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Just because we’re adults doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy small daily treats during the stressful holiday season. After all, we need something to keep going during hours of shopping, gift wrapping, recipe research and cooking, right? This year, don’t just let your kids have fun. After all, nothing creates as much excitement around the holidays as opening a little door each day to find a surprise inside, even if you’re all adults. But you can keep your little toys, bits and trinkets, because when it comes to our 2022 advent calendar countdown, we want food and drink — and none of that stale chocolate from the dollar stores that comes in lower quality advent calendars. It’s the right thing.
Luckily, there are products out there that cater to those of us who think the holidays are mostly an excuse to slurp up massive amounts of Christmas cookies, chocolate candies, and plenty of libations.
Of course, there are classic chocolate advent calendars for those nostalgic for their youth. But there are also hot sauce advent calendars, craft beer advent calendars, and others that hide festive bits of both savory and sweet. Get a decoy for your kids, then you can have the good stuff all to yourself.
A version of this article originally appeared in August 2019.