Instead of just doing chocolate, I bought a variety of treats from the Bulk Barn - chocolates yes, but also some dried apples, ringolos, cheesies, and banana chips. I put them in little baggies and stuffed them in the pockets.
I also found something on Pinterest that had a scripture reading per day, so I wrote those out on a card and we will read those as well.
For the record, we do not do Elf on the Shelf, it just doesn't appeal to me. As is typical when something becomes really popular, I instead deliberately avoid it. I am a band wagon jumper for a lot of things, but I have never read Harry Potter, Twilight, Da Vinci Code, 50 Shades of Grey, Hunger Games, etc. Although for Hunger Games, I do plan on reading the books when all the movies have come out, so I could change my mind about Elf on the Shelf. For now, we're going to stick with the advent calendar.