Advent calendars are not just for kids! Instead of opening daily doors with pictures or retrieving small gifts from pockets, adults and children can mark the day-by-day journey to Christmas by praying/drawing on a blank calendar template. Pray for a person or write and meditate on an Advent word each day. Just the small amount of time it takes to fill the space with doodles and color each day can create a time of quiet, reflection, and listening to God. Set aside a table with a basket of markers and/or colored pencils where family members can work on their calendars. Hang the calendars on the wall for all to see. Watch them grow daily.
Here are three template choices. Click on a picture to download the template. I like to enlarge the template to an 11″ x 17″ piece of card stock. The links are also on the Handouts page of this website. Below the templates are samples of previous years’ finished Advent calendars.
Dated Tree Calendar Undated Tree Calendar