A guest appearing on Good Morning Britain angered by fans by claiming that all advent calendars should be banned.
With the first day of the advent fast approaching, GMB hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway welcomed guest Tonia Buxton and former Blue Peter host Konnie Huq to take part in a debate about whether chocolate advent calendars should be removed from the shelves.
“I’d actually quite like to ban all advent calendars,” Buxton commented leading to Garraway expressing her shock and asking to know why.
Explaining the reason behind her shocking statement, Buxton continued to comment: “Shall I tell you why? Remember when we were children and we would have the ones with the pictures in, and we’d really have to look for the numbers and we’d get such gratification from just looking at the little bell or whatever and it was a lovely lead up to Christmas.
“So now they get chocolate straight away or they get gifts straight away, so this instant gratification is proving to cause a lot of unhappiness in children.”
Disagreeing with Buxton’s comments, Huq pointed out that advent calendars – in particular the chocolate ones – isn’t the problem.
“But that’s to do with society in general because this is the iPad generation, right?,” the ex childrens TV presenter asked.
Tomorrow marks the start of traditional chocolate advent calendars – but is it time to ditch sweet treats from Christmas calendars? 🍫🎅
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— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 30, 2018
“If they looked into a door and just saw a picture they’d chuck the advent calendar out the window and that would be that because their mentality is so different from ours. I agree we shouldn’t feed that mentality but we definitely should not be banning advent calendars.”
As the debate aired on screen, viewers watching at home shared their views and many were left annoyed by Buxton’s comments.
Seriously this woman is crazy?!?! Children eat more chocolate at Easter than they do at Christmas in those advent calendars!! They are so small!! She evidently didn’t get any when she was a child and wants to ruin it for everyone!! #GMB
— XxMrs OxX (@xXxMrsOxXx) November 30, 2018
Seriously just turned on @GMB and caught the end of discussion on banning advent calendars ! Get a grip people it's once a year. I'm sure some people just find things to moan about! It's Christmas enjoy it !!!! #Grinch #GMB #lovechristmas #adventcalendar
— Donna (@Mumzyplus3) November 30, 2018
Are they really having a debate about advent calendar's… 🤦♂️ What is the world coming to? All these snowflakes need to hurry and melt! #GMB
— Robert Taylor (@robbiet86) November 30, 2018
I’m I the only one that thinks children probably get bucket loads of chocolate and junk food on a weekly basis compared to what the older generation remember getting so a tiny treat in an advent Calendar is hardly the End of the World as we know it #GMB
— alastair livingstone (@bigozz67) November 30, 2018
However, Buxton counter-argued by adding that another reason why the daily festive treat should be banned is because of all the plastic packaging.
She went on to argue: “How about the argument these calendars, because you can get them very cheaply now, they’re full of plastic.
“I’ve got four children so that’s like a whole wall of plastic in my house. The chocolates are in plastic, so there are quite a few arguments – firstly it’s rubbish chocolate a lot of the time.”