I never grew up with Advent calendars. For some reason, those cardboard-entombed chocolate treats never made their way into my childhood.
I was first exposed to them when my in-laws sent one of the rectangular boxes to my firstborn son. I absolutely loved watching the joy it brought him every morning as he tore open the chocolate treat.
Since then, we’ve made sure each of my children gets one during Christmastime each year.
One mom from Shropshire, England, tried to do the same thing for her daughter — with unfortunate results.
According to UNILAD, 26-year-old Jessica Evans thought she’d gotten a great deal when she found a Garfield-themed Advent calendar at retailer B&M for a mere £1.99 ($2.50 USD).
Evans has three children, and she’d already gotten calendars for two of them.
“I’d got the younger girls a Peppa Pig and a My Little Pony advent calendar but Alissa, being older, wanted a different one,” she said, according to Entertainment Daily.
Hence 9-year-old Alissa ended up with Garfield. However, she ended up not liking her gift all that much.
The chocolates, well — didn’t look much like chocolate. They were green and didn’t smell like cocoa at all.
Still, Alissa soldiered on, eating the treats for four days in a row. On the fifth day, though, she rebelled.
“When she opened it and had the first one, she mentioned it tasted a bit strange, but I just thought she was being picky,” Evans said. “On the 11th of December, I was opening the younger girls’ calendars, but Alissa said she didn’t want hers and had stopped eating them.”
A child not eating chocolate? What wonder was this? Well, closer examination soon revealed Evans’ mistake.
“Alissa had said they looked a bit green, but I thought they were probably just apple-flavored ones and didn’t think anything of it,” Evans explained. “She said they tasted a bit strange, but hadn’t said they were horrible, so I just forgot about it. …
“I remember thinking they did look a funny shade of green and didn’t have a chocolatey smell. When I turned the calendar over and read that it was yoghurt and catnip flavour I couldn’t believe it — and that it had taken 11 days for us to notice.”
That’s right: Evans had bought her daughter an Advent calendar intended for cats. The worst part about the whole thing was that it was printed plainly on the box.
“When I looked at the box, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I have a degree in English literature and creative writing, but still couldn’t read a calendar and it had taken me 11 days to realize.
“Once (Alissa) got over the shock, she found the funny side of it. Thankfully, she’s absolutely fine, and I’ve checked online that she will be okay.”
Evans even found a use for the no-longer-desired Advent calendar. “I’m going to give the calendar to my friend for her cat,” she said.
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