Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A Tale of Calendars

Remember these?

Later in this post I shall reveal just which belongs to whom..... But first, I wanted to share a few thoughts on Advent calendars through the years.

My earliest such thoughts would be of sharing a paper version of such a calendar with The Brother. As I recall, it was the same one for several years (I shall have to check with The Mother though, my memory here may not be reliable). I think we took it in turns to open a door each day. I think we may also have opened a few doors early for a sneak peek and then carefully reclosed them in the hope that no-one would notice. It would be quite interesting to discuss this with The Mother, as it's quite possible my memory made up the entire story.

I know my memory isn't at fault here though: I remember when we were a little older that we each had a calendar with chocolates therein. I remember that one year in particular, I got to about the 10th December, opened the little door, and - there was NO chocolate therein! In fact, every door from that date onwards hid only an empty space.... It turns out that The Brother, having worked his way through his own calendar, had turned his attentions to mine, and had eaten ALL the chocs :-(

Fast forward to university years, and I met The Doctor :-) Now, The Doctor's birthday happens to be December 1st (Happy Birthday for yesterday darling! xxx) So naturally, every year, I give him an Advent calendar as part of his birthday present. Wouldn't you?! That first year, a friend and I _made_ a calendar, based on the university halls of residence. Behind each door was a little caricature of a fellow inmate resident, or of a warder member of staff. My friend was the talented artist, I was in charge of the construction! Sadly I don't have a photo of this masterpiece :-(

Every year after that, I would choose a calendar with chocolates inside. In truth, it was just an excuse for me to have one too - after all, if he's having one, I'm certainly having one, right? And as scrappyjacky's daughter so rightly says, "You're never too old for chocolate." After The Children arrived, once they reached an appropriate age, they too had their own chocolate calendar. We often have a 'traditional' calendar too. I wouldn't iron the doors closed though Sian, that would involve ironing.

So with that background, you may better understand the calendar allocation this year. You see, these days, it's The Children who give The Doctor his calendar as a birthday gift. And they often have some input into choosing the calendar design.

Ange, you were completely correct - in saying 'Probably totally wrong!' Amy, you were right - in saying 'There's sure to be a twist....' Lots of you did correctly identify one or two (well done!), but no-one got them all:

My calendar is the Cadbury one. (Mmmm, Cadbury's chocolate....)

The Girl has the The Simpsons one. (She is, in many ways, just like Bart. She was horrified that people might think she likes In the Night Garden!!)

The Boy's calendar is the Clone Wars one. (He would have been equally happy with The Simpsons though.)

Which leaves..... Yep, The Poor Doctor has, this year, been given an Advent calendar with Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy on it. The Children have a running joke that he's a big Igglepiggle fan, you see. Every birthday and Christmas we jest that all his presents will be Igglepiggle themed. This birthday, we weren't entirely joking.... ;-)


Amy said...

Well, he's obviously got a good sense of humour!
I'm sorry we have offended The Girl - one should never presume.

Carrie said...

Oh those "The Brothers"! Cute advent calendars!

Mise said...

Perhaps The Children could knit a red blanket for The Doctor for him to carry everywhere?

And thank you for my sweet little package, which was such a pleasure to open. I managed to take a photo of the contents just before Freddie Frog got snatched away so will post a moving tribute to you one day soon. I'm just composing the music for it.

scrappyjacky said...

Should have known the girl was too old for NG....apologies to her.And my reply to DD was 'you're old enough to buy your own then'

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Linda said...

What a great story! I remember when advent calendars didn't have chocolate in them too!!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. I don't think I got ANY of them right - LOL!

Sian said...

LOL! A daughter like, why does that sound familiar? Great story about the university calendar. I love that idea!

nancy said...

Hmmmm... that gives me an idea. Maybe I should go steal the chocolates out of my hubby's calendar. ;)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I wish I could find a Clone Wars one. But the one time we had a chocolate calendar Mayhem opened all the doors and ate all the chocolate at 5am about 4 days into it.

sharyncarlson said...

Oh how funny! I have to thank you for helping me to remember something we did as kids that I had forgotten. We definitely opened a few of the doors ahead of time to sneak out the chocolate, hoping my mom would never notice! Right about now I would love a piece of Cadbury :)

Anna Bartlett said...

It's my husband's bday on 1st dec too, and we've never thought of an advent calendar as a gift... but roll on next year! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

We breathed new life into the Advent calendar tradition this year in our family. Things had got a bit 'stale' around here. We now have one magnetic one (I made at a retreat) and a kid-made boxy one. So I loved your advent post!

Gez Butterworth said...

Ooooh! I only guessed yours right Mel!

Enjoy..x x x