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Are you getting excited for Christmas? It’s one of my favorite holidays since having kids – just seeing their infectious excitement in the days leading up to Christmas is reason enough. This year, Advent starts on Sunday, December 3 and countdowns until the Dec 24th. Making an advent calendar with your kids is a celebratory way to look forward to this special holiday.

Here some creative ideas to get you inspired – from simple, modern and classic, to colorful and bright – there’s something here to delight and get both kids and adults excited about Christmas.

Simple and Modern Advent Calendar (via The Red Thread) This contemporary gold taped tree includes free number printables to make it easy to make your own.

Paper Light Advent (via La Maison de LouLou) Make your Advent calendar bright and happy this year with this colorful paper light version.

Kraft Bag Advent (via Warm Hot Chocolate) Decorate kraft bags in simple patterns and slip in an activity card (free printable provided).

Mason Jar Advent (via Cherished Bliss) Decorate Mason jar lids which double as tree ornaments once the countdown is over.

Baby Socks Advent (via Blah Blah Magazine) Finally a good use for those mis-matched or out-grown baby socks!

Santa Paper Advent (via hello, Wonderful) These cute Kawaii Santas make counting down a joy.

Animal Boxes Advent (via HAMMAMama) Turn kraft paper boxes into cute woodland creatures with a special gift inside.

Free Paper Printable (via Mr. Printables) All you have to do is print, cut and have your kids delight in unrolling the paper to find a treat.

Cardboard Village Advent (via Minireyve) Recycle cardboard into a pretty holiday painted village with doors and windows that count down to the Advent.

Magnetic Tin Can Advent (via Twig and Thistle) Magnetic glass topped jars look lovely with these pretty and colorful numbers, included as a free printable.

Stacking Cans Advent (via House to Home) Give used cans a fresh and bright makeover with this recycled calendar.

Paper Tubes Advent (via Crafts Unleashed) Paint paper mache tubes to make a pretty and festive garland calendar.

Take a look here for lots more creative holiday ideas for kids.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.