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My kids think I’m the meanest mum in the world because I have a wooden advent calendar and won’t buy them chocolate ones. I personally think they add up to a lot of money if you have to buy one for each child, plus all the waste and my kids have a lot of sweets in the Christmas period. Do you think I’m being mean?


Posted anonymously, 29th December 2020


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  • We always got our chocolate calenders but now they are tweens they get beauty calenders.


  • Kids often think their parents are mean. Don’t worry you’re just being smart.


  • Mini chocolates added to the wooden advent calendar might be an alternative?


  • We do a mixture of chocolate and non chocolate advent items. We have a balanced approach and do not go overboard with expensive advent calendars.


  • Nope. My main problem isn’t the chocolate, it’s the expense. I have a set of 24 mini christmas stockings that serve as our advent calendar, and I add chocolates to a couple of those; the rest are messages like “do something nice for someone tomorrow”.


  • If they want a chocolate one then maybe on a few days of the wooden advent calendar you can hide a small treat like a kinder surprise in there or one of those fun sized chocolates?
    That way they will get a variety of things and not just chocolate!


  • I’m a no- my kids don’t need Xbox everyday. I’ve been looking for one with a story you read a bit of each day like we had growing wbut can’t find ine


  • Do what’s best for you! I bought the chocolate one this year but honestly, they didn’t even open theirs every day because they didn’t get excited over a chocolate everyday. Next year i think I’ll buy little things to put in they can use or find more useful than just a chocolate


  • I dont do chocolate. We have a large wooden one with drawers that I fill with small treats.


  • Don’t buy the chocolate ones any more. I do however, have a big large wooden house/workshop one that’s big enough to put a favourites chocolate in each door (with the ornament that’s also in there, they get hung up on the house)
    This is shared now between 3 kids, they just take in turns of opening it


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