Friday, November 30th, 2012

Are there Advent calendars?

Treasuring God in Our Traditions“Mommy, Mommy! May I open the next window on the calendar?” A simple pasteboard Advent calendar with one flap to open on each day in December is probably the most familiar way to help a child understand the wait until Christmas. In the stores, several themes are likely to be available, including Swiss mountain villages and Santa’s workshops. But since the Advent—the coming—we’re waiting for is Christ’s, let’s make sure our daily countdown has a real Christmas setting. (from Treasuring God in Our Traditions)


To all who have asked, I’m sorry. I don’t have Noel Advent Calendars anymore.

There’s been a pang of regret every time I have to say that. For a season I was making them myself. After that, I contracted the work. Now the last few years, plans just haven’t worked out to continue producing them.

That pang somewhere in the area of my heart was because I felt I was fulfilling a mission to help families treasure God in their CHRISTmas celebration. It gave me great pleasure to hear of God’s work through the Noel Calendar.

But this year there’s been a lightening of my heart because I’ve seen other Advent Calendars that I’d be pleased to use myself, and even the most expensive costs less than what I’d need to charge for mine.

Here’s the story that goes with the Noel Calendar. You may have lost yours or you may find a way to use the story with another Advent calendar. Blessings as you count the days till the day we remember Jesus’ birth.

Here are an assortment of Advent calendars, sorted somewhat by price. Some are for one season’s use. Others could become part of your family’s tradition.


The familiar sort of Advent Calendar with one door to open each day.

No Room at the Inn Advent Calendar  Advent Calendar - Peaceful Nativity Scene  Bethlehem Village German Advent Calendar  Nativity Scene German Advent Calendar


Come to Bethlehem and See - Advent Devotions and Stickers w/ Advent Pamphlet

Come to Bethlehem and See — Advent Devotions and Stickers with Advent Pamphlet






Kurt Adler The Story of Christmas Interactive Magnetic Advent Book


Magnet Advent Calendar






26-Piece Fontanini Nativity Magnet Advent Calendar #65402The Magnet Advent Calendar is fun for kids to play with even if you’re not using it in the usual day-by-day Advent calendar routine.






Entertaining with Caspari Christmas Advent Calendar and Story Book, Nativity, 1-CountAdvent Calendar and Story Book







Nativity Advent CalendarNativity Advent Banner with pockets





Nativity Fabric Advent CalendarNativity Fabric Advent Calendar







Fontanini 25-Piece Nativity Advent Calendar Set With Wooden Stable #65400Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar Set with Wooden Stable




Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar with 24 Magnetic FiguresWooden Nativity Advent Calendar with 24 Magnetic Figures







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9 Responses to “Are there Advent calendars?”

  1. Noel,

    Our family bought your Advent calendar about 10 years ago. We have the story memorized word for word and have loved using it. And we hope to continue this tradition for years to come. Thank you so much for serving our family the way you have, not only with the calendar, but the book that prompted us to think that way about Advent and so many other things – Treasuring God in Our Traditions.

    Many thanks from the Mason’s,

    Matt Mason

  2. Thanks for sharing this. We have a fabric & velcro sort of Advent calendar, similar to the fabric one you’ve shown, but not as nice and a much cheaper price. I heard Kim Weir and Pam McCune’s Redeeming the Season talk at my church a couple of years ago, and was able to buy this Advent calendar for $10-20. My kids love putting together the Nativity scene, piece by piece, one day at a time. Thanks for your ministry in this area. My children are all very little (3, 1, and 3 months), so we’re just starting some of our traditions. Your book on traditions has impacted our family mightily, and our Easter was a beautiful celebration of Christ’s resurrection. I’m looking forward to seeing our oldest process and understand Christmas this year.

  3. courtney schnee

    we also have been using your book, establishing traditions early, thank you! We are going away this week for a funeral and will be taking the advent calendar, like the story you told in the book :) I made two advent calendars similar to yours. I’m selling one on etsy with the money going towards our adoption. thank you for your ministry and the ministry of your husband to the world! You both have been mentors for our family.

  4. Wow, this is really helpful! Thanks so much for providing all those links!

  5. When I couldn’t find the Noel Calendar several years ago I made my own out of felt and created a different story to go with it. You can use my patterns for free to make your own felt one at my web site, and I sell ones that are completely assembled in my Etsy Shop.

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