I can’t believe how much Advent Calendars have changed in recent years. The range of different calendars you can buy nowadays is huge. They’re not just for children anymore, either, like they were when I was young.
Cardboard Advent Calendars
I have 2 brothers and a sister. The first Advent Calendar I can remember us having was a cardboard one with a glittery Christmas picture and little doors that opened to reveal a picture of a robin or a bell or a Christmas tree!
We didn’t have one each, either, we had to take it in turns to open the doors. I’d open the first one because I was the eldest; it was then an agonizing wait until my turn came around again! On the 24th, there were double doors and we always got a bit jealous of the person whose turn fell on Christmas Eve!
I remember when we got our first chocolate Advent Calendar. We were all so excited and to this day I love the taste of that cheap, cardboardy flavoured Advent chocolate 🙂
Jewellery, Makeup, Candles, Even Beer!
We are now bombarded with every sort of Advent Calendar you can think of. Beauty ones seem very popular at the moment. I can’t think of anything more boring than getting some makeup everyday!
Last year I had a Yankee Candle one and this year I’m thinking of getting a Christmas charm bracelet calendar from Amazon.
I’ve been tempted to buy Ant a wine calendar but I’ve not seen one with just red wine; he’s not a fan of white and rose.
There’s a guide to this year’s luxury calendars on Harper’s Bazaar. I can’t imagine paying some of the prices on that list for an Advent Calendar!
I think this Whiskey advent calendar has to be the most expensive one I’ve ever seen!
Different Ways To Countdown
There are not only advent calendars to countdown to Christmas. I’ve seen loads of other ways on Pinterest and we have 2 different countdowns ourselves. We have an activity advent and a book advent.
The children always have a chocolate calendar and a couple of years ago we added a wooden drawer advent calendar for which I made miniature felt tree decorations and bought the girls a mini Christmas tree to put them on!
I’ve already bought the chocolate advent calendars for the children this year and I can’t wait to show them what I’ve bought!