I would try as countdown to school, birthday or an advent cal. Question of the Day Calendar.small paper cups, a backboard to hold them, and numbered pieces of tissue paper to cover them. Could do a writing prompt for each day.
My advent calendar consists of 24 little houses made out of paper. They can be easily folded flat for storage. Could be an easy way to create an elaborate Christmas village that is easy to store but looks fantastic and festive.