I often find inspiration from other creative people; I mentioned HERE a blog called A Beautiful Mess as a resource where I find inspiration. This blog entry HERE showed instructions for a very cute advent calendar, so I came up with my own version. We're not huge on Santa in our house and we don't like to make Christmas about getting gifts, so I decided to make our calendar days the Nativity Story from the bible. If you'd like a list of the scriptures send me an email, I'd be happy to them to you (firstname.lastname@example.org). Joseph cut the wood for me and helped me paint the tree in the freezing cold! I think our advent calendar tree turned out pretty cute.