Twenty-Four Day Rollercoaster
November 21, 2008 3:44 PM Subscribe
I want an advent calendar that will give me a genuine thrill of surprise and delight every day. I've been disappointed too many times. Give me spoiler-free recommendations.
posted by Acheman to shopping (19 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
It's getting close to December, and I'm thinking of getting an advent calendar. Now, somewhere in the back of my mind resides a notion of what an advent calendar should be; although it has about it the aura of a childhood memory, I can't locate a concrete childhood experience to pin it to. There should be a real note of suspense before opening each window - What will it be today? What new delight awaits? - maybe even a note of uncomfortable urgency, so that you're tempted, though you'd never dare, to open all of the windows at once.
Concrete, actual advent calendars haven't done this for me for a good while now. I'm particularly despondent when I get one with a lovingly detailed front image, only to find there's nothing behind the little doors that goes beyond 'A Christmas Star' or 'A Bauble' or 'A Nangel'.*
Clearly the chocolate/sweets direction advent calendars frequently take is an attempt to simulate this sensation on the plane of physical appetite. But I want to generate pangs of curiosity, not gluttony. I like mystery novels, getting jumpily hooked on serialised television, and pressing refresh on MeFi. Help me make this experience part of my run-up to Christmas.
*My cynical side compels me to wonder whether the economics of the situation don't compel this; in its standard presentation, an advent calendar will be a one-off pig-in-a-poke purchase, making it almost inevitable that a vastly disproportionate share of the investment and labour will go into the front-end, on-display elements. But it's going to be Christmas, goddammit, and I'd like to give cynicism and microeconomics a good hearty smackdown.
P.S. Bonus points if it's easily obtainable in London, though I'm OK with having to purchase it online - hence asking this question a good while in advance.