The Real Advent Calendar

For the last few years, The Meaningful Chocolate Company have been creating whats called “The Real Easter Egg”. Designed to promote Fairtrade chocolate and the original Easter story, The Real Easter Eggs can now be found in Tesco stores around the country during a time of year which seems to be all about chocolate and Easter. I guess it was only a matter of time until “The Real Advent Calendar” was announced.

According to the website:

The Real Advent Calendar is a new and fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story.
Behind each of the 25 windows there is a Fairtrade chocolate star and a few words from the Christmas story. Behind the final window there is a 24-page Christmas story booklet to read, keep and enjoy.

So not cheap, but you get a little booklet, and possibly actually decent chocolate on a daily basis.

Which is obviously the important thing about Advent.

More information can be found at

Whilst we aware its still September it has been over a month since I first saw Christmas chocolates in the shops… so I guess I dont feel to bad to be posting about Christmas already!

The Last Week.

Well. The eager eyed among you may have noticed that the sofa has been a little on the quiet side recently. This was because of an issue featuring a heavy TV, a radiator, and my thumb.

I’m now on the mend, so hopefully there may be a little more posted here then the occaional Youtube video.

This last week and a bit hasn’t been all that bad though, on Tuesday The Sofa was present at a Thanksgiving Service at Exeter Cathedral to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Exeter YMCA’s work housing and supporting homeless young people. We found it to be a great evening featuring stories from residents past and present, “This Andy” in the worship band, and Devon singer and The Voice star, Adam Isaac singing his charity single, Sleepeasy.

We’d recommend giving a listen to the snippet of Sleepeasy that can be found over at Amazon or iTunes a listen, and a click on the download link if you like it!

The Express and Echo website also has a feature on the work of the YMCA thats worth a read!