Can you spot what’s wrong with this advent calendar? Shoppers slam Kmart buy after noticing one awkward detail
- An Australian mum said her advent calendar from Kmart was a complete ‘fail’
- The calendar is not numbered with the dates 1 to 24 to they have to guess
- The mum had to label the four calendars she bought for her young kids herself
A mum-of-four was left disappointed after the Kmart advent calendars she bought her kids seemed to be missing one key detail.
The $7 calendar, sold in Australian stores, does not have the 24 days numbered, so customers have no idea what order the windows should be opened in.
Instead, the woman had to individually number each door on each of the four advent calendars for her children.
The unusual buy has sparked debate amongst Aussie parents – some of which believe there are more important issues to be worrying about rather than the lack of numbers on a kids’ advent calendar.
A mum-of-four was left disappointed after the Kmart advent calendars she bought her kids seemed to be missing one key detail
The $7 calendar does not have the 24 days numbered, so customers have no idea what order the windows should be opened in
The woman posted her ‘Kmart fail’ to a popular Facebook group for fans of the Australian department store.
‘No numbers on the advent calendar. Guess who had fun trying to number all the slots this morning times four,’ the frustrated mum said.
Many other parents also fell victim to the calendar.
‘This Advent Calendar is a total failure!’ one frustrated mum agreed.
‘There are no numbers. It does not make sense at all when each child decides to open their own calendar.’
The calendar includes an array of festive office supplies, including a ruler, mini markers, a glue stick, a gel pen, scissors and glitter glue (pictured)
‘Does it need numbers? Can’t each child be creative with what they pick to open on the day?’ one mum asked.
‘As long as the children have fun with what they open that’s all that should matter.’
‘Both my kids love these, they just choose whichever one they want to open,’ another agreed.
‘We are currently looking into it,’ A Kmart spokesperson told FEMAIL.
‘We always appreciate customer feedback and encourage any customer to reach out to us through our customer service team at Kmartcustomerservice@kmart.com.au.
However, some parents believe opening the calendar in a random order would ruin the surprise for siblings.
‘Maybe it matters to them because the surprise is ruined for the other child regarding what’s behind each door if they pick different ones,’ one mum said.
The best ways to make your own advent calendar:
* Hanging advent calendar – label 24 envelopes or paper bags and fill them with treats, then fix a piece of twine to the wall and attach each envelope or bag to the twine with a clothes peg
* Toilet roll calendar – print out numbers 1 -24 on circular shaped paper and stick them to the end of 24 empty toilet paper rolls, then fill each roll with surprises and put them in a box so the numbered side of the roll is facing out
* Baking tin calendar – use a 24-cup baking tray, or two 12-cup trays to make your calendar by filling each cup with treats then covering the cup with numbered paper
* Advent organiser – buy a cheap organiser box with pull put doors. Label each door with the dates of advent and fill each box with treats
Advent calendars are causing much controversy this year, with parents recently debating the correct order to open the doors.
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.’
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.
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.
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