Jacquie Lawson’s Edwardian Advent Calendar – 11/10

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When I was a kid, you could buy Advent Calendars that counted down each day of December until you reached Christmas. The delightful part, however, was that behind each ‘day’ on the calendar was a small chocolate. I can’t remember the taste of the chocolate, but I can remember the sense of anticipation that went with each one.

Can you still buy those Advent Calendars? No idea, but this year I have another reason to look forward to Christmas, and it’s far kinder to my waistline! A dear friend gave me a digital Advent Calendar, and I literally start each day looking to see what new delight will be revealed.

As I received the Edwardian Advent Calendar at the end of November, I was only allowed to visit the Pavillion, a cosy room that looks like this :

advent calendar pavillion

The two dogs, and the two small kittens on the chaise, are animated. Each time you do something in the Pavillion they run through a series of very cute little routines. So far I’ve only seen one routine repeated!

But the Pavillion provides more than just a seemingly never-ending series of animations. All the jigsaw and box puzzles can be played, as can this game :

advent calendar 5

And then, finally, December 1 arrives and you get to explore the Edwardian part of the calendar. For those unfamiliar with the Edwardian period in England, it was a time of gracious living [for the well-to-do] in beautiful mansions with a small army of servants to cook, clean and generally make life easy.

Each day, the Advent Calendar provides a sneak peak into this period via simple but very effective animations. Sometimes this sneak peak is interactive. For example, on Day 3 you get to do flower arranging. You are provided with six different ‘vases’ and masses of period flowers and greenery to arrange as you will.

advent calendar 3

advent calendarAll the controls are simple point and click affairs, very easy to do, yet the programming behind them is powerful. Every flower can be resized, flipped and rotated, allowing you to create some very unique ‘arrangements’.

Once you’re done you’re prompted to select the room of the mansion in which to display your creations.

The flower arrangement on the left is the first one I created, and as you can see, it is destined for the ‘hall’.

To my huge surprise, my creation actually became a part of the ‘scene’ :

advent calendar the Hall

Can you see it?

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun. Not only is the concept brilliant, the execution is superb. Everything from the animations to the interactive games and music are just perfect.

I know I’m sounding like an info-mercial but … if you want to send someone a digital gift for Christmas, this just has to be it!

cheers

Meeks

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37 responses to “Jacquie Lawson’s Edwardian Advent Calendar – 11/10

  • Carrie Rubin

    What a clever idea! We have an advent calendar where we move a little Santa to the new date every day, but this sounds like much more fun. :)

  • Honie Briggs

    I love Jacquie Lawson e-cards. A friend of mine sends them to me from time to time. This one looks like fun!

  • metan

    Those choccy advent calendars are still available but they are usually poor quality chocolate and the theme is something that is currently popular, this year I have seen, among others, Barbie, One Dimension, oh sorry, One Direction, and the Skylander video game ones. You can also get Star Wars Lego ones but they are quite expensive. My sisters and I were bemoaning the lack of decent ones for the kids over the weekend!

    I like your digital advent calendar, what a great idea, and no junk or waste, just enjoyment! :D

    • acflory

      Aaaah, right. I can’t remember what the chocolate was like in the old calendars but I suspect it wasn’t all that great back then either!

      When I was writing the post I thought of your boys. :) I’m sure they’d love the animations if nothing else.

  • David Prosser

    It’s great that the Jackie Lawson one is so much fun and non-fattening too. I’ve never known them to be quite as interactive as this. I’ve uncovered one or two in the past but still run to the kitchen to beat Ju to the Cadbury’s chocolate advent while she has fun with the interactive one. I hope it brings you fun right up to the last day.
    Your hall flowers we’re very nicely done, any chance you could pop over and do a couple of vases for me?
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx.

