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Wee Christmas finds: Fortnum’s Advent Calendar

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I can't help missing London right now, with all the sparkling Christmas lights, glowing department store windows, mulled wine in little shops, and a sprinkling of snow. I'll especially miss the little traditions I started over three years, like my annual Christmas shop at Fortnum & Mason, where I stocked up on pretty tins of biscuits, Fortnum's potted stilton and special Christmas tea.

So my Advent Calendar pick this year is a very special Fortnum's one, depicting the beautiful facade complete with festive windows and the famous Christmas trees lining the awning. An unfilled calendar is £95, but you can refill it every year with your own treats, like homemade sweets and chocolates. The filled calendar is £125, and is filled with Fortnum's treats including sugar mice, chocolate coins, jelly beans, truffles and Fortnum's chocolates. Pricey for an advent calendar (and I still have a soft spot for the humble cardboard nativity version) but it's a lovely keepsake and souvenir of London.

Fortnum's Advent Calendar, from £95, from Fortnum & Mason.

  • thejenbug

    It’s gorgeous! Great idea to have one that can be refilled each year. By the way it’s 0 degees in London today! :-o

  • http://conversationpieces.co.uk/ Zoe, Conversation Pieces

    so pretty but ouch on the price! I do so like the idea of a keepable one but we always end up with a cardboard one :)