The Advent of Good Ideas

Apologies to the non-Christian readers among you, but today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is, traditionally, the beginning of the liturgical year in Western Christian churches–prep time for the Nativity, if you will.

It’s also the time of year when you get to start playing with those really cool calendars which count down to Christmas.  This is where I get interested.  I like surprises.  The idea of opening a little door and getting a tiny surprise is kind of awesome.   If you’re lucky, you’ll get one with pieces of chocolate behind each door.  Personally, I think every calendar should give chocolate for each day.  Double chocolate if it’s a crappy day like April 15.  And Election days (yes, I’m happy to vote, but I’m rarely pleased with the choices).

The only trouble is that the doors are so tiny, there’s only so much you can get back there.  Sometimes it’s just a picture (or a part of a picture).  Or that bite of candy (yeah, because I’m not eating enough over the holidays).  It would be tough to cram my own personal Mr. Darcy back there, sadly.    Sure, I know it’s only supposed to build up to Christmas (Mr. Darcy in a box under my tree?  Huzzah!), but would it kill ’em to bump those calendar’s up a bit?  Say, an iTunes download?

We thought of rigging up an Advent calendar here at MTV, MPB, but we never came up with an idea worthy of our readership (translation: we procrastinated too long to come up with a good idea).  So your Advent surprises this season?  The joy of clicking the link to see what manner of semi-entertaining crap we’ve given you for that day.

Oh, and a daily wish of virtual chocolate.