I’m in no way religious.. for some reason I feel the need to put that out there..
When we were kids we went through a few different types of advent calendars. I don’t remember ever having the chocolate variety, but we did have one for a while that had little cubbies that we would pull tiny wooden ornaments out of to dress our miniature tree with. Later we had a quilted calendar that hung on the wall near our larger real tree that had pockets. We would pull stuffed ornaments out and velcro them to the quilted tree above.
I found this adorable pop-up advent calendar at work by Eric Carle, the creator of A Very Hungry Caterpillar, a favorite children’s book of mine.
I’m not quite sure how we’ll use it again next year.. as it seems like it’d be difficult to keep the paper ornaments from slipping out from under their numbers… we’ll see.