try clicking that link; it’s a hugely popular post, I think I hit a nerve!)

DIY wild garland advent

This one’s a DIY kit – and isn’t it beautiful? Perfectly simple, elegant and rather Nordic, it comes with everything you need to assemble the advent calendar shown (plus a helpful step-by-step guide to make the process super easy!)

Foldable pillow boxes, twine, hoop, vintage jingle bells, metal wire for securing and natural preserved eucalyptus, all rewady for you to assemble this trendy, modern advent calendar.
Spotted in Wild Rose & Sparrow’s Etsy shop for £45

Large Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar 120cm

A charming Christmas Santa Clause Advent Calendar with patchwork pockets perfect to fill with treats on the countdown to Christmas.

A warming calendar to be filled with delicious treats awaiting the special day to arrive.

The Large Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar From Whyshare on Etsy for under £17

The bestseller from John Lewis & Partners – and it’s just under £10.

The whole village gathers beneath a giant fir tree in anticipation of Christmas!

Woodmansterne Christmas Tree Advent Calendar from John Lewis – £10

Personalised Wooden Winter Scene Advent Calendar

A personalised wooden advent calendar with light up winter scene design to enjoy in a festive home on the run up to Christmas!

Made from wood with a natural finish in a large box frame design, this sweet advent features a snow covered winter scene set in the centre, made up of layered of matching wood.

The frame features 24 numbered boxes, ready for small sweet treats, and can be removed and jumbled into your own 24 day mix.

From Lisa angel on NOTH the Personalised Wooden Winter Scene Advent Calendar is £45

wooden village tradiitonal advent calendar

We’ve featured this wooden advent village before – it’s perennially popular, and a bestseller on Amazon for a reason. The wooden lit White Alpine Village has 24 drawers for you to fill with a gift of choice. Beautifully hand crafted and painted – and of course is reuseable every Christmas, a real family heirloom.

Wooden Nativity Village on Amazon for £40.

3d advent calendar

We saw this advent treehouse last year, and totally fell in love. Simply pop and slot the wonderful 3D tree house together by finding the festive part of the day, match the number and construct and decorate the tree house until Christmas Eve; and you can have the treehouse door eprosnalised iwth your own family name. We LOVE it.
Personalised Tree House Advent is in PenelopeTom’s NOTH shop for just £20

This one’s a peach in the most traditional style; carol singers fill the air with music while the children build a snowman. No one has noticed that Santa has arrived to fill the stockings with presents. A delightful, traditional Advent Calendar, with wonderful illustrations behind each window. Find out how the Country House has been decorated for by opening each door and looking inside.

This lovely Alison Gardiner ‘Country House Christmas’ Large Traditional Advent Calendar is just £7.40 on Amazon

Nostalgic Leporello Houses Very Large Folded Houses Traditional German Advent Calendar

Very simple, very traditional, and VERY beautiful.

The Nostalgic Leporello Houses Advent Calendar is available to buy on Amzon for just under £19

Okay, I know, it’s a chocolate one – but there’s no big branding or themes, it’s just really Christmassy – and it’s only £8! The countdown to Christmas doesn’t come much cuter; they’re having a blizzard of fun out there on the ice – catch them hiding behind closed doors with adorable pictures and witticisms. As a final farewell, the whole gang hold up an extra-special Christmas wish when there’s one more sleep to go!

The Up to Snow Good – Children’s Advent Calendar is just £8 on Hotel Chocolat

Simple, traditional, and perfectly lovely. Add a treat to each pocket, and move the marker daily to count the days. The Christmas tree features pieces including snowmen, Gingerbread men, toys and more.It hangs on the wall by a hook on the back. Put a treat inside each pocket to enjoy.

Bargainunder £15 on Amazon

Traditional Nativity Scene Advent calender

Well it’s what its all about isn’t it after all? This traditional advent calender with its 24 opening doors showing traditional Christmas story scenes is the one we all remember from our childhood.

Simple but lovely all the same.

This Traditional Nativity Scene Advent calender is available at John Lewis for just £4.50 can’t argue with that now can you.

Traditional Advent Calendar Christmas Houses And Snow.

Highly rated, and at under £6 it’s an absolute must-have for your own wall. The traditional Christmas House Party Scene advent calendar is just £5.99

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