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I'm thinking of getting the dc these advent calendars...

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IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 21-Sep-12 21:58:45

Good Gifts

Our ds's are 4 and 6. Last year we had the usbourne colour in ones, and the year before some naice ones from John Lewis! I really dislike the chocolate Disney character ones, and was thinking that if they're having them this year perhaps these would be good. Opinions please.

usualsuspect3 Fri 21-Sep-12 22:00:25

very worthy.

mrsconfuseddotcom Fri 21-Sep-12 22:02:51

Dull as dishwater.

BiscuitNibbler Fri 21-Sep-12 22:05:10

I think this is all about you rather than your DCs, sorry.

Why take away simple childhood pleasures for a "cause"? Can't you do both?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 21-Sep-12 22:08:19

There'll be plenty of childhood pleasures, grandparents are likely to get them each a chocolate one that they'll catch up on each weekend.

As I thought though, a step too far.

chicaguapa Fri 21-Sep-12 22:10:41

I'm all for supporting the developing countries etc, but I don't think this advent calendar is suitable for 4 and 6. I think it would be better for a pre-teen/ teenager who could do with a reminder and a bit of perspective whilst begging for the iPhone 5. But I think yours are too young to understand or even need this message.

Nagoo Fri 21-Sep-12 22:13:41

for that money you could have one with lego in it.

Tryingtothinkofnewsnazzyname Fri 21-Sep-12 22:18:39

One for you and one for them! Simples.

I personally don't like the chocolate ones, though, as the chocolate is never very nice. I would get the Good Gifts one for yourself, get one of the cheapish WHS type ones that have obviously Christmassy pictures (tree, snowman, you know the score) for the DC, and buy them a bag of decent chocs to have one of each day. smile <wonders when we get Christmas smileys>

forcookssake Fri 21-Sep-12 22:19:55

I'm going to offer up a vote in support of those calendars - I've just clicked through the link, they're lovely and I think it's definitely a viable option for your DCs, particularly as you mentioned their GPs may well get the chocolate versions anyway.

Yes, true, they are worthy BUT perhaps introducing your DCs to mulling over their relative position, how small acts of kindness can make a difference AND refocussing DC's attention on giving not receiving during the festive season are positive things. You're not embarking on a new mandatory gift-giving manifesto to include only 'a-goat-for-a-village' and 'save-a-snow'leopard' type presents. This is just an alternative advent calendar idea.

VoldemortsNipple Sat 22-Sep-12 12:07:41

I like the idea that a lot of MNetters do. Buy or make a fl your own calender and each day put a little note of things to do. You could include give old toys to charity shop, buy a toy to give to the Christmas toy appeal or make a shoe box. If you wanted to, you could sponsor a child and put that as number 24. Other days you could have baking cookies, making Christmas cards, go for a winter walk, put up decorations.

I think spending time doing things as a family with gentle reminders of how lucky your dcs are, will have much more impact than opening a window with a picture of a bowl of rice tbh.

oldraver Sat 22-Sep-12 16:06:27

I think its a tad to tryhard worthiness, and takes the joy out of Christmas. There are plenty of worthy things you could do to let your DC's know there are other in a not so fortunate position....and I'ma person not overly keen on chocolate calendars anyhow.

Shesparkles Sat 22-Sep-12 16:09:41

I'd rather get them one from a poundshop and make a large donation to charity. It doesn't seem right to spend so much money on something that's supposed to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas if that's what you're trying to do

MonsterBookOfTysons Sat 22-Sep-12 19:43:23

grin Goo that did make me laugh.
Personally I think they are more aimed at adults, buy one for yourself smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 23-Sep-12 12:49:27

Yes, I think I might monster and let our ds's pick whichever one they fancy.

Keep everyone happy!

MonsterBookOfTysons Sun 23-Sep-12 13:00:34

Yes Iwish, I may do the same smile

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