I don’t know about everyone else, but I like my advent calendars filled with more than simply a bit of cheap chocolate. I managed to get my hands on one last year that had a mystery to solve, with each one of the windows giving a new clue each day. I figured it out by day eight, but the family took a bit longer, and that’s what counts.

THIS year, I have one that gives me an interesting facts every day, and this morning was the fact that Christmas trees made of aluminium used to be very popular. Sounds strange, but I think I remember my grandparents having one for a while. You can really do a lot with aluminium, toolboxes notwithstanding. No wonder it’s been put to good use in the industrial sector. My ute has three aluminium toolboxes because they’re so handy to have.  Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a calendar on the secrets of industry, because…well, I’m not involved in it. Office worker here, so it’s not like I’ll ever stand atop a girder, or operate a concrete mixer. Office is interesting enough, but I feel like my brain is a road full of potholes: all the time, I’m trying to fill it in. It’s just that experiences are harder to fill in than straight knowledge. I don’t know what it’s like to screw in some roof racks and bars, for example. I don’t even OWN a toolbox; I’m so busy working that I usually just get people in to deal with the DIY. So the mysteries of toolboxes and what you do with a set-square are beyond me, except when I steal a bit of idle time to look it up, or get that information out of one of my novelty advent calendars.

Maybe I shouldn’t bother. I think the kids are far more into the chocolate calendars anyway, rather than interesting facts about strange aluminium Christmas decorations of times past. Still…maybe for Christmas I should ask for another good quality aluminium toolbox. in Melbourne, no less. It’s good to support local businesses, AND I’ll be getting some of that experience I apparently crave.

-Tom