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Since when did advent calendars become about brands rather than Christmas?

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Flamingflume Tue 01-Dec-15 14:17:10

AIBU to think that opening a window to reveal a Christmas related picture is much more exciting that scoffing a chocolate and looking at the empty plastic and foil for the rest of the day?

And to make matters worse kids seem to all have at least 2 advent calendars nowadays. Have we all gone mad and totally played into the marketing departments hands?

Disclaimer : lighthearted

TheChippendenSpook Tue 01-Dec-15 14:22:26

YANBU at all. I used to love guessing what shape the chocolate would be and what picture would be behind it.

They all seem to contain rubbish chocolate these days aswell.

Buttons23 Tue 01-Dec-15 14:24:10

My son has 2 blush he has a picture one that his nan bought and then he has a nestle one. He liked both to be fair, very excited to open both since he is understanding more about Christmas(he is 2)

I don't get these toys and beauty advent calendars though, it seems a bit over the top for advent and must be expensive if you have more than one child.

Daisysbear Tue 01-Dec-15 14:25:57

YANBU. Yet another lovely tradition that has been commercialised and turned into a cheap moneyspinner sad

BabCNesbitt Tue 01-Dec-15 14:27:18

Is it even possible to get the traditional advent calendars any more without going to a specialist Christmas shop? The only ones I've seen have been either Star Wars, Thomas or Frozen chocolate ones (though I haven't been looking that hard as DD saw the Frozen one and glommed onto that).

gamerchick Tue 01-Dec-15 14:29:14

It's adults excitement at opening theirs that's got me pussy struck!

SewingAndCakes Tue 01-Dec-15 14:30:23

I've made one and fill it each day with chocolates (can't do the whole month as they'd get eaten --by me--). Still doesn't stop the kids wanting a branded one though sad

Flamingflume Tue 01-Dec-15 14:31:59

Yes, you can get traditional ones. My kids have them, although family have sent some with plastic tat in......thinking about sending the spares to charity for next year.

TeenAndTween Tue 01-Dec-15 14:34:03


We have a lovely one bought from Phoenix Cards about 10 years ago. It opens into a nativity scene and each day you slot in a character until the scene is complete.

The DDs also have chocolate calendars but fully understand which is the 'proper' one!

Vagabond Tue 01-Dec-15 14:36:48

I forgot about buying a NC so rushed out today to get one and it's lame and shite and all about Cadburys.

Every day has a branded chocolate. DD came home from school and announced it's the best advent calendar EVER.


Hygge Tue 01-Dec-15 14:37:18

They have traditional calendars in Waterstones.

Religious and Santa themed ones.

They were just the flat cardboard ones with a picture behind each door, and they were charging £8.99 for them. I'm not sure now who would pay that for a calendar with nothing but a picture in it.

We have a wooden one that I refill every year.

NickyEds Tue 01-Dec-15 14:39:47

Well I was born in 1979 and in my day I got one with a tiny plastic king/shepherd/star that you could put thread through and hang on the tree. By the time my my nephew came along 17 years later it was all Simpsons and Thomas the Tank. So sometime between 1979 and 1997 is as near as I can narrow it downsmile!

DawnOfTheDoggers Tue 01-Dec-15 14:59:25

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diddl Tue 01-Dec-15 15:07:40


Had a sneaking suspicion that there was something that I should have done but hadn't...

SpaggyBollocks Tue 01-Dec-15 15:15:45

my mum gets them in from Germany (I think) for her bookshop. this is mine, but I'm waiting for DH to get home before I open the first window smile

alleypalley Tue 01-Dec-15 15:21:09

I wanted to get traditional ones this year, I couldn't find any in the shops so looked on line and they started from about £8/9. I ended getting 2 Thorntons chocolate ones for £5 from the supermarket.

SpaggyBollocks Tue 01-Dec-15 15:28:09

they're a fiver in my mum's shop! drumming up chistmas trade

sleepyhead Tue 01-Dec-15 15:32:35

I used to love the ones where you opened a real window or door in the scene to see the picture. The 24th was usually a double door.

We have a reusable one a bit like (but not as nice as!) SewingAndCakes. There are numbered pockets underneath the tree with little felt decorations in each one which stick onto the tree with velcro. The dss love it and don't seem to care about the fact there's no chocolate.

BYOSnowman Tue 01-Dec-15 15:36:36

I made one this year with a tree and decorations each day and a sweet each. Sil brought them a choc one but that'll be mine as the kids don't like chocolate

It is sad. The magic is getting lost in the commercialisation. Santa is everywhere - when you see 4 in the space of five mins it takes the tarnish off!!

The kids are blasé about decorations too because there are trees and lights absolutely everywhere.

moggle Tue 01-Dec-15 15:39:12

I found loads of plain card ones on a stand in WHSmith this year, various different designs and various sizes ... nativity, santa and reindeer, cats, dogs, xmas trees. It did surprise me as it seemed like I hadn't seen any "normal" ones for ages. Anyway 12mo DD has a santa and reindeer one and it cost £3.99 I think. She loves opening destroying the flaps in books so I'm hoping she'll enjoy it...

Birdsgottafly Tue 01-Dec-15 15:39:18

I'm 47, I always had chocolate ones, but my Dad was in the Merchant Navy, so they may not have been from the UK.

I got wonderful Easter eggs, that no-one else had.

I saw a Advent Christmas tree, on the German Markets, was about a foot high and you hang a decoration every day, I wanted it for my bedroom, but my cat would object.

The only decent chocolate about seems to be Malters, or you've got to spend at least £5.

Higge Tue 01-Dec-15 15:42:37

Dcs have had the same one for years - a Santa with 24 pockets which I fill with various chocolates - definitely it's all about the chocolate and the countdown to Christmas...which is great, they love it!

StarlingMurmuration Tue 01-Dec-15 15:46:52

Oooh, Spaggy, I bought that for one of my nieces - they do miniature versions as Christmas cards, so I always send both nieces one every year. Hopefully not usurping their mother's prerogative to get them one, seems to be an issue in some families.

We always have a picture one, I'd much rather have that than empty foil and plastic. if I want chocolate that badly, I'll buy just buy some.

TinklyLittleLaugh Tue 01-Dec-15 15:47:01

We have a nativity one from Tesco that has Fairtrade chocolates and a little activity booklet telling the Christmas story. Chocolate donkey this morning.

InternationalHouseofToast Tue 01-Dec-15 15:58:53

I made DS have one which at least has Santa on it. They have made me really annoyed this year - what does Darth Vader have to do with Christmas?

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