While Matthew kept the kids occupied elsewhere, I devoted myself to reading ingredient lists to find a gluten-free advent calendar. After about 10 minutes of looking, I noticed a few had a little speech bubble on the front that said "Ohne Alkohol!"
That ingredient wasn't even on my radar!
This raises several important questions, such as: Are these intended for children? Or are adults continuing their childhood nostalgia with the purchase of a colorful cardboard box filled with treats? And if so, how many of them really open only one door each day?
This newfound knowledge narrowed down my search considerably. I still read the back of probably 50 or more different calendars. And possibly even reached a point where I was willing to make sacrifices...rum doesn't have any gluten in it, so it's safe, right?? Thankfully, I found ONE single calendar that met both criteria of being gluten-und-alkoholfrei. And bonus -- it has a beautiful picture of a train on the front!
A few adult advent calendars came close to slipping into my bag too, but I settled on these for us instead.