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unhingedtoday Fri 01-Dec-17 10:48:22

How many advent calendars do your children have?
My DS has 3 which is a little excessive but hey ho, it's Christmas.
My husband thinks it's too many and he is spoilt!
AIBU or is he?

WhooooAmI24601 Fri 01-Dec-17 10:50:48

MIL bought them one, we had already bought them one then they both received one from school. I was chucking a load of stuff together for the food bank and asked them if they'd mind me putting the ones from school into the donation, both agreed so they've got two now; a sweetie one and a lego one.

confused123456 Fri 01-Dec-17 10:51:39

I'd say 1 is enough.
Though last year we got our ds one and my mum also got him one, so he had 2.

CheapSausagesAndSpam Fri 01-Dec-17 10:53:52

1! It's not a very special thing if they're like bloody smarties is it?

reallybadidea Fri 01-Dec-17 10:54:57

Mine have 1. I wouldn't say that 3 will spoil him but it does seem a bit excessive and wasteful.

IsItThursdayYet Fri 01-Dec-17 10:55:18

Technically we have two. I made one and the other is a book calendar, they will have a christmas/winter themed story each night (but I only did 10 books, because they won't mind reading them twice!).

EvilDoctorBallerinaRoastDuck Fri 01-Dec-17 10:56:39

They have one each! Why do they need more? fconfused

lightcola Fri 01-Dec-17 10:57:02

I bought them both a chocolate one but they have now received homemade ones from a family member so now have 2. This does mean however that I won’t be buying chocolate ones next year.

IggyAce Fri 01-Dec-17 10:59:23

We have a beautiful wooden advent house which I fill with sweets. They also get another one each. However my DD didn't like the reeces cup one and got herself the m&m this morning. Next year I'm just doing the house and if they want another they can use their pocket money.

peachgreen Fri 01-Dec-17 10:59:42

One year as a child I inadvertently ended up with four (picture, chocolate, home-made sweeties and plastic tat) and I still remember it as the best Christmas ever!

Frederickvonhefferneffer Fri 01-Dec-17 11:01:10

One. That they share.

rackhampearl Fri 01-Dec-17 11:03:38

Mine have one. FIL always insists on buying them one too though which we give to the food bank. They don’t need more than one, it stops being a special treat.

thepatchworkcat Fri 01-Dec-17 11:04:24

One playmobil calendar. Any more seems excessive!

HolyMerlot Fri 01-Dec-17 11:06:47

I have two, one at my house (Malteser) and one at my parents house (My Little Pony - tradition for my Mum to buy me a childish one every year)........

.......I'm 24. halo fgrin

elQuintoConyo Fri 01-Dec-17 11:08:42

Two. 25 mini fabric stockings that are tied to a ribbon that winds down the bannister. Each is big enough to hold two twixes grin but they contain mainly chocolate coins, chocolate santas and white chocolate snowmen lollies.

And a schoolfriend's mum gave DS a Paw Patrol chocolate one yesterday - just presented it to him rather than checking with me. Never mind. The chocolates in them are so poxy that DS can have both. He was delighted this morning to get Rubble's face! He can have the stocking chocolate after school today.

Aspieparent Fri 01-Dec-17 11:09:03

Mine have 1 each don't think they need more than 1

NewtsSuitcase Fri 01-Dec-17 11:11:15

Two between two DC. One is a wooden one where you open the door and there is a decoration inside which gets hung on the calendar. The other is a fabric one with pockets which gets filled with chocolate coins. We've had the same two since they were babies.

ScipioAfricanus Fri 01-Dec-17 11:13:11

2 - one is a wooden tree where you add a decoration each day. When I can be bothered I try to add an advent activity each day to follow. This tree was given by GPs.
The other is a cardboard picture one. Ideally it is religious.

No sweets but St Nicholas comes on the 6th and brings a chocolate version of himself and a book.

My mum often tries to give them to us but has realised I don’t use them so this has stopped. It was lovely when she gave me an advent calendar into my 20s and 30s but it was overwhelming when we had our son. I pass them on to the charity shops if she does.

Pinkvoid Fri 01-Dec-17 11:13:51

A chocolate one and a Lego one to share. Last year they had three because my grandad got them all one as did my mother.. seemed way too excessive to me.

ScipioAfricanus Fri 01-Dec-17 11:14:21

Oh I only have one DC. But growing up with a sibling we only had one calendar between us and it was nice taking turns and seeing who got which picture (never chocolate).

LBOCS2 Fri 01-Dec-17 11:17:05

Mine have three. One we got them (a 'thing' calendar - build your own radio for DSS, a beauty one for DD), one chocolate one each from my parents, one chocolate one each from my ILs. Had we talked about it we would have told the parents not to buy them as we'd sorted them, but we didn't, so...

I really can't bring myself to get worked up about it.

IncyWincyGrownUp Fri 01-Dec-17 11:17:13

One each, not chocolate. They’ve had multiples before. There’s no harm in it, it’s just another part of December for most people.

fruitpastille Fri 01-Dec-17 11:21:59

They would have one each but a relative also does a completely excessive one with either a chocolate or an actual wrapped gift on alternate days.

unhingedtoday Fri 01-Dec-17 11:23:26

One was from my brother, one from my mum and one from mum in law, we didn't actually get him one!
They are all chocolate, and they are so tiny that I'm not particularly concerned about the amount of chocolate.
He's only 4 and thinks it's brilliant!
Maybe next year I will say just one.

KitKat1985 Fri 01-Dec-17 11:26:04

1 each.

Me and DH have each too. grin

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