There may be some unavoidable Christmas traditions. The excitement-disappointment train of cracker prizes, for instance, or the fun of putting a large number of family members in the same room and it all getting a bit Hunger Games over the TV remote. The distant relative bearing glitter bubble bath you suspect was won on a charity tombola stall two years ago.
All of which makes taking matters into your own hands with a tiny door of guaranteed festive joy every day sound even more tempting, right?
Grown-up advent calendars are getting into their groove, with more options than ever, so we've picked out the best of this year's sophisticated, unusual, beautiful and boozy daily delights, including calendars of craft beer, jewellery, cosmetics and even tea.
So while we're waiting for someone to invent a self-chilling cheese advent calendar (you heard it here first), brighten up your December and indulge yourself with our gallery, below.