‘Tis the season! Christmas is approaching!

Advent Calendars are calendars that count 24 days from December 1st to Christmas Eve. Whether you share them with your friends and family, students, customers, or fanbase, they are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and hyped up for Christmas.

This article will show you how to create a digital Advent calendar that allows you to swap out chocolates and trinkets for all the online content you love. Every day, you can reveal a new piece of media specific to your community, audience, or friends. You can be extra creative when you fill a digital Advent calendar.

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Churches may also make a Christian advent calendar to celebrate the holiday with their congregation, but there are also other less traditional uses for an advent calendar. For a brand, creator, coach, or small business owner, a custom digital advent calendar can be a great way to engage your audience and drum up customer interest around the holidays. For a graphic designer or freelancer, it can be a great way to show off your skills and personality to attract potential clients.

Create Your Own Advent Calendar Online

To create your own Advent calendar, use this Advent calendar template. For each of the 24 days, you can add a photo and a number that represents that day. Every day you can reveal a new square and post the same graphic on social media, or you can fill in all the squares ahead of time, hide them, and share it with your clients.

Advent calendars work especially well on Instagram Stories since each Story lasts for exactly 24 hours. For each one of the 24 days leading up to Christmas, post the new version of the advent calendar on your Story. Other social media platforms like Twitter or Twitch work well too.

Kapwing's advent calendar template
Kapwing's advent calendar template

To make the advent calendar, click “Make It” to edit the template. You can use your computer, Chromebook, phone, or tablet to create your Advent calendar.

For each day, delete the corresponding wrapped gift and replace the placeholder below with your own content. You can change the background color by clicking “Background” from the bottom menu. You can mix up the order of the wrapped gifts by dragging them as you would like.

Kapwing's advent calendar template in editor

Once you've published, you'll have your own personal advent calendar to re-edit daily and reveal the surprises underneath.

Advent Calendar Ideas

Advent calendars are meant to get you and your followers into the holiday spirit! Here are some ideas for filling in your Advent calendar. You can focus on one or do a combination of many:

  • sneakers
  • date ideas
  • coupons
  • science experiments
  • outfits
  • funny memes
  • class topics
  • songs
  • videos
  • special photos
  • drawings
  • grammar rules
  • favorite websites
  • quotes

Share your Advent Calendar

Click Publish to create the digital advent calendar. Once your image/video is done loading you can download it.

For the next day you can edit your calendar on Kapwing and repeat the process. Be sure to save your link or go to “My Workspace” to find your saved Advent calendar. If you want to focus on the given day, you can return to the Advent calendar template page and only edit that day’s image.

Share your Advent calendar on social media with your friends and family, customers, or fanbase. This template works especially well for Instagram. It also works for teachers to use in the classroom or for students to create their own calendars.

Physical Advent Calendars

After you've created your advent calendar and revealed each square through Christmas Eve, you can print the digital version with all of the covers removed.

If you prefer the physical sphere, you can buy or make an empty Advent calendar to fill with chocolate or little trinkets. Companies also put out Advent calendars that contain a product as a present for each day including food, toys, body products, and even alcohol.