Of late I’ve heard a lot of talk about the ‘Advent calendar’. A number of Mums are busy trying to figure out which one they should get for their kids. I must say that this intrigued me. Firstly I have never heard of an Advent calendar before. It is a totally new concept to me but one that I really fell in love with.
WHAT IS AN ADVENT CALENDAR?
A part of me is hoping that I am not the only person who has not heard of an Advent calendar. That’s the reason I decided to explain what it is before I tell you about my findings.
The Advent calendar was designed to help children (and maybe some adults) start their countdown to Christmas. It starts on the first Sunday of Advent. The calendars range in theme and style but they all have special surprises in them. I’ve found quite a few.
LEGO CITY TOWN ADVENT CALENDAR BUILDING KIT
Everyone loves Lego. At least I always assume that they do. When I found out that Lego has an Advent Calendar my eyes just popped out of their sockets. In fact, after a little digging I found out that Lego doesn’t have just one type of advent calendar, it has three.
Each set comes with 24 buildable surprises. The surprises differ from set to set but they definitely add to the fun! The whole excitement is centered around completing the set.
MELISSA AND DOUG COUNTDOWN WOODEN ADVENT CALENDAR
All ages! In fact I’m pretty sure that most adults would love to have it hanging around in some corner of the house. After all, we do deserve an advent calendar too! Don’t we?
The Melissa and Doug Advent calendar is basically a countdown to Christmas. It is a lot like striking off the dates on a calendar just more fun!The set comes with 24 magnetic ornaments which mark each day of advent. As the days pass by more and more ornaments make their way on the Christmas tree. The star goes up on Christmas.
The best part about this calendar is that it can b reused every year. It is a quaint little family tradition to start.
THE BARBIE ADVENT CALENDAR
This advent calendar is designed for children above the age of 3
The daily Advent deliveries include all sorts of fun Barbie accessories. Dresses, shoes necklaces, cuffs, bangles and even earrings. It is something that a girl could really use. After all which little girl believes that her Barbie has all the accessories required? I still keep looking at my childhood collection and know that my dolls are running short. Then again that might just be me!
CHRISTMAS TREE ADVENT CALENDAR
Children of all ages!
This particular Christmas tree is an absolute beauty. Unfortunately I have not been able to get a picture of it but you can click on the link to get a good look at it. The tree has 24 little doors that are hidden away in it. Each door hides a small surprise for our little Christmas elves.
The tree is designed from high quality wood. The painting of the tree gives it a really ethereal look. You have to see it to know what I mean.
THE WOOD ADVENT TREE
Children of all ages!
This calendar is very different from the others that we have seen. For one thing, every other calendar is ready for the big day. This particular one on the other hand requires a lot of work. I guess that is what attracts me to it. I always have the nagging need to make every gift personal. The ability to paint, decorate and even choose the small gifts in this calendar is what makes it perfect for my household. Too bad I don’t have a kid. Well… I may just use it for my husband. I’m sure he would love the surprise. The problem however would be keeping him from opening all the drawers at once!
MR. CHRISTMAS ANIMATED ADVENT HOUSE
Children of all ages!
Forgive me! I tend to save the best for last. The Mr. Christmas animated Advent house has a real vintage feel to it. It made me fall in love with it instantly. The Advent house 3 AA batteries to see the full effect of all that this beauty can do.
First of all the doors of this house open once a day for 24 days to deliver the much awaited Christmas package. These packages are accompanied by music and animation. In fact the Advent house has 25 different Christmas carols.
LED lights animate Santa’s workshop and make it look very pretty. It is perfect to set the mood for the upcoming Christmas celebration.
While I may not have known what an Advent calendar is, I am pleasantly surprised by what I have learned. It is lovely little tradition to incorporate in families. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy a calendar. Personalized ones can be made just as easily for adults. Why should we be left out of the fun?