Here the various Aldi stores didn’t get most of their calendars on November 3rd like they were supposed to, except for the beer, wine, and dog/cat ones. But they trickled in over the course of the month, and as in the past the likely scarcity had me buying multiples. We shipped some of the deluxe ‘stand up’ ones to relatives who are sadly sans Aldi stores.
Some of my coworkers got the deluxe calendars and their kids and grandkids all got the little chocolate ones this year, except for the weird one who doesn’t like chocolate so they had to find something different for them.
Wine calendars sold out same day as usual but two stores still had beer calendars this past weekend. The Disney and Marvel storybook calendars are also still at the store where last year (and prior) they sold out in the first few of days.
I think enough other stores jumped on the advent calendars of everything bandwagon so Aldi no longer has quite the pull they did before.
I also just picked up the twelve days of Christmas Irish Cream “calendar”, which will help deal with the meh days after Christmas.
I’m still going to line up on calendar day next year
@duodec@mikibell i have a friend that builds their own advent calendars. Her husband makes hers and she makes his so they won’t know what they get. One year they did liquor shots using they airplane size bottles
@ironcheftoni that is awesome… hubby doesn’t drink, so I am outa luck there!!! I did have the coffee advent calendar last year, and he was feeling left out, so I made him one with condiment containers full of hershey’s chocolates, and such
@ironcheftoni@mikibell Williams Sonoma has a popcorn advent calendar. I would like one but they went for $54. Half price right now but not available here. Even at half price seems like a lot for popcorn.
@mikibell@sammydog01@ironsheftoni Last week a set of “Elf” and “A Christmas Story” advent calendars were released at Aldi. A bit pricey but one of the people at the office is a major fan of Christmas Story and had me buy one for him for work. Its got little figurines in it; Ralphy in his winter overcoats and scarves, Mom, and a Bupkus dog have made an appearance so far. It isn’t numbered so you just pick a random door each day.
@mikibell - She had a hard time recognizing the first day’s character. I figured it out and I thought I didn’t know the show that well. Spoiler it was Michael from one of the Christmas episodes. The figures are the perfect size to scatter about among desk tchotchkes.