12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 1 Advent Calendar #12JollyDays

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To me, the holidays is all about spending time with family and loved ones. There’s something special about this time of year and we really love to focus on one another as much as possible. Over the years, we have created our own holiday traditions and we look forward to them every year. So for the next twelve days, I will be sharing some of our family’s favorite holiday activities that you can do with your own family and hopefully integrate into your own traditions. Personal Creations will be joining in on the fun by providing a $500 gift card! Each day you will have the opportunity to enter!

I thought I’d begin with our favorite Christmas activity – the Advent Calendar. We have been doing one for several years and it is such a wonderful way to count down the days until Christmas. To be honest, we do several Advent Calendars. We have a small toy one for Lucas, a Nativity Book Advent (read a short story every night) and our favorite – a Family Activity Advent Calendar.


It sits in the kitchen and every morning Lucas runs downstairs and opens the day’s activity.





Each day is filled with a special activity for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the activities are big – like going to see A Christmas Carol at the theater – and some of the activities are small – like singing Christmas carols while sipping on a mug hot cocoa.


Big or small. We look forward to each day.


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Santa Advent Figurine Calendar by Personal Creations. This personalized Advent Calendar is both fun and elegant and looks beautiful in the home. It’s made of wood and has numbered drawers that can be filled with a small chocolate or toy or rolled up paper with an activity. 

Family Holiday Rules Canvas by Personal Creations. Filled with good cheer, these “rules” set the stage for a holiday filled with laughter and love. Durable, museum-grade art canvas is stretched over a solid wood frame. Personalize with any name up to 12 characters.

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  1. I love the Family Tree throw!

  2. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to get the “You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas” I love that so much!

  3. I would like to get the Oversized Metal Family Tree Sculpture and Frames.

  4. I love Reasons I love My Kitchen Canvas.

  5. Yesenia Torres says:

    I want one 🙂

  6. Yazmin V, says:

    I like family tree

  7. LOVE the wood cutting board!!

  8. Adrienne gordon says:

    I’d give personalized ornaments

  9. maritza jimenez says:

    I like the tree ornaments.

  10. I would love to gift the nuts about you pistachio jar!

  11. Margaret Smith says:

    I like the Snowball-Fight-In-A-Bucket

  12. natali alvarez (facebook- Elamor de Tuvida) says:

    I want all jiji

    i want the rag dolls, kids luggage, custom throw and hALF YARD OF ALE.

  13. I love the kids luggage

  14. joanne major says:

    Family Wood Veneer Puzzle Wall Plaque is my favorite

  15. Tari Lawson says:

    I would love to give the Carved Heart Art Canvas to my nephew and his new wife.

  16. One of the items that I would love to get is the Family of Winter Characters Oval Ornament

  17. I’d love to give the Snowman Candy Cane Mugs as a gift! They are adorable!

  18. I’d love to get: Vintage Handcrafted Needlepoint Stockings. They remind me of the ones my grandma used to make.

  19. I love the travel destinations map!

  20. I’d give one of the cutting boards

  21. I would love to give my kids the Canvas Bookcase

  22. you are my happily ever after canvas

  23. Lynda Del says:

    Love the Rectangle Casserole Dish and the Mason Drinking Jar.

  24. mackenzie parsons says:

    glass keepsake box

  25. Kristy Hughes says:

    Love this Snowman Countdown Advent Calendar!

  26. Nicole Dz says:

    I would love to gift my mom the Home Is Where Your Story Begins Throw. She would love this draped on her couch.

  27. Trisha Burgess says:

    I would love to get the family rocks door mat!!

  28. I would like to give the Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen to my daughter!! So cute, and a lot better than the one she has that keep falling apart.

  29. I like the Home Family Coat Rack for my daughter in law

  30. I love the rag dolls and I know my daughter would too!

  31. LunaRaven says:

    The jewelry tree is cute.

