It’s that time of year when all the major Christmas advent calendars are being wafted under our noses. Gone are the days where you had to ‘enjoy’ a little cheap square of chocolate (that no one really wanted to eat) and a sweetly illustrated Christmas scene or character. These days it’s all about being big, fun and lux. And that’s not just the grown-ups calendars either.
From toys to nail polishes, there’s now something for everyone. And if I’m totally honest, though I have yet to treat Little Button or myself to anything like this, there’s part of me that wouldn’t mind a little bit of treasure every day leading up to Christmas. But. Where does it stop? And how big and expensive can it get?
Ok. Here goes. Because I’m about to rock the big Christmas sleigh.
I think there’s a bit of a difference between opening a (medium sized?) window of an advent calendar to unwrapping an actual present *coughs.. book.. every day in December. Yup, that’s right. I’m not partial to the good old kids book advent calendar idea.
Are you yelling at me right now?
Well. I do get why us parents think a book is a heck of a lot better than indulging the littles with chocolate, a piece of plastic, insert name of other useless piece of tat. I totally get it. Its educational, it may encourage more bedtime reading and they mostly last the test of time.
It means we’ve totally moved away from a ‘little treat’ every day in the lead up to Christmas.
Wrap up 24 books into a parcel and see what you have. It’s a big present. A proper present every day for December. But it’s not just that. It’s also the expensive.
With the exception of Costco card holders where I know you can get 10 (decent) books for £10, for most, we would be paying more than that. I would usually pay at least £3 per book, but for argument’s sake, let’s say you found a deal where books were £2 each. That’s £48.00. Almost £50.
But then, it’s not even just the present each day and the expensive.
It’s also about teaching children to treasure their things. If a little one receives a new shiny book each day for 24 days, does that not encourage a different type of value in the books they are receiving? They are not going to treasure a few beautiful Christmas books, but rather plough head first through 24. If they even make it through each one that is.
So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m all for a ‘little treat’ each day in the run up to Christmas. Be it a chocolate, a piece of lego, an outfit for an LOL doll or a mini bottle of prosecco (for me…obviously! – though that would be pushing it) – basically anything that can pop out of an advent window.
But what I’m not that keen on is dishing out what looks like a big present (kids go by size rather than cost right?) every day. And for that present to then be discarded as quickly as it was received.
What does she blinking know! …you may be thinking. Well, we did the Christmas book advent calendar last year and I can categorically tell you that at least 50% of those books have been read only a handful of times. At least 70% of the books were Christmas themed and were neatly tucked away on the bookshelf by the end of January. And, after a month of receiving a gift to unwrap every day, I don’t think present opening on the big day was as exciting if I’m completely honest. And let’s just not go there with the task of wrapping those books up in the first place.