How To: A very Tolkien-esque Advent Calendar

Still need a advent calendar, but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Then I’ve got a great solution for you! Ok, sorry guys for this info-mercial type of tone, but some of you really won’t have to spend a single cent on this advent calendar. Really!

I’m not that much into that Christmas hype, so my seasonal decor and rites are very minimalistic. So last year, I decided to turn my copy of ‘Letters from Father Christmas’ by J.R.R. Tolkien into a very simple advent calender. All I ended up doing for this was dividing the letters into 24 days, put numbered sticky tabs into the book and viola, my Tolkien-esque advent calender on a budget was done! Why 24 days, you may ask. The answer is simple, im many countries in Europe, the big Christmas celebration, where the gifts are exchanged, is on December 24th.

I’ve enjoyed this Tolkien-esque advent calendar so much that I decided to turn it into a dradition and do it every year from now on.

tolkien advent calendar

Now, if you’re interested in recreating it yourself, here is how I divided that short book into 24 days.

  • Day 1: Letter 1920
  • Day 2: Letter 1923
  • Day 3: Letter 1924
  • Day 4: Letter 1925
  • Day 5: Letter 1926
  • Day 6: Letter 1927
  • Day 7: Letter 1928
  • Day 8: Letter 1929
  • Day 9: Letter 1930
  • Day 10: Letter 1931
  • Day 11: Letter 1932 Nov. 30th
  • Day 12: Letter 1932 Dec. 23rd.
  • Day 13: Letter 1933 Dec. 2nd
  • Day 14: Letter 1933 Dec 21nd
  • Day 15: Letter 1934
  • Day 16: Letter 1935
  • Day 17: Letter 1936
  • Day 18: Letter 1937
  • Day 19: Letter 1938
  • Day 20: Letter 1939
  • Day 21: Letter 1940
  • Day 22: Letter 1941
  • Day 23: Letter 1942
  • Day 24: Letter 1943


Do you have any bookish or Tolkien-esque advent calenders? Why not share it with the rest of us?


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