  32. The Mini Wood Speaker would be a great gift for my college age kids!

  33. the christmas stockimgs

  34. crystal sheckles-gibson says:

    I would love to get the Garage warning sign for my husband.

  35. I would like to receive the Christmas Glass Cutting Board.

  36. Shirley Smith says:

    I would love to give all my Granddaughters one of the beautiful Rag dolls engraved with there names on it.

  37. Brigitte B says:

    I would love to give the Snowball Fight In A Bucket to my brother who moved from snowy Michigan to sunny California.

  38. Amazing chance! Thank you!

  39. Karen Giasson says:

    Thank You for the opportunity!!!

  40. I would love the Carved Heart Art Canvas

  41. Erin Carty says:

    SNowball fight in a bucket is adorable!

  42. Katie Murray says:

    I love the Snowball-Fight-In-A-Bucket.

  43. Peggy Johnson says:

    The Home & Family Blessings plaque I would like to give my daughter

  44. Lisa Williams says:

    I love the cute rag dolls,they are adorable!

  45. Erin Hussman says:

    I would like the Carved Heart Art Canvas.

  46. Tanya Miranda says:

    I would love to get the Premium Rudolph Character Long Johns for my son!

  47. Nicole Vosburgh says:

    I’d love the Winter Wonderland stockings for my family!

  48. aqui ando tambien en este me encanto el Critter Cozy Plush siesta Mat que hermoso

  49. I love the Family Rules Canvas and the Family Christmas Rules Canvas.

  50. heather e.g. kaufman says:

    I would like the Fix-It Shop Metal Sign for my husband.

  51. Kim Kihega says:

    I love the Wooden Art Easel for kids.

  52. Melissa Douglass says:

    I love the family tree and the “you are my happily ever after” sign!

  53. I love the canvas bookcase.

  54. would give a tablet to my son

  55. Rosalyn W says:

    I like the Snowball-Fight-In-A-Bucket! So clever!

  56. I would want to give my mom the red angel figure. Thanks!

  57. Ancilla J. says:

    I would get one of the canvas for my bedroom.

  58. Lisa Breece says:

    I love the snowball fight in a bucket it’s adorable.

  59. Lisa Stover says:

    I love the Architectural Alphabet Framed Print. I think they are so creative:)

  60. Our kids would LOVE the Snowman Soup Bowl

  61. The Snuggle Up family ornament is cute.

  62. I like the Heart Charm Bracelet

  63. ooo bracelet

  64. tracey johnson says:

    King of the Grill-A-Tongs

  65. Karen Leonard says:

    I like the beverage tub

  66. I would really love to get the You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas. My husband and I are newlyweds, and this would be a really lovely addition to our home.

  67. The frog couple welcome & sign

  68. I want the Classic Ornament Canvas.

  69. Leslie S. says:

    I would love to get the “Merry Christmas From Heaven Locket” for my friend whose father recently passed away.

  70. I would like to give the Baby Alphabet Quilt to my new neice.

  71. Theresa A from Tulsa says:

    I love the tree ornaments.

  72. The Hello Kitty in stocking. There are too many things to choose from.

  73. Lily Curry says:

    Picture perfect Christmas ornament

  74. Idaho Jill says:

    I’d love the personalized Knit Argyle / Snowflake Stockings!

  75. Stacey Roberson says:

    I would love to have the Architectural “LOVE” Photo Frame to use for my wedding photos.

  76. Jennifer Herman says:

    I like the personalized Snowman Candy Cane Mugs.

  77. I like the Family Tree throw.

  78. Toni Porter says:

    I love the Holiday Lights Christmas Tapestry. It would look amazing in my entry (well, next year!).

  79. I like the Birthstone Snowflake Ornament, and something I would give is the Picture a Perfect Christmas Ornament.

  80. Tenley Erickson says:

    I would get the Soulmates Framed Print for my Hubby:) I ♥ him so very much!

