These creative advent calendars might inspire your next one

Madison mom Amy Stanford creates magazine-worthy advent calendar concepts for her kiddos
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Amy Stanford — who is a Madison mom, an interior design enthusiast, a mouse house maker and a cake baker among many other titles — has outdone herself year after year on the Christmas advent calendars she’s crafted inside her home. Her large-scale installations have become a hit with her kids, Paige, Edith, Claire and Ben, who get prompts like “write a letter to Santa” or tiny trinkets in the interactive calendars. The magazine featured the home of Stanford and her husband, Chris, in the April 2021 issue.

Here are the last three advent calendars Stanford has created:

2021’s Paper Lanterns
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2020’s Paper Village

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2019’s Branch and Boxes
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BONUS ADVENT IDEA: Check out this giant advent calendar created by Cedar & Spice, a local event and brand designer and fabricator!

 

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