I may be what you consider not normal when I say that I don't really like chocolate. I don't typically crave it and I can take it or leave it. I also come from an area where I did not grow up knowing what an advent calendar was, but I quickly learned about them when I moved to Canada. Enter the dilemma of not caring for the chocolate. It lost its appeal to me after a short while. Then, this magical thing happened. Stores and designers caught on and started offering deluxe versions with fun makeup, skincare, candles, etc. My excitement came back and it's like that very first Christmas that I learned about advent calendars.
Last year, I got the Benefit version which I reviewed every week. This year I wanted something different, so I searched around. Now are you ready for a funny story? When moving, my husband and I came across a paper gift certificate for The Body Shop. It had to be over ten years old, because I am certain that he got it before I came here. So I shoved it aside and figured it would be invalid by now.
He went to one of the downtown Toronto locations and showed them the certificate. One sales associate did not know what to make of it and had never seen one like it and called over her manager. When the manager saw it, she said it was from the 90s. Jaws dropped. And my jaw dropped when they still took it. Thank you, Body Shop! Perhaps it pays to be married to a bit of a hoarder sometimes, afterall (why can't all of the stuff he keeps be gift certificates?!). So with that, I got my advent calendar for this year!
I have my small tree up already, so it served as the perfect backdrop. Can't wait to put up the big tree this weekend! Like last year, I will do a weekly review of these products when December starts. For now, it sits there taunting me in its beautiful packaging.
He's a lot better today, though. And hopefully next time (please don't let there be a next time), I won't be so emotional over it now that I know he isn't allergic. For now, I still want to punch that wasp in the face.