  81. I would love to give my mom the Mother’s Embrace Birthstone Pendant – 14K GP

  82. Patty Chase says:


  83. nannypanpan says:

    I like the baby owl ornament

  84. Danielle Porter says:
  85. I like the Personalized Stuffies!!

  86. Deb Jackson says:

    I would kick the kickasserole dish.

  87. John Herman says:

    The personalized Holiday Coasters.

  88. wen budro says:

    I would love to give or get the initial, movie night, man cave popcorn bowls.

  89. love the personalized raggedy ann dolls

  90. Kat Gober says:

    I’d love to be gifted the Mom on the Go diaper bag!

  91. Hmm, we could definitely use some new (replacement) light-up stockings for our crew. But that kickasserole dish cracks me up. I’d probably gift one to my mom.

  92. shantelle stately says:

    They have such an amazing collection it is hard to choose! I would love to get a personalized piece of wall art for our family.

  93. sara giresi says:

    I love the Ragdolls

  94. Kathryn Gutierrez says:

    Love personal creations. You can use any moniker you want. My grandchildren call me Ahma and I have created 2 shirts using this and all their names. The first only included 9 grands. Two children later I ordered one with all 11 plus my 2 daughters names. I get great comments on them and always tell where I got them.

  95. Sandra L Hying McFadden says:

    Carved Heart Art Canvas is the one thing that I would like.

  96. Katie Bellamy says:

    I’d love to get all the Grandma & Grandpa’s some personalized coffee mugs & Some ornaments for our family!

  97. A Rag Doll for my niece.

  98. The snowball fight in a bucket would be a funny gift for my friends near Phoenix.

  99. Terri Moore says:

    I like the for baby’s first Christmas glass ornament. This would be for my little 3 mo old grand son, I’m so excited he is here.

  100. sherri crawford says:

    i like the family tree throw

  101. Love to give the Holiday Family Tree Throw.

  102. I like the polka dot glass ornament.

  103. gayle gildehaus says:

    I would love to get two sets of the mixing bowls.One for my mom and one for me :}

  104. Michelle Proper says:

    I would love to give the Galvanized Beverage Tub to my Daughter!

  105. Angela A Simmons says:

    I like the Mini Leather Watch Box for my husband

  106. Jessica H says:

    I would love to get new personalized stockings for my family.

  107. CRISSIE WOOLARD says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE Knit Argyle / Snowflake Stockings

  108. So many cool things! I love the Knit Argyle snowflake stockings!

  109. I really like the Vintage Handcrafted Needlepoint Stockings.

  110. I would love to gift the Dog Bone Bowls & Placemat to my dog, Hazel! 🙂

  111. I don’t have a tree skirt so I would love to have the Winter Wonderland Tree Skirt. Thank you!

  112. allyson tice says:

    i would like to give the Family Rocks doormat to my sister in law!

  113. Maria Beas De Bonilla says:

    I would love to buy a Family Initial Framed Print. Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful giveaway.

  114. Tina Bredbury says:

    I love a lot of things, esp the family tree throw

  115. Lisa mendez says:

    these are all so cute!

  116. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i like the Chevron Monogram Doormat

  117. Birdiebee says:

    I would love to give my daughter the Dog Breed Pajamas,

  118. Cindy Brooks says:

    I’d love the Birthstone Pearl Necklace for myself!

  119. golden storm says:

    I would like to get the You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas for my girlfriend and Birthstone Snowflake Ornament for myself

  120. staci wells mefford says:

    Love the family tree such a great keepsake thank you for your generosity

  121. breanna pollard says:

    TYSM for the chance

  122. Tammy Schweitzer Catterton says:

    You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas just say this one would be great just got married in October hope it is forever

  123. Heather McKenzie Carter says:

    I would like to both give and receive the year to remember print 🙂

  124. I love the Snowman⛄ Candy Cane Mugs beautiful one for each of us to enjoy yummylicious hot chocolate! Love it! Ty for the chance.

