Free Printable Advent Calendar Cards

Happy December! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great week with the kids off of school. Tons of family time, including extended family, movie watching, decorating, eating and relaxing! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!


Yesterday our Advent countdown began. I try to make my December as simple as possible so I have a ton of time to spend time with my family. I sat down with a December calendar, marking which days we have after school activities and school happenings. I then scheduled our daily  activities around those. For example, I made a card that says bring a special Christmas lunch to school fro the day of my daughter’s Christmas program since we will not be home that evening.  Every year I change up the cards a bit as they grow. This year we have a lot of games since they’re older. I’ve added the file for you to download, print and use yourself if you’d like. Maybe there will be a new idea or two for your family! I’ve also included a sheet of blank rectangles for you to write in your own if you choose.

Here’s a list of what we’ll be doing this month:

Write a letter to Santa

Make hot chocolate

Christmas pancakes for dinner

Tree lighting

Decorate a gingerbread house

Make a gift for your teacher

Take a special Christmas lunch to school

Make recycled gingerbread houses

Do a Christmas word search

Picnic in front of the Christmas tree

Christmas movie

Christmas adventure for mom’s birthday (to be determined! 😉 )

Make a Christmas craft

Breakfast for dinner at IHOP

Make a snowman chalk family

Play Christmas scattegories

Do a Christmas puzzle

Christmas reading picnic

Make Christmas cookies

Play a game in front of the Christmas tree

Christmas Minute to Win it

Christmas drawing with (We LOVE drawing with them! Check them out! )

Hop in the car to look at Christmas lights


To put mine together, I just used small paper bags that I found at Michaels. The numbers I printed off about 5 years ago, (I can’t remember from where!) and glued them onto pieces of scrapbook paper. Next I punched 2 holes in the top of the bag, stuck each of my cards in and tied them up with a piece of baker’s twine.


I have gathered all of my supplies that I need to each activity already and I keep my calendar handy so I can know what’s coming up. Doing these things ahead of time has really made a huge difference in me being able to spend some great time with the kids.


Click here to download the cards

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