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A 'proper' advent calendar (well you did say no chocolate)

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I have an advent calendar for the first time in years this year.

When we were very little, me and Beth didn't have chocolate advent calendars. Instead we shared a rather beautiful advent calendar shaped like a tree angel/fairy. It had glitter on it. We used the same calendar every year for years, as we'd shut the doors on it before putting it away ready for the next year. Over time some of the doors fell off, but I don't think we minded because we loved our calendar. I think the 24th opened up onto a picture of baby Jesus. The rest of the pictures were things like bells, holly leaves and presents. I'm not sure what happened her, she probably disintegrated with overuse!

Posted by Helen

4th Dec 2014, 13:08   | tags:,

Jane Doe says:

Thanks Helen, my attempt obviously didn't get through.

We used to 'recycle' our old calenda

Best wishes to you all x

4th Dec 2014, 14:16

Viv says:

Thanks for stepping in Helen x

4th Dec 2014, 18:07

MaggieD says:

I do like that pic :)
We did not have chocolate advent calenders either. Homemade by my mum.
I did have a plan to make homemade ones for our children (lego bits and small chocolate treats in each window so they could make an xmas tree/ decoration at the end of the month) ended up buying Tesco's own brand :(

4th Dec 2014, 19:30

Helen says:

Me and Beth made advent calendars for one another one year. We painted the pictures. We still have those somewhere.

4th Dec 2014, 20:41

Wendle says:

I like the beer advent calendars i've seen. I might to that next year :)

4th Dec 2014, 21:43

Twiglet says:

We never had chocolate either, just the same cardboard one year after year... For most of her life DD has had the playmobil advent calendar. But this year she has the Avon nail varnish advent calender... *sigh

4th Dec 2014, 23:06

jc1000000 says:

Yes! The picture ones were the best!

The chocolate ones always sounded way better but the reality was that you just ended up with a different shape and a scruffy looking empty plastic mold.

Whereas the picture ones evoked a story. And then the 24th was always a double door one aswell and you always wanted to know what it was going to be.

Whereas with chocolate, you knew the mystery revealed was just going to be... well, more bloody chocolate.

4th Dec 2014, 23:13

mysteritmo says:

Wonderful memories :)

9th Dec 2014, 22:00

How wonderful. i love hand/homemade advent calenders. Happy christmas xx

14th Dec 2014, 11:53

beth says:

I forgot about the double doors! Funny how pictures might be better than chocolate. This calendar is lovely. I love it.

18th Dec 2014, 21:58

EJ says:

The chocolate ones are just a new fangled was always about the drawings in the olden days! Merry Christmas

21st Dec 2014, 13:37

Dhamaka says:

I preferred the picture ones too. Have a wonderful Christmas - you and the family xxx

23rd Dec 2014, 13:43