Adventing in London

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.

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  • Reply Jennifer Lee December 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I was watching this and Oliver wandered by and said, "Who is that?" And I answered, "Ella." And he said, "Can we go meet him? To play? Right now? Can we go meet him?" So, what are you guys doing later?

  • Reply Melanie December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    She is just beyond adorable!

  • Reply Jenny December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    …and that random plug at the end for dental hygiene?…

  • Reply Creole Wisdom December 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    She saw her toothbrush and it only seemed right 🙂 What a cutie pie!

  • Reply Lexilooo December 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    you had me at the Queen's corgi…

  • Reply Merrick December 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    B wants to watch this over and over and over and over. He is so excited to see her tonight!

  • Reply Jenny December 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    LOL! I often find myself watching things on the internet and thinking, hey, I should brush my teeth. 😉 So freaking cute!

  • Reply Becca December 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Haha, adorable. 🙂 I love the flapping arms!

  • Reply megan December 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I am so loving this advent calendar too. My kids just won't let me do the snowflakes or decorate the tree… Fine, I guess it's meant to be for them anyway. can't wait to see you!

  • Reply Camille December 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Um, what is the point of an advent calendar if there are no chocolates with it???

  • Reply Camille December 21, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Can you tell I'm being slowly starved at my parent's house? In case you weren't sure, I AM.

  • Reply Lady Susan December 22, 2011 at 1:30 am

    So cute!

  • Reply Karina December 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I have not a clue as to what an advent calendar is, but I'm so tired that I don't even want to google it. I wish I just knew 🙂

  • Reply Packrat December 23, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Heavens, what a cutie! I'm guessing she is going to be a musician. Merry Christmas to you and your whole family!

  • Reply Stacy December 31, 2011 at 3:50 am

    We have gotten this calendar for the second year in a row from Grandma C. The girls LOVE it…..too bad it wouldn't install on my laptop so we could watch them while we were out of town. I guess we'll have to catch up when we get home!

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