an advent calendar

everyone loves to countdown the days until Christmas. there are boxes filled with little doors hiding chocolates, Santa bags, wreaths, props, calenders, and more. just search pinterest and there is no short supply of ideas and products. but what is advent really about? could it be more than counting down the days until we get to open up all our presents?

the word Advent comes Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” it is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. for Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. the season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

the Christmas season really is a season. we can prepare our hearts for the coming of the King. and gather with our loved ones to remember the true joy that comes from this season. the anticipation that is so much larger than any of the gifts we can open Christmas morning. a Savior, a King, a Father, a Lover who offers Hope, New Life, Forgiveness, Grace, and Redemption. 

i love this Advent calendar from Naptime Diaries because it focuses on just that. while bringing joy, community, and beauty to your home. because they are in my Holiday Gift Guide you can use code OATSGIFTGUIDE2013 for 15% off your purchase of anything in their shop. 

Author: Oak & Oats

  • i have been looking for something as perfect as this! i wanted a different advent calendar, & i must have this now! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • These are all SO great! I just adore the way they are all hung over the fireplace!! So festive!

  • cannot wait to get mine;)

  • me too! (because of course i could not resist either!)

  • This is amazing!! What a great idea!

  • you're welcome!!

  • me too 🙂

  • i know. i love it!

  • Paige Campbell

    I love this! How do you apply the discount when checking out in their store? -Paige

  • I actually just bought one and experience the same confusion! You need to enter you billing information (by going through paypal or using your card) before you enter the code. There will be a page where you confirm your purchase and have the opportunity to chose your shipping and enter a code. You will enter the code then and it will record your discount. Don't worry, it will have you confirm your purchase. If you end up getting to the end and never see the space to enter the coupon code, email Naptime Diaries and they will take care of you (because you should get your discount!) but I think that this might help you 🙂 YEAH!!


  • Paige Campbell

    Yes, it worked! Thanks for the idea, and your help 🙂

  • so glad that helped 🙂