A few days before December began, we got an email from Bart’s parents, saying they’d purchased us a digital advent calendar.
Even better? It was all London themed.
We downloaded it and on December 1st, we started watching the little animations associated with each day (or, we’ll miss a day or two and watch several in a row). You see bears ringing the bells in, I believe, St. Paul’s or ride the London Eye and look out over the city lit up for the holidays. A restaurant full of silhouetted workers prepares for a big holiday dinner, and a dog goes to visit the Queen’s corgi at Buckingham Palace. Each video is set to a holiday song, and the whole thing is just so sweet, funny, and clever.
Ella has been in HEAVEN. Nearly every animation includes a bird, a dog, or a cat (or all three) and, of course, that means she has to shout “da-da-da-da!” every time they appear.
We have watched all of the videos several times (in the case of the London Eye, we’ve probably seen it close to 30 times in the last three weeks) and every time they come on, Ella starts bouncing to the music and excitedly identifying animals.
(As you’ll see if you watch the video (and really, what else could you possibly have to do instead, four days before Christmas?), sometimes she has to take a little break to brush her teeth. Her dentist grandfather would be proud).
It’s only $3 and the whole thing is so fun, interactive, and full of holiday cheer that we will certainly be buying another one next year. Even if it’s not set in London.