Tuesday, 29 November 2011

An Advent Advert

From Thursday 1 December through Christmas Eve my blog DawnTreader’s Picture Book will be turned into an Advent Calendar. (For those of you who are not already following that blog, there will be a special Advent Calendar button at the top of the sidebar here to conveniently  transport you there.)

Traditional Advent calendars here take the form of a large rectangular card with 24 windows; one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. Each window opens to reveal an image or poem, or lottery number. Some calendars have a small gift concealed in each window, such as a toy or a chocolate item.

My plan is to take you “window shopping” with me. Yesterday as I walked through town, I found myself stopping frequently at shop windows and entrances to take photos of decorations. A few quite clever and inspired; others trying to display every article in stock; some trying the approach that ‘less is more’; and then some that seemed like a tired sigh: ‘I guess we have to do something….’ 

I will be combining my photos with various kinds of quotes; and so I hope there will be something for everyone as we go along, whatever your feelings about Christmas – or shopping! – may be. I’m afraid you shall have to buy your own chocolate, though.


No, I’m afraid it’s no use clicking on the numbers!


  1. oh goody, can't wait to see each day what you saw... great idea and i am already getting excited just thinking about what you found in those windows. we don't have windows to look in here and i am jealous

  2. Awww! Monica. There I was clicking away and waiting for my chocolate. When I was a child with four siblings one had to be up early for the Advent Calender, They used to have tissue paper images behind each little door so if they were hung on a window one got a magical illuminated picture. What fun, thanks. I may do Christmas this year.

  3. Wow, this is a great idea! And I know I will love it, because I love shopping! I am a shopper, for sure! I have never had an Advent Calendar, though I just may get one this year, they are so tempting! But the girls are not here often enough to enjoy one. So now I will at least have YOURS!

  4. Great idea, Monica. You seem to be converting Adrian. I somehow can't see me getting Christmasified though.


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