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advent calendar of service

We all know this is a busy time of year and it’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and the many gifts we need to buy, but there’s so much that we can do to spread joy to those around us, especially to those in need. Advent calendars are such a fun way to celebrate the month of December and I love the idea of creating a meaningful, non-traditional advent calendar. As a kid I loved getting a piece of chocolate each day (and don’t get me wrong, I still do), but I’m also looking for more impactful ways to give back while starting new traditions as a family.

I created this printable advent calendar with simple acts of service for 25 days in December. Whether it’s donating to a homeless shelter, holding the door open for others, or reconnecting with an old friend, there are countless ways we can make a difference in our communities, however small they might be. Each and every one counts!

All you have to do is download and print, cut the cards and numbers and use them to make your own personalized calendar. You can put each note inside mini envelopes and attach them all to a bulletin board.

I hope you enjoy my calendar and are inspired to find simple ways to spread love and kindness this season.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/aimeeroo Aimee & Pets

    What a lovely idea.

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  • Ooma

    It’s a really nice idea. It’s not downloading for me, but I’ll keep trying.

  • kim

    I love this idea! It’s so simple to create! Thank you for sharing this! Know that you have inspired someone today!

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  • Emily

    I’m trying to download this pdf and it won’t download for me… any suggestions? it just keeps spinning.

    • compton_t

      Emily – Try again. I think we fixed the problem. Thanks!

  • http://lemonthistle.blogspot.com/ Colleen Pastoor

    The download worked for me! This is such a great way to focus on serving others at the time of year so focused on consumerism. And the printables are darling! Thanks so much for this.

  • dorelle

    I tried to download this tonight and it would not download for me. It just kept spinning

  • Lynne Knowlton

    I downloaded it and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thank you for sharing !!!

  • Claire

    What a gorgeous idea, thank you for sharing x

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  • Kellie

    What size board did you use and what size envelopes are these? Thank you for such a great idea and for sharing it!!

    • Colleen Ludovice

      Hi Kellie, I used a cork board from Ikea (that I spray painted): http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20267220/ The dimensions are 22 ¾ x 15 ¼” but you could certainly adjust and use any size rectangular cork board or frame. Enjoy! :)