Not long until the count down begins, (I guess you could call this a count down to the count down, but that would be annoying).
Before we got old enough to realise that there was such a thing as chocolate filled Advent calendars my sisters and I would share a cardboard, illustrated one, take it turns, with lots of arguing, to open a window and be various shades of delighted/ disappointed depending on what we revealed.
Animals and pretty trees were a crowd pleaser, three wise men, meh.
We later graduated to the chocolate filled ones, perhaps Mum got sick of the squabbles every morning for a month, but there's something about a gorgeous, illustrated Advent calendar that will always signal the kick off of pre-Xmas excitement for me.
Here's my fave London based finds, ranging from simple and stylish to just plain outrageous.
(Christmas in London is the best, it does show off ever so well in December!)
1. Fortnum & Mason Wooden Advent Calendar
This appeals to my doll's house loving side, my wooden things loving side and my chocolate loving side. That's all my sides. All of them.
2. Buckingham Palace Advent Calendar
Now, my sisters and I would have fought like cat and dog, specifically Corgi, to open the little windows on this one.
No chocolates, no treats, just charming illustrations and the Queen. One is delighted. I'm sure her Royal Madge has this very calendar stuck on her fridge.
3. The Liberty Advent Calendar 2016
I probably shouldn't even bother showing you this one.
It's beautiful. It's stunning. It's become a beauty cult, classic. And it's totally and utterly, hopelessly sold out.
You can of course get your grubby mitts on one over on eBay. Last I checked they were changing hands for nearly £300. (Might I suggest you put that £300 towards a lovely doll's house instead and just slum it with her Majesty's calendar back there at number 2?!)
4. Harrods Envelope Advent Calendar
Well, here we have a pack of Kraft envelopes on string, a very simple, affordable idea and one that struck me as very non-Harrods, which is probably why I liked it so much.
I particularly love that you can get so many mini things stuffed into those envelopes !