Countdown to *cough* Christmas

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I’m so sorry, but it had to be done.

It’s mid November, and Christmas is creeping inexorably closer. It might be slightly too early for decorations just yet (though when I spot my first domestic outdoor lights it’s always a momentous moment) but the Starbucks Red Cups are here *dribbles slightly thinking about Egg Nog Lattes* and Boots has it’s 3 for 2 offer on, so we know it must be the Festive Season.

The one thing it’s fine to think about in mid November is Advent Calendars. Out of last years picks only the Fortnum & Mason Chocolate Box and the V&A vintage calendar are still on sale. Never fear though, as I have 6 whole new calendars for you to choose from, none of which feature cheap chocolate or pictures of Disney characters.


Roger La Borde Cool Yule Advent Calendar – Notorious Kitsch £7.50

With a fabulous retro festive illustration by Roger la Borde this will look great on your wall.

Doesn’t contain any chocolate, sadly, but it’s not like there’s not enough of that around at Christmas!


Ultimate Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar – Hotel Chocolate £17

I wasn’t allowed a chocolate advent calendar when I was a child, instead having to share a calendar with my sister that featured pictures of kings, stars, the baby jesus, and, because December is a long month, various live stock that may or may not have been present at the birth of Christ.

Now I can have what I want as I’m apparently a grown up, and this dark chocolate calendar from Hotel Chocolat will do very nicely if anyones listening *hint*hint*


Vintage style cream wooden advent calendar – Vintage Pink Online £27.95

A cream wooden advent calendar with vintage style Christmas illustrations on each drawer. It’s a bit pricey, but you only need to buy it once and each year your nearest and dearest can fill the drawers with Tiffany jewellery and small sparkly objet d’art. Or, more likely, foil wrapped chocolate coins.


Advent Pillar Candle – Laura Ashley £10

Advent candles are a calming way to countdown to Christmas, spending a few minutes each evening watching the candle burn down to the next line.

They also never fail to remind me of the advent crowns they used to make on Blue Peter back in the days when it was ok to teach kids to play with fire.

It’s also apparently on 3 for 2 at Laura Ashley.


3D Christmas Tree – Advents Direct £5.25

3D is all the rage now, right? Well, you don’t need silly glasses for this advent calendar as the real world is permanently in 3D, amazing huh?

In this case 3D means it stands on your table rather than hanging on your wall.

and finally….


Fortnums Advent Calendar – Fortnum & Mason £95

I’m sorry, but NINETY FIVE POUNDS? And that’s UNFILLED! They want another £35 off you to fill it up with jelly beans and chocolate coins.

It’s kinda pretty and it looks like it might be made of wood, but it’s still NINETY FIVE POUNDS for a wooden model of a shop. That’s an advert in my book. I love Fortnum & Mason, it’s a great British Institution, but that’s a hell of a lot of money for an advent calendar. If you would like to spend £95 on me then please do email me and I’ll send you a list of other things I’d rather have first. Ta!

On an almost entirely unrelated note I have just listed lots of beautiful handmade Christmas tree decorations in the Retro Chick shop.

They are padded hearts made from fabric with a pretty vintage feel and I have 17 different designs. For Retro Chick readers I’m also offering free postage if you buy more than 1 (everyone else has to pay an extra 50p!) just buy them, message me, and I’ll invoice you less the postage.

12 Responses
  • Helen
    November 18, 2010

    I had the “Shag” one at the top last year – loved it, but then he’s one of my favourite artists/illustrators.

    I’m lolling at the 3 for 2 advent candle. Presumably they’re not expecting you to buy 3 advent candles! That would be just be… odd.

    • Retro Chick
      November 18, 2010

      No, I suspect there may be other things in the 3 for 2 offer!

  • Mother!!
    November 18, 2010

    and where is the religious one.

    • Retro Chick
      November 18, 2010

      Advents Direct has them. I nearly included one, but I thought 6 was enough 😀

  • LandGirl1980
    November 18, 2010

    I think I just broke my jaw on the floor.NINETY FIVE SMACKERS!!! Hells TEETH! And its not even that nice? People really DO have more money than sense. *goes off to grumble in shock*

    *comes back still grumbling*

    I do like the one from Vintage Pink though.

    *grumble grumble… HOW much??… grumble*

  • Penny Dreadful Vintage
    November 18, 2010

    The wooden one is fabulous, wouldn’t it be nice to bring out every year. I haven’t done an advent calender in yonks.

  • kerry
    November 18, 2010

    The candle is lovely but chocolate is the way to go! x

  • Lady Cherry
    November 18, 2010

    I have tried one of the chocolates from the Hotel Chocolat one! (It was a sample, I didn’t lose self control and rip one open!!) They are fab! I also endured the ‘what picture are we going to find today children?’ horror…

  • bonita
    November 19, 2010

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    I really like the advent candle idea ~ you could even make your own easily enough… But honestly, who can resist chocolate?

    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

    • FashionGeorge
      November 19, 2010

      Oh my Gosh! Definitely true! I couldn’t resist this chocoalte idea either!!! Lovely! George x

  • Laura Connell
    November 19, 2010

    I absolutely love that first advent calendar. So whimsical and groovy! You’re right it’s too early for Xmas decorations but that hasn’t stopped my neighhbours across the street. They’ve already strung their lights! These are the same ones that are obssessive about their lawns in summer so I’m neither surprised nor pressured.

  • Leanne
    November 19, 2010

    My favourite has to be the wooden one! It could be passed on through generations. Why waste money every year buying a cardboard calendar, very eco friendly too.

    Love, love, looooove!