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In which my advent calendar obsession spans decades

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I'm looking for an advent calendar that: 1. Just has pictures (no chocolate OR OTHER GIFTS<); 2) has INTERESTING pictures (ie not just a bauble/a star/a wrapped present); 3) has pictures that are NOT CHRISTIAN. I asked about advent calendars back in 2008. You would think I'd have this advent calendar business sorted by now. You would be wrong.

I reached breaking point a few years ago after buying a 'country house' themed advent calendar.... in which, somehow, Jesus and pals started turning up towards the end of the month. In an early twentieth century country house? It didn't even occur to me that this would be something I had to worry about*. However, I'm still hopeful that somehow I'm gonna find one that fits my specification.

Ideally I could get this within the UK, but I'm asking early on purpose so that I have time to order one from somewhere else if necessary. I would prefer not to spend too much on this, though.

I don't want to make my own because I want it to be A SURPRISE

*Yes, I know that 'advent' is originswise a Christian thing. No, I don't think that it's at all strange for me to want to enjoy the buildup to Christmas in a secular way.


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