2013 Wrap Up – Pick A Favorite!

Well, it’s that lazy week between Christmas and New Years. A time to look towards the new year ahead and a time to look back at the year behind us. And, while it is still fresh in our nog filled noggins, a time to look back at the past Advent Calendar season and attempt to pick a favorite. So tell me, dear watcher, which was your favorite? (If you just can’t decide, you can choose more than one.)

Day 1 – Bob Baker Marionette Theatre w/ Santa
Day 2 – Advent Binder
Day 3 – Advent Stew
Day 4 – Universal Studios
Day 5 – An apology
Day 6 – Broken window
Day 7 – Prerecorded computer voice
Day 8 – Championship Wrestling from Hollywood with James “Main Event” Morgan
Day 9 – A.D.V.E.N.T. Space 10 – Robotic space arm opening
Day 10 – Flat Grantley Contest begins
Day 11 – Tooba from Goon Holler!
Day 12 – The Amazing green screen suit!
Day 13 – Mystery Advent Theatre 3000
Day 14 – Michael Rayner juggles the contents of door 14!
Day 15 – Advent Laundry Room Hoedown IV
Day 16 – Sleepwalking
Day 17 – Cave Explorer
Day 18 – All tied up
Day 19 – Mike Bennett Art
Day 20 – Flat Grantley contest announcement
Day 21 – The Advent Clown
Day 22 – Group Advent Opening with BreakManZ, Olivia, Princess Scientist and Wheeler
Day 23 – Dad via FaceTime
Day 24 – Granta Claus
Day 25 – Christmas!
So, which one was your favorite?
Some of my personal favorites this year were…
  • Day 15 – The Advent Hoedown (I love that group of people, some of my very best friends.)
  • Day 11 – Tooba! Loved having Tooba on the show. 
  • Day 20 – The contest announcement – the sheer number of entries was mind boggling. 
  • Day 23 – Dad via FaceTime – Due to work I wasn’t able to make it to Burlingame things year, so it was very fun having Dad involved via technology.
My least favorite was, of course, Day 6 – the broken window.  But at least I got an Advent Calendar out of it.
When i start every year, I feel that I won’t have enough ideas to fill all 25 days. This year I was amazed how ideas fell into place. I actually wound up not using a bunch of ideas that I came up with before December 1. That’s fine. More ideas for next year!  And, just today, I came up with a reoccurring idea for next year.  Got to make sure I get it in the binder.
Brian Greer, on Twitter, suggested we should start sir t of a Hall Of Fame, Where certain episodes are put into a sort of ‘Hall Of Fame’ as some of the best from the entire history of the Advent Calendar.  Which poses another question.  If you could only pick one episode from all the years of the Advent Calendar to go into this ‘Hall of Fame,’ which one would you pick?
Not sure tI’ll ever do a hall of fame, at least until there is 10 years of video, but it’s fun to think about.
Thanks again for another fun year!



  1. Robyn on December 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    My favorite is Mystery Advent Theater 3000, though Flat Grantley was a lot of fun, too. (Perhaps that can go in the contest wing of the Advent Calendar Hall of Fame.)

  2. Rfaljean on December 28, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I loved day 9 and day 13…. Can’t wait until next year!