It’s now the third day of advent, so what did you get in your advent calendar today? If the answer is a picture of a robin, then congratulations! You are the proud owner of a proper traditional advent calendar.
Shame on you if it was a chocolate shaped like a robin! When we were children we had simple cardboard advent calendars, with a glitter encrusted festive scene, and each little door opening to reveal a picture of a present, a Christmas tree, a star or something of that ilk. On December 24th you were treated to a special door that was double the size of all the others, which normally contained a picture of a Nativity scene.
Sometime during the early 1980’s the commercialisation of Christmas began to kick in, and the advent (if you’ll excuse the pun) of the chocolate calendar was upon us. You still got the picture every day, but that picture was also replicated in chocolate. Nowadays, the chocolate calendar has all but surpassed the old cardboard one, making them incredibly difficult to find. Even more depressingly, the chocolate calendars all appear to have the same chocolate contents/picture, with just the outer cardboard sleeve being different. Gone too are the glittery Christmas scenes, replaced instead with a Cyberman, Homer Simpson or the Bratz wearing Santa hats.
Oh well! I’m off to open my door number 3 now, to see what I’ve got (and yes, despite all my moaning, I WILL be getting a chocolate!)