One day at a time

December 5, 2012

Ok. Can I just ask you this one question? Which do you think is the most aesthetically pleasing advent calendar? Is it this one, crafted from wood, hand-painted in dove grey with touches of pale teal and terracotta, and complete with its own personal Santa loitering by the door:

House Beautiful


Or this one?

Teen Dream?

A tacky, hastily put-together-before-they-get-passe, nightmare of cheap tackiness.

Do you need a moment to think about it?

If you do, you’re not a teenager. If you were teenage, you would have screamed at the sight of One Direction badly photocopied onto cardboard, and you would have run off to drool over your idols (and possibly even the chocolate) in your incredibly messy bedroom.

Teenagers. Tsk. I hope they grow out of it. Meanwhile, I might just open a couple of the wooden handcrafted pale-grey house that’s all forlorn in the kitchen …..



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  • Family Affairs December 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Which one has chocolate in? Lx

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      They’ve both got chocolate in … or at least the House Beautiful has lovingly selected christmas-pud style choccy balls in it, and the One Direction version has horrible mockolate which has probably never been near a cocoa bean. Tsk. x

  • janerowena December 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I feel your pain, as I eat the chocolates sitting in forlorn and neglected weeny pockets in the advent tree I lovingly made a couple of decades ago. In the meantime my teenage son still races down the stairs every morning to open the latest window in his Lego advent calendar – saying that he is too old to want to eat chocolates in the morning before school! But apparently not too old to build a small lego robot.

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Too old to eat choc in the morning! I wonder when I will be that old …. not for a long time, I bet. Mind you, the Lego calendar sounds a great idea and much better for children … sadly I didn’t see one of those (probably because I was staying firmly in the chocolate aisle :))

  • Addy December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Am I showing my age, if I prefer the house!!

    • Dulwich Divorcee December 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Ha! Absolutely not! You’re just showing a lot more taste than my darling daughters 😉