|Paper AND chocolate: a negotiated truce
Where do you stand on advent calendars?
A paper calendar purist?
Open to the appeal of a bit of chocolate every morning, in the teeth of the health police?
Consider the Christmas message best expressed via fiddly bits of plastic, after forking out for a Playmobil or Lego advent calendar?
When I was a child, we were given paper calendars every year and got over-excited by unveiling tiny pictures of sledges and trumpets every morning.
Then calendar envy snuck in, as school friends spoke of the unimaginable luxury of advent calendars with chocolate behind every door.
I seem to remember a lecture from my mother about the expense of chocolate calendars and the value of money. To be fair, she did relent in later life, and even sent me a Cadbury’s calendar to hang on my office wall when I first started work. Always great when trying to establish credibility with your colleagues.
So when I had my own children, I decided to start them off on paper calendars, as daily chocolate for a two-year-old didn’t seem the best idea. Granny and Grandpa took up the baton, and take great delight in choosing suitably festive calendars.
However, now my children have reached the grand old age of six and (nearly) eight, demands have escalated beyond the pretty pictures.
Much to my amusement in this topsy turvy world, it turns out it is now distinctly more expensive to buy a paper calendar than a chocolate version. Nowadays, if you want a puritanical paper version, you’re looking at forking out a fiver at somewhere like John Lewis.
Yet you can nip into any old pound shop and come away with a Peppa Pig or Spiderman chocolate version for a quid, even if it’s a bit of a stretch to find religious significance in a cartoon character. In fact Poundland is currently doing two for £1.50 (possibly because we’re already into December).
I cracked in the face of pester power, and splashed out a whole £1.50 each in Sainsbury’s for Cadbury’s versions, in case there’s ever any chance of me nabbing the odd choc (likelihood: pretty much zero). Now of course they’re selling for half price.
So now we have the totally tasteful versions:
|Charming but chocolate free.
and the terribly tasty versions:
|Cadbury’s: purveyors of the hard stuff.
and one fine day, to help survive the whole Christmas fandango, I quite fancy one of these for myself: Just for me mwahaha
|The “ginvent” calendar. Genius. But unfortunately £115.
And you even have to provide your own tonic.Swizz.
Although realistically I might have more luck making Hurrah for Gin’s version for myself. Reckon it should just about fall within my crafting skills.
|Hurrah For Gin’s advent calendar – success in a box.