  125. I love the Baby’s First Christmas rocking horse ornament

  126. lillaniegirl says:

    I would like to win many of the products, let’s just say the kitchen stuff such as the wood cutting board!

  127. mickeyfan says:

    I really want a new set of Christmas stockings and think the Vintage needlepoint ones would be awesome.

  128. Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    I like the Stoneware Casserole Dishes

  129. A cutting board

  130. David Haug says:

    The personalized casserole dish!

  131. Yovanna JG says:

    I would like to give my family a Photo Doormat – 24 x 36 I loved

  132. I love the Tangled in Lights LED Stocking

  133. I would love to get plenty of kitchen accessories for holiday entertaining. The round casserole dish would top my list.

  134. I love the What a Difference a Day Makes print.

  135. The Home/Family Coat Rack would make a great gift.

  136. Angela Krout says:

    I would love the Home family coat rack. I get tired of constantly picking up coats.

  137. Nicole Trevisan says:

    Heart of the Home Canvas

  138. LOVE the advent calendar!

  139. Vicky Watkins says:

    Red Angel Figurine

  140. I like the snowball-fight basket 🙂

  141. abedabun dawn says:

    I would love to have the Kidkraft Rectangle Table and 2pc Chair Set to give to my grand daughter. It would give her her own space to work on.

  142. Thomas Gerber says:

    the advent calendar is kewl

  143. Winter Wonderland stockings seem cool 🙂

  144. Jeanie Hicken says:

    The love the Flip-Flop Mosaic Stepping Stones

  145. Elizabeth Allen says:

    I would love to win this prize, I could use it.

  146. Terry Mascenic says:

    I love so many items from “Personal Creations”. The one I’d like to receive as a gift is the “Travel Destination Map”. I love maps!

  147. I’d love to give the Santa Advent Figurine to my friend since she’s starting a family and I think the kids would love it.

  148. I love the personalized snowmen ornaments – they’d look lovely on our tree!

  149. after loosing our house and everything in it to a fire last month, everything on that site is something on my wishlist 😉 I love it all

  150. Elaine Powell says:

    Neck of the Woods Beverage Container

  151. Welcome Bear

  152. Love the set of 3 nested bowls! For myself… 🙂

  153. Michelle Brown says:

    I would love to win. I need what I can get in my life.

  154. Michelle Brown says:

    The jewelry tree is a nice thing to have

  155. Ana Beltran says:

    I like the Family Around Christmas Tree Ornament

  156. Ana Beltran says:

    I love the Family Around Christmas Tree Ornament

  157. Linda Bradshaw says:

    I would love the rag dolls for my granddaughter. I know she would love them.

  158. lore pedraza says:

    I love the site you can personalize detail for the whole family

  159. Tanya White says:

    I like the birthstone pearl necklace, I would like each color for my 5 kids.

  160. Glass Keepsake Box for my mom

  161. richelle bowers says:

    I like the Bridal Party Flip Flops

  162. T Michelle Trump says:

    I would love the Family Initial Framed Print for my sister!

  163. I really like the Celtic Knot Doormat.

  164. Megan Parsons says:

    I’d like to get my daughter the Cozy-Time Bean Bag Chair

  165. carol clark says:

    You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas

  166. Susan Chester says:

    I would love to give the Touch Throw to my mom for Christmas.

  167. Val Pearson says:

    This is one of my favorite sites. I would totally get the” I Know My Limit Colossal Wine Glass” for my daughter. It would crack her up. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  168. I would love the boys fun graphic backpack for my youngest son

  169. I like the Woodland Critters Wall Prints. They would look cute in my grandson’s room.

  170. Annmarie W. says:

    I would love it if our dog would give our family the Family Rules Canvas!

  171. Jessica Hughes says:

    I love the family tree how cute!

  172. bluecat731 says:

    I’d get the Family Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser.

