We went on a bit of an advent calendar kick a few weeks ago (check out our list of the Best Advent Calendars of 2010), but most of them feature unwrapped presents and treats leading up to Christmas. Yet if you’re a fan of unique advent calendars like us, you might agree that advent calendars might be even more appropriate at Thanksgiving. Why? Because instead of giving a present every day, you can give thanks.
4. ) Thanksgiving Tree Leaves
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a calendar — but it’s a unique way to celebrate what’s important in your life. Handmade from the Etsy shop Between Hitching Posts, this Thanksgiving set comes with 25 leaves depicting common gratitudes like health, love, nature, imagination and inspiration. (Or, if you prefer, you could be sent blank leaves so that you can personalize them with what your family is thankful for.) Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, the family puts on one leaf and discussing why they’re thankful for that particular blessing. ($35)
3.) Give Thanks Thanks Giving Calendar
For you do-it-yourselfers, the Etsy shop Everyday Celebrations has this PDF-file pattern for a Give Thanks Thanks Giving Countdown. The calendar pattern is $8.50, and for another $6.50 you can also get the PDF files for the daily countdown cards.
You can even use the cards as a Thanksgiving activity without the calendar, since each one features a different family activity focused on gratitude.
2.) 30 Days of Gratitude
JessicaSprague.com has a series called Hybrid Project Friday. And for $3.99, you can get the printable tutorial and templates to this 30 Days of Gratitude project. Not quite so crafty? According to the site, “If you passed Kindergarten, then you have the skills to do this project.” Find out more here.
1. The Red Thread Advent Calendar
This is one of our favorite DIY advent calendar because 1) It can be used for both Thanksgiving and Christmas; 2) It’s easy to make; and 3) It looks gorgeous! The little cones are perfect for notes of gratitude as well as small gifts. Find the entire step-by-step tutorial and patterns (free!) at The Red Thread.
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