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To be nostalgic about picture advent calenders?

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malificent7 Mon 20-Nov-17 22:46:31

The ones from my childhood. They were lovely and simple and non grabby.
We loved looking at the pictures.

lilydaisyrose Mon 20-Nov-17 22:47:42

I miss these too. You can still get them but my kids would be outraged if they didn't get their Dairy Milk ones sad

Muddlingalongalone Mon 20-Nov-17 22:48:38

Clinton's have some. We still have them every year from somewhere. I particularly like a 3-d nativity scene. Dd1 is looking forward to the poundland paw patrol she bought for herself.

DingleBerries Mon 20-Nov-17 22:48:40

Yes! I buy one for myself every year.

They are traditional and old school and pretty. A little glitter in places and just perfect.

Get one!

QuantumPixies Mon 20-Nov-17 22:49:06

I totally agree. They’re hard to find these days. The thought of spending £££s on an advent calendar is totally alien to me.

CatsAndCairngorms Mon 20-Nov-17 22:49:12

We still always have these. I normally get from a lovely independent toy shop near us but saw John Lewis have heaps of beautiful ones this year.

DingleBerries Mon 20-Nov-17 22:49:28

I got this one

A1Sharon Mon 20-Nov-17 22:50:13

Honestly just get one as well! The kids have chocolate ones and DH has a retro one. We have a competition each year to see how gets the most guesses right in the mornings.
Will it be holly, a wreath, a candy cane...! The excitement!!
It goes on FB and all his friends join in too. grin
Just get one.

JustPutSomeGlitterOnIt Mon 20-Nov-17 22:50:26

I'm 25 and I still only get these for my children. They're gorgeous.

toffee1000 Mon 20-Nov-17 22:51:03

My grandmother sends me one (I'm 22). I haven't had a chocolate one for a while although I will this year

BeTheHokeyMan Mon 20-Nov-17 22:51:35

I loved those as a child and always wanted one just for me so have treated myself to a beautiful one from amazon.Can't wait to get it blush will probably end up sharing with the kids even though they have both chocolate and Lego advent calendars to open angry

OlennasWimple Mon 20-Nov-17 22:52:24

Yes, I was thinking this when I was reading the Zoella rip off advent calendar thread

FreeSpiritJen Mon 20-Nov-17 22:52:34

I much prefer the traditional ones. Like this


I got mine last year from W H Smith. smile

teaandtoast Mon 20-Nov-17 22:53:55

After seeing a Christmas thread on here which mentioned traditional advent calendars, I bought one too. So pleased - I didn't realise you could still get the paper

housebyariver Mon 20-Nov-17 22:54:35

I volunteer in a Cards for Good Causes shop and there is a good choice of traditional advent calendars without any chocolate

PacAMac Mon 20-Nov-17 22:54:39

Me too! I got one in Clinton's cards.

MaximaDeWit Mon 20-Nov-17 22:54:53

This brought back some amazing memories of opening to see which picture was behind. I’m sold - will be ordering one tomorrow

SisterMoonshine Mon 20-Nov-17 22:55:33

I always get picture ones. I never bought into the chocolate ones - they just seem to look like litter. And it's not as though there's any shortage of chocolate and treats arounds, my DCs have certainly never felt they're missing out- they love the pictures, far more exciting.

Janettaw Mon 20-Nov-17 23:01:37

We've got one of those wooden doors ones. The DCs started moaning about the lack of chocolate a few years ago ("the elves" used to leave treats such as raisins etc which they liked when they were about 8).

Now they are teens I am tempted to just put nothing in the compartments except a note detailing their "good deed for the day".

Maybe they'd prefer an old style picture one like these to that .... smile

Enidblyton1 Mon 20-Nov-17 23:02:54

We always do picture advent calendars - this year a beautiful German one. It's a Victorian house which opens up and you can see all the rooms. My kids much prefer them to the chocolate calendars. Bit more expensive though - I paid an eye watering £13 for it!

planetclom Mon 20-Nov-17 23:04:51

I am nearly 50 and I remember these joyless pieces of cardboard with fondness because I always got a chocolate advent calendar my dad would bring back from Germany for me, oh the jealousy of the other children was palpable 😂

LifeOfBriony Mon 20-Nov-17 23:05:52

We had these as children - after Christmas we would close all the doors and put them away for next year.

ToEarlyForDecorations Mon 20-Nov-17 23:12:32

Fantastic !

Proper advent calendars ! Real excitement about the count down to Christmas Eve.

The advent calendars that people buy and use is of no concern of mine, i.e. makeup, or miniature bottles of wine etc

My aunt did buy us chocolate advent calendars back in the day. I have this abiding memory of the horrible waxy chocolate in the chocolate ones and hoping for a normal advent calendar instead.

Some parents have a problem with chocolate before breakfast in any case.

tulippa Mon 20-Nov-17 23:15:33

WHSmith do them.

fretfulsmarties Mon 20-Nov-17 23:36:05

We had the same one each year. My mum just shut the doors again. I didn't even know people bought new ones until speaking to a friend recently.

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