Last year, for school, I was looking for an advent calendar type of idea that would be more on the "educational" and Bible side of things. I stumbled upon this blog/post, and LOVED it!!! I knew her idea would work better in my home, and didn't have the time to do all the searching, so here is how I changed it up a bit to work for my little school kiddos:
Here is my Christmas tree:
(star tutorial found here; the rest is just cut paper for the tree)
I used the Christmas collection of scrapbook paper from the ActivityVillage website, and mounted those on "library card" envelopes. Then I copied and reformatted the "meaning of Christmas" readings and glued them on cards to fit in the pockets.here and here. They worked beautifully--very talented people to make them for me to use!!! Thank you!
If you need yet another way to do advent and teaching the "real" meaning of Christmas, here is what I did. . .