Advent Calendar Extravaganza 2017

If you know me, then you know I am 100% a Halloween ghoul. I am all Halloween, all the time. Over the years, due to a number of traumas and the ubiquity of eggnog, I had grown to despise Christmas. But this year, I’m going to try to make a change. I’m really trying to¬†lean in to Xmas. I’m hosting two bookish gift exchanges on Elfster (a site that takes most of the tedium out of gift exchanges) and I bought myself an advent calendar (the David’s Tea Calendar. More info below). Fun fact: for almost 30 years my beloved auntie pat sent me an advent calendar, no matter where I was. It was the only thing I consistently enjoyed about the holidays. I am eternally grateful for that ongoing memory and though I haven’t had an advent calendar in a few years, I decided to get a grown-up one for myself.

I learned that there are quite a few wonderful advent calendars out there that aren’t just weird chocolate, though I’ve included a couple of chocolate ones below. This post features affiliate links; click on the links or photos to purchase.

First, in the spirit of those good ol’ chocolate advent calendars that those of us who were raised Catholic are familiar with, I found a couple that maybe aren’t completely weird chocolate. And you know the chocolate I’m talking about. In fact, you can taste it in your mind right now as you think about it. It tasted like no other chocolate in its right mind would taste.

Well, Godvia Chocolatiers makes an advent calendar and I think it’s beautiful!

 

There is also a chocolate advent calendar by Milka which, to be fair, I don’t know if Milka is considered good chocolate but I just assume it’s good because it’s not American.

Personally, I will always choose gummy candies over chocolate so you can imagine my excitement when I found that Haribo makes an advent calendar.

Pipsticks, the sticker company I write about ALL THE TIME because of their subscription box, had a couple advent calendars this year. One was completely stickers and the other was a variety of stationery goodies. They both sold out in a day. They still have a few more of last year’s sticker advent calendars, though.

This may come as a shock to you, but I’ve never actually owned one of the LEGO advent calendars, neither the city one (which has always been my jam) nor the Star Wars one.

I’m not a huge fan of NYX cosmetics but they have a lippy advent calendar and I’m kinda into it.

The advent calendar I got for myself this year is from David’s tea and it has 24 different loose leaf teas in the most adorable small tins. I don’t know if I’m more excited about the tins or the teas. Warning: the website auto-plays music, which I HATE. Once the tea is taken out of it’s little box, turn the little box around and put it back and the whole calendar will transform into a winter scene. Or something. I don’t know, I haven’t used it yet.

Finally, this advent calendar is on the list of things-I-will-buy-someday-when-I-have-much-more-money-than-I-have-now. YOU GUYS. IT’S A RUM ADVENT CALENDAR. They also have ones for whiskys and gins and other goodies.

I fear that in couple years I’m going to be a ridiculous hooman with 5 advent calendars each year…

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