My Advent Calendar story

When I was a child Christmas wasn’t that big of a deal in my family. Yes, we put up the Christmas tree and my mum baked a lot of cakes but somehow it was my birthday that stole the show or the fact that I got presents for St.Nicholas Day (6th December). Yes, I was born in the week before Christmas so I rarely got double presents (it was usually just birthday gifts and not birthday and Christmas presents). However, I always got sweets&chocolates for St.Nicholas Day. And a decorative twig (rod) from Krampus so that I continue to behave well.

Things have changed since my childhood and now I get double presents (for my birthday and for Christmas but not anymore for St.Nicholas Day ). I have always wanted a chocolate Advent calendar but I got it maybe once or twice when I was a child and then I became a teenager and I didn’t want to be bothered anymore with those childish Christmas traditions. So, when I finally moved out I bought myself a simple, cheap milk chocolate Advent calendar. I was pleased as punch with myself!I waited anxiously for the first of December to arrive so that I could open the first window on my advent calendar and eat the first chocolate. When I felt especially magnanimous I shared the chocolate with my boyfriend. But that wasn’t very often :). Anyway, it requires a certain strength of the character to open one window /chocolate at the time for 24 days, don’t you think so?

mug from last year's Christmas market in Vienna, Austria
mug from last year’s Christmas market in Vienna, Austria

On Sunday I went shopping for this year’s Advent calendar. I decided to splurge a bit and not get the most simple milk chocolate calendar. I was standing in front of the shelf with the advent calendars discussing out loud the pros&cons of each of them with my husband when a lady approached me and said :˝ It doesn’t really matter which one you get. It’s not as if they are going to let you try it!˝My husband burst out in laughter and I blushed. That lady must have thought that I was buying an advent calendar for a child and not for myself :). I had trouble deciding which one to get, I was torn between Lindt & Milka & Ritter sport chocolate calendar. In the end I opted for the Ritter sport chocolate advent calendar because I really like those chocolates even though I rarely buy them.

my Advent calendar
my Advent calendar






This morning I got the first chocolate. It had a snowflake on the wrapping and it was so delicious. It was chocolate with biscuit. I’ve got lots of more flavours to look forward to such as hazelnut, marzipan, honey etc. I wonder what I’ll get on the last day?

So do you buy a chocolate advent calendar?
This post is written for the festive travel link up by Kelly Michelle, Emma, Rebecca and Ayla

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44 thoughts

  1. Aww, I’m glad you finally got to experience the simple joy of an Advent Calendar! I have one from Thorntons chocolate shop this year – my mum very kindly treated me, even though I moved out of home six years ago!

    I’d love to hear more about St. Nicholas Day and Krampus – I’d never really heard of either before!

    Sophie 🙂

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    1. Thornton’s:))cool! I got once a very special gift from that shop. St.Nicholas is basically an older, religious, European version of Americanized , movie-made Santa Claus:) there are different traditions about it in diff countries:)


  2. I would totally by myself an advent calendar too – I can imagine how funny it must have been when the lady at the shop thought it was for a child! I hadn’t even realised Rittersport do advent calendars as I love those choccies!

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  3. You have a wonderful advent calendar! hope that you’ll have the strength to only eat one chocolate every day 🙂 Your mug from Vienna is adorable, I’ve been collecting these Viennese mugs for 6 years, but last year I couldn’t make it to the Austrian capital, so I hope that I’ll be able to get one like this next time I’m there 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I’ve got two, one is blue and I got it at the Christmas market in front of the Schonbrunn palace during my first trip to Vienna in 2005 and the red one is from the last year. I probably won’t buy a new one this year but I’ll definitely take some photos at least. 🙂 Yes, I only eat one at the time:)


  4. Deciding which advent calendar to get is a very important decision! I don’t get one anymore though – either I forget to eat a new one every day or my husband just ends up eating both of ours!

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  5. I never had an advent calendar until 5 years ago when I moved to England, it was never something we had growing up. I’m completely on board with the tradition of having a piece of chocolate every day though!

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  6. Those chocolates look amazing! I’ve never seen an Advent Calendar with wrapped-up chocs in it before. Hope one is enough for you. We’ve got a lovely felt one for our two boys. It’s over six foot long and there’s a little felt bag by each number which you fill with goodies. I usually put in a couple of Lindt reindeers and snowmen into each one and this year, some of those wrapped up chocolates that look like Brussels sprouts!

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