How should you open an advent calendar? Heated Christmas debate sparked in Australia

Bizarre heated debate sparked over what order to open advent calendar doors in: ‘Do you start at 1 or 24?’

  • Parents are divided over which way they should open their advent calendars
  • A Melbourne mum wanted to settle a debate with her son about the ‘right’ way 
  • Many believe it is a countdown to Christmas Day and hence begin at ’24’
  • But others claim it is a ‘calendar’ and so people are meant to count up from 1

Parents have sparked a heated debate over how Christmas advent calendars should be used – despite it being widely known that they are to be opened on each corresponding day in December.

A Melbourne mum posted the seemingly innocent question in a Facebook group, hoping to settle a debate with her son.

‘With advent calendars, do you start with 1 or 24?’ she asked. ‘I think 24 – as it’s a countdown to how many days until Christmas.’

Parents have sparked a heated debate over which way Christmas advent calendars should be used - despite it being widely known that they are to be opened on each corresponding day in December

Parents have sparked a heated debate over which way Christmas advent calendars should be used – despite it being widely known that they are to be opened on each corresponding day in December 

A Melbourne mum posted a seemingly innocent question in a Facebook group hoping to settle a debate with her son

A Melbourne mum posted a seemingly innocent question in a Facebook group hoping to settle a debate with her son

A woman shared her family’s age-old dispute about the same subject.

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‘I have this fight with my sister every year,’ she began. ‘It’s been going on for over thirty years now.’

‘I go from 1-24 like the days of the calendar – but she does it from 24-1 like a countdown.’

‘We are both stuck in our ways and tell each other they’re wrong and teaching their kids wrong.’

‘To me, it’s an advent calendar so I’m right. It’s not called an advent count down so she is wrong.’ 

A woman shared her family's age-old dispute about the same subject - and had strong opinions on who was 'right'

A woman shared her family’s age-old dispute about the same subject – and had strong opinions on who was ‘right’ 

Some parents could not believe the suggestion that people begin their advent calendars at 24.

‘I start at 1 as you’re starting from 1 December and working your way up – that’s why it’s called a calendar.’

‘It follows the days of the months as you go along, obviously,’ said another mum. ‘And once you get to 25 it’s Christmas.’

While others could not conceive of treating them as anything other than a countdown.

‘There are 24 sleeps to go – I always count down not up,’ said one woman.

A mum added, ‘Countdowns work easier for the little kids as they can see how many days are left for Christmas.’

But parents are far from the only one divided over this - after a TikToker recently claimed we've been 'doing Advent calendars wrong our whole lives'

But parents are far from the only one divided over this – after a TikToker recently claimed we’ve been ‘doing Advent calendars wrong our whole lives’

But parents are not the only ones divided over this. 

A TikToker recently claimed we’ve been ‘doing Advent calendars wrong our whole lives.’

Going by username @supernoodle2, the father – believed to be from the West Midlands – went viral after a sharing a video of how he tackles the countdown to Christmas

In the video, which now has more than 39,900 views, he opened number 24 first on his Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate advent calendar, writing: ‘Advent calendars count down to Christmas, not up.’

But social media users weren’t convinced – and many rushed to question the concept.

It comes as chocolate fans were left confused by this year’s Heroes advent calendar after struggling to find the number one door to open

People were quick to question the concept of starting at number 24 on the calendar, pointing out that the more luxe gifts in a lot of Advent calendars only appear towards the end of the month.

‘So then why is the best thing on the 24th or 25th,’ one user demanded.

Another simply said: ‘No way.’

A third poster pointed out: ‘When I opened number one it says 24 sleeps.’ 

The British TikToker went viral after sharing a video - which now has more than 39,900 views - showing himself starting the festive tradition at number 24

The British TikToker went viral after sharing a video – which now has more than 39,900 views – showing himself starting the festive tradition at number 24

One man left users divided when he claimed that we've been 'doing Advent calendars wrong our whole lives'

One man left users divided when he claimed that we’ve been ‘doing Advent calendars wrong our whole lives’

One commenter also said they have 25 doors – meaning they would ‘still be eating Advent chocolates come Boxing Day.’

Meanwhile, others have been struggling to find the first door on the Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar.

Cadbury fans took to Twitter scratching their heads – with some joking they they ‘wanted a refund’.  

But social media users weren't convinced - and many rushed to the comments to slam the allegation

But social media users weren’t convinced – and many rushed to the comments to slam the allegation

Following a baffling search for the first treat, customers eventually spotted the text on the first door. 

It turns out, the number one was printed on a Twirl wrapper in a similar shade of dark purple – leaving it near impossible to see.

Luckily, some eagle-eyed chocolate lovers posted snaps of their advent calendars to point out the location of the secret door.

Following a baffling search for the first treat, customers eventually spotted that the text on the first door had been printed in dark purple - leaving it near impossible to see

Following a baffling search for the first treat, customers eventually spotted that the text on the first door had been printed in dark purple – leaving it near impossible to see

One person wrote: ‘anyone else having trouble finding the #1 on their Cadbury’s Heroes advent Calendar..? Just got home and spent 30mins looking for the fugger!’

Another said: ‘I am not happy with Cadbury’s heroes this year. I looked at my calendar wondering where door number 1 is? And it is purple font hidden on a purple twirl wrapper. I am sure that it is not only me with this problem. I AM NOT HAPPY!’

Someone else replied: ‘Omg thank god you pointed that out. I couldn’t find it and thought I was going mad!’ 

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