For some, the holiday season starts the day after Halloween; you wake up, and your next-door neighbor has somehow put up all their Christmas lights, is blasting Christmas carols through a loudspeaker and has a 12-foot inflatable Rudolph twerking on their front lawn. (I swear I’m not that neighbor. OK, fine maybe I am.) For others — with slightly more subtlety and tact — the holiday season starts slowly; a snow globe appears on the mantel, a wreath appears on the door. Yet the most Christmas-obsessed of us — yep, this definitely includes me — start tuning in to the new toys and the advent calendar launches right abouuuuut…now. Yep, August.
Because believe it or not, the year’s options for advent calendars have already begun! Because toy brands are just as nuts about Christmas as I am! And regardless of your holiday decorating style, there are so many better ways to count down to the big day than those flimsy cardboard kids Advent calendars with gross, rock-hard chocolate inside. You thought that was the only option, didn’t you? It’s OK. Your kids will forgive you.
Not sure how to find an Advent calendar that actually adds to your holiday decor? Not to worry; we’ve rounded up the coolest Advent calendars, from DIYs to Disney figurines, trains to chocolates and more. Your kids will love these so much, they might actually be sad when Christmas arrives — because their awesome Advent is over. But hey, at least then, there will only be 365 days ’til next Christmas.