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I don't like chocolate Advent calendars...

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MorticiaAnnSpookington Fri 17-Oct-08 23:41:23

it just seems wrong somehow, give me a proper Nativity scene with just windows to open..but daresay I'm in the minority here !

TheFallenMadonna Fri 17-Oct-08 23:42:45

I get the DC a picture one. Because I have such fond memories from my childhood. Ironically, my mum buys them a chocolate one grin

LadyOfWaffleIsScaryEnough Fri 17-Oct-08 23:42:55

I hate them. I can never find any 'normal' ones, except at garden centres sometimes.

Quadrophenia Fri 17-Oct-08 23:43:43

can't stand them never have anywqhere to put them either and the chocolates always fall down to the bottom

MorticiaAnnSpookington Fri 17-Oct-08 23:44:10

yes, think it must be that partly with me...ds sometimes gets given a chocolate one by friends but I always get a trad. one (with glitter)...it just seems right

BetteNoire Fri 17-Oct-08 23:44:31

Me neither.
Don't see the point of rewarding someone with chocolate simply for opening a paper window.

MorticiaAnnSpookington Fri 17-Oct-08 23:45:31

ah, am not alone...agree with you there BetteNoir...

PhantomOfTheChocolateCake Fri 17-Oct-08 23:45:41

I have one with little draws underneith, you pull them out and put a tiny decoration on the wooden tree above. It's really sweet. I hate the chocolate ones. The chocolate always tastes like plastic.

Quadrophenia Fri 17-Oct-08 23:46:50

I actually like the chocolate blush

LynetteScavo Fri 17-Oct-08 23:47:17

I odn't like chocolate ones, although last year the only one left in the whole of our town was a Lint chocolate one. (OK, so maybe I shouldn't have left it 'till the 2nd Dec)
But anyway I bought this £5 advent calender, and because it was so expensive told the DC's they has to share it. I was so proud that they did share it, and took turns each day. smile

crokky Fri 17-Oct-08 23:48:53

I absolutely ADORE chocolate advent calendars. I loved having them as a child and I have bought my 2.7 year old a lovely chocolate Thomas one! I used to love the countdown to Christmas that you get by opening the windows and I was thrilled with the chocolate.

Tidey Fri 17-Oct-08 23:50:27

I like them if they're nice chocolate, but the cheap ones are revolting.

Olihan Fri 17-Oct-08 23:50:35

We have one of those fabric ones, with all the people from the Nativity scane, plus a few trees and animals and you add one figure a day to the scene so by Christmas Eve you have the whole nativity. It's lovely and will last for ever, I hope.

They do tend to be bought the chocolate ones by relatives but I am a bit of a weirdy mum who thinks Christmas should have something to do with Jesus, without whom there would be no Christmas. I'm not particularly religious but I don't want my kids growing up to think Christmas is just about presents and chocolates and food.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 17-Oct-08 23:51:07

I reward myself with chocolate for a lot less on too frequent a basis grin

BetteNoire Fri 17-Oct-08 23:52:34

We make Advent paper chains.
The children remove one link each day, and it has a message that they wrote when they made them eg: make Christmas cards, or do something kind for my brother.
I write the link for Christmas Eve and cover the writing up with paper. It has the hiding place of a little gift for each of them, usually a christmas tree bauble with their name on, or a christmas candle.

PhantomOfTheChocolateCake Fri 17-Oct-08 23:53:46

Ahh, that's sweet. smile Do you mind if I do this Bette?

LynetteScavo Fri 17-Oct-08 23:55:48

Bette is teh only person in the whole world who is alowed to do that! wink

PhantomOfTheChocolateCake Fri 17-Oct-08 23:56:46

sad Pleeeeaaaaassssseeeee? smile

BetteNoire Sat 18-Oct-08 00:01:18

Ah... I'll think about it.
<<hurriedly licenses idea>>
wink

MrsWeasley Sat 18-Oct-08 00:01:38

perhaps you would like this?

We don't do the chocolate ones, we have a reusable advent calendar and in each pouch is a special (to us) decoration for the tree.

Last year we also had one from Phoenix cards where each window revealed a tradition from another country.

EachPeachPearMum Sat 18-Oct-08 00:04:49

olihan - where is yours from? GLTC?

jura Sat 18-Oct-08 00:11:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

witcheseve Sat 18-Oct-08 00:11:25

My SIL always sent DD an advent calender without the chocs. The look of disapointment in her face was classic. Of course I explained that we never had chocs and the significance etc!

Its only middle of October, lets not stress about Christmas yet.

You can always lentil weave your own advent calender, then you can bring it out every year. We did this with tree decs, they mean so much, you know the stupid crap ones that dont colour co-ordinate but you love so much.

Olihan Sat 18-Oct-08 00:12:23

Letterbox, I think, EPPM. My mum bought it for ds1 for his first Christmas. It's the old version of this one. Ours is landscape and slightly darker blue and green but the figures are the same.

EachPeachPearMum Sat 18-Oct-08 00:20:14

Thanks!

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