    • acflory

      Ah now…Cadbury’s chocolate is another matter entirely. :D I’m a Cadbury’s girl from way back, so it’s just as well the Jacquie Lawson is low fat. ;)

      -hugs-

  • EllaDee

    What a lovely e-gift. Very festive. The e-advent calendar is a clever idea… I checked out her site, lots of good stuff. I saw an advent calendar, chocs behind the tabs I think in the supermarket last weekend but it was cheap and nasty. Handmade are nice and good projects for the crafty or kids… Last year I bought a timber box advent calendar on sale from Peters of Kensington where you put trinkets, choc, etc behind little flaps for the G.O. which I then had to remind him to check…

  • davidprosser

    http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/honours-in-sunshine/

    I have to say this serves you right. Your blog’s just too good.
    Nadolig Llawen @ Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.
    xxx Cwtch xxx

  • Candy Korman

    I’m down with anything that offers one chocolate a day! (LOL) And these are particularly beautiful.

  • Patricia

    I recieved as a gift as well and I have been having so much fun with it. You forgot to mention that in the library there is a book for each day that talks about that day’s scene or activity and how it relates to the Edwardian Period. Fun and educational!

  • Lis Angus

    I received the 2013 advent calendar as a gift and am enjoying it very much (as I did the ones in the past two years). But today (Dec 11) I have a question – where is the nursery? (today we got to make samplers, and select which room to put them in – “nursery 1″ and “nursery2″ were options but I can’t find those rooms!)

  • Lady Mary

    I can’t find them either> I am hopeful that the children will turn up eventually in this Edwardian adventure and I will spot my samplers then :) We will just have to wait and see.

  • Andrea

    I agree, where are the nurseries? Maybe they will show up tomorrow.

  • pontefract cake

    they are still not here on the 12th. Help us JL!!

  • Caroline

    JL posted a comment in response to a plethora of questions about the nursery on the FB page – it just says “don’t worry, the nursery will appear soon”… so I guess we just need some patience. :)

  • Anita

    Re Nursery – the other “do it yourself” things are immediately visible and there’s nothing that mentions the nursery will come later, which is why I googled and found your site.

    I may be the only naysayer – but in years past, there was a London Advent calendar and we liked it much better. Early on you could decorate a tree and then you see your tree in your window all month. I really miss that feature. They told me I could only buy “London” on iTunes, which I don’t use.

    • acflory

      The Nursery arrived today! It’s a cute little animation rather than an interactive.

      It would have been nice to decorate the tree but I’m still delighted with what we have. As each new chapter is added, it also becomes part of the ‘background’ – like the ice skaters on the pond.

      My only complaint is that I’m hopeless at the game/puzzle with the balls. It’s driving me crazy! Do you know how to solve it?

  • Joan Reade

    What has happened to my grand childrens Victorian Advent from 26 11 12
    nataliepreade@hotmail.co.uk They cannot access this calendar without paying, this was paid for by my credit card at the time of the transaction,
    Please give this your promt attention, the chidren are so disapionted
    Sincerely yours Joan Reade

    • acflory

      I’m sorry Joan, I’m not a part of the company. :( I just tried to find an email for them but couldn’t see one. Perhaps you have to login. I hope you get things sorted asap.

  • Enchanted By Sewing (Laurel Shimer)

    Oh thank goodness you have already discussed the vital nursery question.! I sent two samplers that way and have been clicking everywhere trying to figure out how to get upstairs :-)

  • Sly

    I’m a long-time JL fan. Have been using her cards for years. I have enjoyed every advent calendar as well! I finally solved the balls puzzle. It took a long time though. Just keep trying! :)

  • Katherine Tomaier (@kat_mater)

    This advent calendar has been a lot of fun. I will do this again next year for sure I bought a few for my family as well and they also loved it. As far as the choc ones in the stores go..buy it..throw out the chocolate in it and you can melt down your own chocolate and use a piping bag to refill the little squares and you can re-use it multiple times.

    • acflory

      What a great idea Katherine! The chocolate that comes with the calendars is always stale and a bit yuck.

      Btw, I signed up to JL today and bought the circus one just for fun. I’ve been having a ball with the balloon popping game!

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