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“Advent Calendar 2013”

Written on: 26/12/2013 by GreyJay (1 review written)

We have been subscribers since Jacquie Lawson answered emails herself! We accept that things change but one hopes it's for the better. Not so. The original cards are still the best in terms of sentiment, originality, humour, and charm. Many now look and sound tired, repetitious, and condescending. But the 2013 Advent Calendar was a major disappointment. Creative people obviously worked hard on it but, for us (and unfortunately for those we sent it to) it had had none of the enchantment of previous calendars. Overall, we found it leaden, condescending, and graphically and interactively pedestrian. Worse, it was charmless. And surely that was a characteristic of Edwardian manor life? So, why choose the "Downton Abbey', 'Upstairs/Downstairs', 'Gosford Park' context? It was so derivative and ... well, charmless.