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Got 3 this year: 1998 (very 1st Lego advent), 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) & 2020 (this year).
Older ones … 2 are Advent ornaments, HUNG on tree.
Having 3 side-by-side sure gave us a chance to compare how Lego advent calendars have evolved since they introduced the first one in 1998.
And the answer is NOT very well.
The 2020 is cheap & chintzy with very little appeal.
The 1998 is CUTE but you can see how dated it is.
Lego basically has been cutting costs.
Yes, the new ones come with a MAT. Even in 2006 there was NO mat.
But, another sign of the times. C’est la vie.