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Spottiswoode Trading Teddy Bear Advent Calendar

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 8:14 pmNo Comment

This hand-made, felt teddy bear advent calendar is perfect if you want to get away from those identikit, mass-produced calendars

Buy online at Spottiswoode Trading

Price £25

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Initial thoughts: This hand-made, felt advent calendar looks beautiful and is a far cry from the cardboard chocolate advent calendars that abound at this time of year. It’s made by hand from red and green felt, and is 50cm by 40cm, so small enough not to take over your lounge.  In fact, we thought it loked like the sort of thing you’d pick up at a Christmas craft fair. The calendar itself is a cheery, green Christmas tree with 24 pockets underneath. There is also a separate bag with 24 tiny teddy bears, that you put into the pockets. Each day, you remove one teddy bear, and hang it on the tree.

We liked: The smallest member of the family pronounced the teddy bears to be ‘cute’ and was pleased to see a Christmas tree. But – to be fair – this isn’t an advent calendar that’s going to send small people into raptures of excitement. But as an adult, with a highly-developed aesthetic sense, you might appreciate the traditional styling and hand-made look and feel.

We weren’t keen: For a small child (three-year-old), the teddy bears are a bit small and fiddly to get out of the calendar pockets, and also to hang on the tree. All the teddy bears are the same (except a few were missing their faces), which is a bit dull for a child. The excitement of advent calendars (whether chocolate, or not), was seeing a different picture or getting a different toy to hang on the tree, and so on, for each day. Just hanging the same thing up every day, isn’t really fun for a child.

Overall: This is a very beautiful advent calendar that will last for years, but while the children are small, you’ll probably love it more than they do. It will look lovely in a red and green themed Christmas living room, for example.  It’s the perfect gift for grandparents, but I wonder whether younger kids will really appreciate it. What might be nice is to use the calendar itself but make different things for the pockets – Christmas tale characters, or Christmassy objects, perhaps. Then it could turn into a real family tradition. Perhaps the children could help make new things each year as a special Christmas craft project.

[By Tasha at WAHM-BAM]

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