Advent Calendar Disgrace!
I had to spend a few minutes the other day explaining to my girlfriend, and consoling her – it didn’t matter that the first door on the advent calendar (which I was opening) was so much larger than the second door (which she was opening), as over the 24 days they are bound to be organised so they even-out. If not they would be the cause of endless fights between children.
Oops. No: first door – large; second door – tiny; third door – large; fourth door – tiny; fifth door – large; sixth door – large (ooh); seventh door – large; eighth door – tiny…
There is one bonus for the person going second though – door number 24 is huge and most likely has a Kinder Surprise behind it! This got me thinking that actually the doors were cleverly organised and would even-out, and as I’ve obviously too much time on my hands, I decided to add up the door areas. [This is getting sad I know]. The results are:
- Child 1 opens 205.36 sq cm of door (41% more door than Child 2!)
- Child 2 opens 145.57 sq cm of door
- Child 1 opens 106.36 sq cm of door
- Child 2 opens 91.74 sq cm of door
- Child 3 opens 152.83 sq cm of door
This doesn’t seem very fair. I can hear the screams of a million disappointed children from here! When I was young, the three of us shared one advent calendar. Is this not the case any more? Perhaps we were an anomaly, and normally children had one each?
My final thought is – is it possible to order a reasonable number of different sized doors (say 3 sizes) on a calendar so that it wouldn’t matter whether 2, 3 or 4 children used the calendar, they would all get an equal total door size? Call it a kind of Christmas puzzle!