3 Candy Free Advent Calendar Ideas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to start brainstorming for the next holiday season- Advent season! The holidays are fun, but it is easy to get swept up in a cycle of continuously giving and receiving desserts. Don’t get me wrong, holiday treats are sweet. But it is also a good idea to build holiday traditions that aren’t centered on food. To help solve that problem, here is my round up of 3 fun Advent Calendar ideas that don’t involve candy.

1. Book Advent Calendar (Image via Apartment Therapy)

I absolutely adore this Advent Book Calendar idea! Not only is it a great way to get kids in the holiday spirit without resorting to cookies and candy, but it is also a great way to spend quality time with your family and make sure that all of your December favorites get read. Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy 24 new books! My family has accumulated enough holiday books over the years that we could easily wrap up (and non holiday books could work as well). Just make sure that Twas the Night Before Christmas is book number 24! Plus, reading is also a great way to build a healthy mind!

2. Advent Tea Calendar (image via Red Red Completely Red)

I was immediately drawn to this Advent Tea Calendar when I saw it online. Conventional Advent Calendars usually contain pieces of bite-sized candy that are forgotten as quickly as they are eaten. What I love about the Advent Tea Calendar is that not only is it a healthier alternative to candy, but it allows you slow down and enjoy the holiday season. Tea is brimming with cancer fighting antioxidants, and has just enough caffeine to give you clarity. So take time to enjoy a cup of tea each day this season! You’ll be glad you did.

3. Random Acts of Kindness Calendar (Image via TSJ Photography)

When you do good, you feel good. Random acts of kindness are a great way to spread holiday cheer, and are also a great example for young children. Can’t think of 24 ideas? Look here and here for inspiration.

I hope that you enjoy these ideas! Does your family do anything special for Advent?

-Kelly

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