  173. Ellie Wright says:

    I love the Snowball-Fight-In-A-Bucket

  174. Julie Waldron says:

    I would love the Family of Winter Characters Oval Ornament

  175. I would love to get the Galvanized Beverage Tub

  176. I liked the name meaning mugs

  177. Maria Iemma says:

    I would love to have the Classic Ornament Canvas

  178. Brenda Saball says:

    I love a lot of the items shown but I would start with the I Am My Beloved’s Acrylic Block

  179. I would love to try the microfiber backrest pillow

  180. Kristina Kohler says:

    Christmas Pouch Pals . and the Santa long-johns stockings..

  181. Della Taraska says:

    The boys fun graphic back pack .

  182. Dawn Keenan says:

    I really like the Family Christmas Rules Canvas. How cute!

  183. Elly Whitt says:

    Great Blog. Can’t wait for my kids to take a look and see what we should make first.

  184. Debra Evanson says:

    I like the woodie family tree ornament

  185. I love the set of three nested mixing bowls

  186. What a difference a day makes print. I think that is just lovely. I would gift it to a beautiful couple i know who just welcomed a baby girl a few months ago.

  187. I want to give my bestie the You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas. She is newly married so I know shed love it

  188. Jill Sharp says:

    I really like the family rules canvas.

  189. Love the Family Rules canvas!

  190. Rachel Travis says:

    The kids luggage! 🙂

  191. Jodi Kershuk says:

    I love the elegant wooden jewlery box.

  192. stocking monkeys and ornaments

  193. Molly Hearn says:

    You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas

  194. Melissa Patton says:

    Travel Destination Maps

  195. Sheila Vives says:

    There are several personalized kitchen items I would like to have especially with the dishes so no one runs off with my serveware at potluck dinners 😉

  196. I really like the Rag Dolls. I can get one or each daughter and they wont be able to fight over them.

  197. Ali Carriazo says:

    I’d love to give my dad the personalized BBQ cutting board!

  198. I like the Family Tree

  199. Love the Sock Monkey Stockings ! Thanks

  200. ventura lara hilaria says:

    First Noel Family Ornament love this

  201. i love the pretty In My Heart Locket Necklace! 🙂

  202. Melissa Teears says:

    I would love to receive a Custom Throw with a pic of my son on it.

  203. I really love the Classic Ornament Canvas.

  204. The canvas bookcase is really nice.

  205. Love personalized ornaments

  206. I like the Glass Keepsake Box.

  207. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I’d give the Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen.

  208. Tammie Venne says:

    I love the puzzle of life, would be great to give or get

  209. I want it all! But I would settle for the What A Difference A Day Makes Print

  210. tammy farrar says:

    i like the doormats

  211. Laura Lanza says:

    Sock Monkey Stockings are so cute – would love them.

  212. I would give several of the I Know My Limit Colossal Wine Glasses to some family members

  213. jen bolander says:

    im love the personalized stockings

  214. Lisa Garner says:

    I would love to get the Holiday Berry Wreath Pillow.

  215. Winter Wonderland stockings

  216. ReggieMann says:

    The Brightest Star Fairy Ornament would be a great gift for my niece

  217. Brittney House says:

    I would like the canvas bookcase.

  218. I would love the heart stepping stones with my kids names for my backyard, would be oh so pleasing!

  219. tina d reynolds says:

    I really like You Are My Happily Ever After Canvas

  220. Karen Drake says:

    I would like to give my daughter The Tree of Life Necklace.

  221. I love the Carved Heart Art Canvas

  222. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would love the Perfect Pair Mason Drinking Jar – Set Of 2.

  223. I like the Reasons Why Mug. They would be nice to get or give.

  224. I would like to receive the Reasons I Love… Wood Keepsake Box

  225. Thank You for the giveaway… would give my wife the Mother’s Love Birthstone Necklace

  226. Christian Alejandro says:

    I liked the knit stockings.

  227. I love the Family Rules Canvas.


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