Have you got your advent calendar up? It’s still not too late. Once again, IKEA to the rescue.
For most parts of my life, I had no idea there was such a thing as an advent, more so an advent calendar. Later on, I learnt that the advent (the word means “arrival” in Latin) is a countdown to Christmas.
While many modern advent calendars focus on little treats and surprises hidden behind each calendar day, the original purpose of the advent season was to help Christians remain focused on the birth and return of Jesus Christ. In each advent package, there could be scriptures, Bible stories and prayers to help children understand what Christmas is all about, besides the sweet treats.
Traditionally, it can range from 22 to 28 days leading to Christmas.
IKEA advent calendar ideas
I’m beginning to see advent calendar hacks popping up on my feed. Here are a few easy, DIY ones that I like.
Go big and bold with a KALLAX or EXPEDIT. See tutorial here. However, there are only 25 boxes, so time your countdown right.
#5 Quick and easy DIY
A simple and quick Advent calendar with IKEA napkins. It’s inexpensive DIY for a simple, subtle calendar. See more.
#6 IKEA readymade version
Lastly, IKEA, in some countries sells an Advent Calendar. (Linked here for the Netherlands). The wonderful thing is, it has chocolates and sweet treats already embedded in it without the need to assemble anything.
Best of all, behind those “doors” are two gift cards worth at least €5. Retailing at €10.99 for IKEA Family Members, the calendar pays for itself. Somebody get me one!