I love these traditional German advent calendars for my kids. No chocolate. No plastic toys. Just a Christmas image behind a little door every evening. ^ This one is for my son. There is a whole series of German books about the bear and his little friend the rabbit that he loves to read together.
^ A girly Christmas market for my daughter.
^ And I spent 10 euro on this advent calendar book: a story every day until Christmas. Reading books together with my kids is one of the best parts of being a mother!