Santa's Beard Countdown to Christmas Calendar. Perfect for kids to work on fine motor & cutting skills. Maybe a snowman to countdown to winter/Christmas break. Or a flower or spring item with wavy lines for Spring break countdown.
Very simple and sweet. I love that the original post says, "without the religious overtones this could be fun - maybe moving a gnome or star?" Sure, because why would we want religious overtones on Christmas -- you know, CHRIST'S MASS?
The Petit Cadeau: Filling Your Advent Calendar: Part 3 Great list of Christmas things to do. Thoughts to write on notes and pop in your Advent Calendar draws. Thoughtful and kind and fun. Getting into the Christmas spirit with kids.