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It’s hard to believe that this is the THIRD year of a Christmas Calendar!
All summer, as I’d been thinking about the upcoming holiday season, my dream designer for this year’s calendar was Apryl Stott (I learned who she was after her spectacular debut picture book, Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light, came out last fall and then I discovered she’d done all the illustrations for our beloved Grandpa Beck games!).
When I finally got up the nerve to ask her if she’d be willing, I was THRILLED when she immediately responded with an enthusiastic yes.
And then when she started sending me drafts? I was even more thrilled.
I love love love this Christmas Calendar so much and I hope you will too!
free Christmas Calendar
Let me tell you a bit about this Christmas Calendar.
- It’s 100% free! You can download as many copies as you’d like for your personal use (pop in your email address at the bottom of this post and it’ll come right to your inbox). You’re welcome to pass them out to friends, give them as gifts, offer them at your library or print one for all your grandkids! As long as you’re not selling them, you’re welcome to use it however you’d like!
- You can print it at whatever size you’d like! I have a personal preference for the 36×48 engineering print which costs less than $7 to print (instructions for printing engineer prints here). But it’s also really great at a 24×36 size or in an 18×24. You can even print it on a regular sheet of paper with your home printer!
- It’s the most epic coloring project of all time! Hand over some crayons or pencils or makers and a copy of this advent calendar printable and go to town – there are so many delightful details and it’s so much fun to color. You can color it all at once at the beginning of the month or do a bit every day as you read along!
- There is a reading activity every day from December 1 – December 24. Obviously the highlight of this Christmas Calendar is reading daily with your children. At the bottom of the calendar there is a suggested activity for each day. You can do them in any order you’d like and if you need suggestions for books to read, I have general lists and themed lists here, so if you need some suggestions for reindeer books or nativity books or snowman books, I have you covered!
Fun Ways to use your free CHRISTMAS calendar
There is no right or wrong way to use this Christmas Calendar, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
A few suggestions:
Give it as a gift. If you add a new Christmas book to your collection each year roll up a copy of the printable advent calendar and tie it on top! (this also makes a perfect neighbor gift!).
Make one giant copy of the advent coloring calendar and let your children color it on a snow day leading up to December!
Have a coloring party! It’s not just for kids – adults can get in on the fun too. Plus, it’s surprisingly relaxing. Turn on some Christmas music and enjoy the together time. You can make one big one to work on together or print off smaller copies for each person. Bonus points if you pick up some fresh new crayons or pencils.
Use it as wrapping paper for a Christmas book. Or, once your family is done with it, use it to wrap those last few gifts on Christmas Eve – it’s no waste and your child will love seeing their coloring adorning a gift under the tree on Christmas morning!
Use it as holiday decor. This kids advent calendar is so fun and festive it makes for really beautiful holiday decor. Hang it somewhere your whole family can see it and be reminded to make reading a wonderful part of your holiday festivities!
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I am SO thrilled with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see your families using it this holiday season.
And if you share it on Instagram, please tag me (@everydayreading) so I can see them out in the real world.
Happy holiday reading!
If you liked this free reading Christmas Calendar, you might like these posts too:
- My 25 all-time favorite Christmas books
- Wonderful Christmas chapter books to read aloud
- The 2021 $5 gift guide
Photos by Heather Mildenstein