Literary Advent Calendar


Literary Advent Calendar

I have been called a Christmas scrooge once or twice or thrice in my lifetime…mainly because of my dislike of Christmas trees in my own home. I love visiting the homes of people with beautifully decorated (or child decorated!) trees…but I just can’t have one in my home. The thought of having to store a plastic tree and BOXES of decorations for eleven months of the year does my head in. I had a palm tree seed pod arrangement tree for a few years, then a recycled cardboard tree, and I do rather love the idea of the Spineless Classic Nutcracker print as my tree this year; it’s currently in my school library but I reckon I can borrow it!

So I’m not a lover of the Christmas tree, but I DO like an advent calendar – preferably of the literary variety. I love that advent calendars count us down to Christmas and the joy that each morning in December brings as small children fight and scream and kick each other over whose turn it is to open the window or present on the calendar. Oh the serenity of Christmas…

literary advent calendar

We’ve had this book tree advent calendar for a few years now and I was a little stumped this year until ‘The Nights Before Christmas’ arrived.


Tis PERFECT. Twenty four stories…one for each night in December. Advent SORTED.

And then author/illustrator Tania McCartney posted her collected advent calendar ideas here – sheesh Tania, I was faaar too busy for this! So then I spent far too much time ogling over handmade advent calendars. Next thing I knew I was printing the template from Pygmy Cloud and off to Officeworks I went for the perfect green card. Sadly the perfect green card was not photocopy card and the Officeworks man wouldn’t print on it. So I had to settle for two shades of green which were not what I envisaged…but I’m flexible. Really I am. I so am.

Literary Advent Calendar


The original blog post has all the instructions, and lovely pictures!

Dan was a printer before he was a town planner, so paper, paper folding and cutting are his department. He and PudStar made the trees, and I filled them once everyone was in bed. Some have alphabet lollies and some have a Christmas book title from this post to read or an activity to complete – activities that involve daddy taking the small ferals out for a little while…I think this is a fabulous idea.

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Tania McCartney has posted the gorgeous advent calendar she decided on here…do take a look!

Are you adventing?

Literary Advent Calendar

Need more Christmas ideas?

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  1. Thank you for your never ending inspiration. I have begun the book advent calendar tradition in my class & will one day do this with our grandchildren. I made an advent calendar for our future daughter-in-law and now need to post the “treasures” for her. I’m considering a wedding “advent” style count down calendar.
    Keep up the good work & enjoy the festive season with your family & friends.

    • Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I love the idea of a wedding advent calendar! That is FABULOUS! Thank YOU for reading along with me!!!!!

  2. I have many Advent Calendars but one of my favourites is my Box “Mice’s Christmas Box of Books”.
    24 small cardboard books about a family of Mice….. each book is about 4cm square and has 8 pages..
    I hang them of another Advent Calendar I stitched many years ago when our children were small…..
    Just made another Advent Calendar last weekend….small boxes I have attached to a Magnetic Chalk Board….

  3. Love these little trees and going to make them with/for Miss Small – as she is not a huge lolly fan the idea of other little treats/activities/books inside is perfect for her! Just made a prototype with some very nice green paper we have here – thx for sharing! 😉


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