Caitlin and Ieuan have already spotted the influx of Hello Kitty / Thomas The Tank Engine / Disney Princess / any cartoon character capable of flogging chocolate advent calendars in the supermarket. Now having accidentally (cough) tried one of these chocolates last year, there was a distinct whiff of plastic about them so, in an ongoing attempt to bring a modicum of chic to Hobbis Towers, I've found this lovely, reusable Nordic style advent calendar in one of my favourite online stores, Notonthehighstreet.com.
Wooden Nordic Advent Tree Calendar By The Little Picture Company
Notonthehighstreet.com - £34.95
As you can see, it has pretty little individual drawers for you to fill with your own treats and treasures and each drawer has a Christmas image - including penguins. I don't actually remember penguins being involved in the Nativity but I can't see any reason for not letting them join in the fun.
Would it be mean to fill each drawer with a household chore and then hand out a chocolate coin as a reward. Hmmm. Ever so slightly Gina Ford. Perhaps not.
Further information: www.notonthehighstreet.com