The introverted mom’s advent calendar

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Hey there, fellow introverted mama. The countdown has begun.

We can face the upcoming weeks with wonder, delight, and sacred stillness.

OR we can crash and burn–driving ourselves into the ground as we attempt to do more and be more and have more and shop more. Which will we choose?

This time of year can be a challenge for moms of any personality type, but I think introverted mothers are especially susceptible to ending up drained and depleted before Christmas even arrives. 

So I had a gift made that will help us. And I hope you LOVE it as much as I do!

You see, throughout this season we work hard to create an inspiring home atmosphere for those we love: we bring up the decorations from the basement, we choose a tree, we test the fairy lights. We make to-do lists for the weeks ahead and think about all that needs to be done.

But this year we’re also going to have a tool to remind us that in order to stay healthy as introverted mothers, we genuinely need a little alone time to recharge each day, especially as Christmas nears:

It’s the introverted mom’s advent calendar!

Here’s how it works:

1. Pop your email into this form and I’ll send the FREE printable advent calendar straight to your in-box. (And yes, extroverted moms who want extra self-care reminders this season are welcome to join in, too!)

2. Download and print it out! Regular paper is absolutely fine, though you can use cardstock.

3. Cut out all 24 slips–or have a child do it for you! Each one is a self-care “permission slip.” There is also a page of blank slips so you create your own if you prefer. Just make sure you have 24 total.

4. After you’ve cut the slips, fold the part with the self-care suggestion over (see above), so that you can no longer see it. This will keep each day’s treat a surprise until you “unwrap” it.

5. Find a bowl or basket of some sort to keep your advent calendar in. (I put mine in my favorite tea tin!) Keep this bowl by your bedside or in a “Mama only” space.

6. Beginning December 1st, randomly choose a permission slip from your bowl. They are interchangeable so it doesn’t matter what order you go in–that’s the fun part!

Here are just a few examples of the calendar’s self-care suggestions:

  • Light a candle & read a favorite holiday poem aloud for yourself. Google “Little Tree” if you need one to start with. 
  • Write a list of everything good that has come into your life today.
  • Go “nature shopping” for a few moments. Bring at least one item back in to enjoy.
  • FYI: Some of the slips have web addresses included – carefully type these in exactly as printed for fun surprises!

7. Carve out a little time for you each day. You have my official permission to get the kids’ settled with a holiday audio book, put them in front of a video, or just ask them to play in their rooms–whatever it takes!

8. Enjoy a more peaceful holiday season! The point of this advent calendar isn’t to make ourselves the focus of these days. Rather it’s to keep ourselves fueled so that we can truly revel in Christ’s birth, and in these precious moments spent with our families.

Introverted mama, don’t run yourself into the ground this advent. Let these tiny permission slips become a symbol to help you remember, each day, what matters most.

Again, find the form here to have the advent calendar delivered to your inbox!

Use the buttons at the bottom of this post to share the calendar with other introverted moms you know:

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She is the co-founder and editor of Simple Homeschool, where she writes about mindful parenting, intentional education, and the joy found in a pile of books. Jamie is also the author of a handful of titles, including her newest release, Give Your Child the World.


  1. This is awesome! Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you SO much for this!

  3. What a fun idea! Homeschool moms SO need permission to take care of themselves. Thanks for this. 🙂
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  4. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  5. The day after tomorrow, my husband is taking DD to a hotel for a staycation by the beach (Waikiki 🙂) so I can have a 4 day retreat on my own at home! I’ve already put 6 DVDs on hold at the library! Looking forward to relaxing.
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  6. I there. I’ve tried 3 times to get this to work and I haven’t seen any email. I’ve checked my spam and promotions folder and everything. This really sounds like something I would enjoy. Is there any other way to get it?
    Thank you so much for your time.

  7. Trishna Martin says:

    Hey Mom, I’ve just read your post! Very good and I love the photos that you took.

    Love Trishna (Pianist) 💡😎🎹

  8. thank you!!!

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