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Definite themes in Lego advent calendars for 2017

Some definite themes are showing through the calendars now, which is not something we have noted in previous years. That is, there has been an overall theme of snow and ice plus Christmas, but not a theme within the larger scene.

Day 14 – half way!

Yes, day fourteen means we’ve done half of our advent calendars and Christmas is getting very close!

To mark this halfway point, the Lego City calendar‘s fourteenth flap revealed a boat… I’m not quite sure how a boat fits into the snow theme unless it is a toy for the snowboarder!

Lego boat from City advent calendar

The Lego Friends calendar produced a trailer (for want of a better term!) for the snow mobile to pull behind the pet section!

Lego snowmobile trailer

 

Day fifteen

So can you guess what was in the Friends calendar for day fifteen? Yes it was a stand and animal – a cat (or maybe a kitten?) this time – so we really are building up a collection!

Lego small cat in a stand

The city calendar included a cute little fire truck for my son, which he was quite happy with.

Lego City fire truck toy

Day sixteen

Today, my daughter told me she found a cat, a fish and a horse in her calendar. However, it turned out that the horse was actually from day 22 and had somehow fallen into the day 16 section. So in reality, day sixteen produced a cat and a fish – nothing to create, and a strange arrangement of the fish being larger than the proud cat, kitten, dog and bird already obtained from the calendar. The fish, in fact, is about 2/3 the height of the Lego people!

Lego cat and fish

In the City calendar, my son created a race car – so obviously his theme is vehicles with a train, two planes, a boat, a fire truck and a race car to date.

Lego racing car for day 16

Have you developed a collection within a set of an advent calendar?

Days nine and ten of advent calendars

It feels like December has just started, and yet we have opened ten advent calendar flaps already! But the excitement is building and there is so much Christmas everywhere.

Lego Friends calendar

So after a few rocky days, the Friends calendar has redeemed itself in our house with the dog sled and shelter, thank goodness. So let’s find out what was hiding behind flaps nine and ten…

My daughter was quite happy to find a little bird and to make a pretty stand for it to perch on. She is getting quite a collection of animals from this year’s advent calendar!

Lego bird on a fancy stand

Grandma came to visit from the City calendar with a sled…

On day ten, she got two microphones and a microphone stand – and immediately wanted to put on a concert for us all.

Lego Stephanie at a microphone stand

Lego City calendar

On day nine, the Lego City calendar produced a snow machine! As Australians, we aren’t so used to snow machinery so my children first thought this was a snow clearing machine.

Lego snow machine from the City advent calendar

My son was surprised and happy to find that day ten’s flap hid a second plane – a jet plane according to him, and I let him hold onto that idea…

yellow Lego plane

Making a child happy!

We have some good friends who have a 2 year old son. His was the first Christmas present we bought this year – we saw it months ago and grabbed it on the spot for him.

On the weekend, we saw our friends and gave their son his gift. It was a little barn (made out of fabric like a small tent) with 8 soft animals (4 pairs of mother and baby). He wasn’t overly excited when it opened and I set up the barn for him, but he then played with his animals happily.

We all left together to go to carols by candlelight – and the barn came with us. One determined two year would not let go of his barn in the car or walking from the car to the park where we had carols, and likewise to go back to the car! He did put it down to run around the park and eat a doughnut, but we got the message that he loved his new barn and animals.

That is the sort of reaction we love when giving a present!

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