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Lego Advent Calendars For 1998, 2006 & 2020 Completed.

by Anura Guruge


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The 1998 (very 1st Lego advent) to the left & 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) to the right.


The 1998  now on the right & 2020 on the LEFT.


You can see how they have evolved.

The very 1st, in 1998, was CLASSIC lego (of the time), CUTE & simple. They didn’t have many ‘shapes’/’models’. There were at least 5 planes.

By 2006 they had got more sophisticated. Of the three, that is probably the best.

2020 is just cheap & tacky.

We have 6 others too! Smile.


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Lego Advent Calendars Have NOT Got Better For The Years.

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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.

 


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2020 Advent Calendars — 4 In Total; 1 Wood, 3 Lego & For The 1st Time Ever, NO Chocolate!

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Well, COVID has prevented us from doing most things we do around the holidays — NO eating out & saddest of all, NO ‘Revels’. So, I kind of opted to go go all out on the Advent calendar front — albeit, for the 1st time in memory with NO chocolate calendars. Typically, somebody, who we will not name gets two chocolate calendars. This year none.

Instead, I got her the wooden heirloom one. It matches her room quite nicely. She likes it. I had to get ANOTHER jewelry advent calendar and use its contents to fill the drawers. So, I guess I got 5 calendars — actually 6 if I include one I got for a 6-year old relative.

Getting this year’s Lego advent was NOT easy. Amazon would ONLY offer delivery after Christmas. So, I had to make a trip to the local Kohl’s to get one.

I got the 2006 & 1998 on eBay. The 1998 one, the very 1st, is cool. Looks so different to the ones we are now used to.

She had 6 Lego Advent calendars prior to this. Now she has 9. SMILE.

Merry Christmas.


The 2019 Advent Calendars.


The prior 6.
Two are decorations that went up
on the tree.


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A Sad End To A 27-Year Old Christmas Tradition — No More Legos Under The Tree.

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Last Christmas Lego
— ‘Ship in a Bottle’ —

2018


Recent Christmas Legos
from just the last 5 years.


There are built Lego sets all over the house.


No, it wasn’t an oversight or accident. I had been very (and painfully) aware of it for over a month! I knew that I was not getting any Legos for Christmas — for the first time in 27-years!

Of course I thought about getting one just to keep the tradition alive. But, last year, Teischan (13) was quite emphatic that she was ONLY building the Lego — a very cute ‘Ship in a Bottle’ — to please I. So, I was NOT going to push my luck and get another set for her this year. I can be quite considerate when I try.

Yes, of course, I could have got one for myself. And therein lies another problem. I did that a few years ago … bought this kit (below) … for quite a pretty penny and I still haven’t built it. And NO I will not sell it or give it away. I do NOT make New Year’s resolutions BUT this coming year I am going to build this puppy. You wait and see. It will be FUN. I have a problem. It is big. Over 2′. I have no place to display it. The problems I have in life.


So, end of 27-years.

Yes, 4 kids, all of whom, at one time or another were into Lego — yes, of course, aided and abetted by I. There were stages when they genuinely loved Lego, independent of Dad, and asked for Lego. Well, they have all got older.

Yes, I thought about getting Lego for other kids and of course I have done that. But, not the same as having Lego under your own tree or in our case, trees.

Well, life goes on. In the scheme of things this is not major. Just an end of a tradition.

P.S., I still got Lego this year — the Lego

Ship in a Bottle

tradition

Christmas tradition

. She still wants that, and has already told me that I better get her the 2020 too. So, all is NOT lost.


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The 2019 Chocolate Advent Calendar #1 Is Done, Dusted & Was In The Trash!

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I guess Christmas must be around the corner. I found this in the trash — unceremoniously thrown away, crushed and all. Guess it is DONE. All 24 chocolates consumed.

The other two 2019 Advent Calendars fare better in that they are not edible.

She will put away the 2019 Lego calendar with care to add to the 5 sets from prior years. Then she will bring it out next year — and I have already been told that she wants a Lego 2020 Advent calendar. I will keep you posted.

Merry Christmas.


The 2019 Advent Calendars.


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All 3 2019 Christmas Trees Are Now Lit — Big 2 Still Need To Be Decorated.

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They will look much better when fully decorated. That will be in the next two days. Today was just the lights.

The little, artificial tree is decorated but has new ornaments added daily — partly because the 2019 Lego ‘Friends Advent Calendar’ is doing tree ornaments this year.

I will keep you posted.


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Happy Advent 2019.

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Somebody Already Setup & Ready For Advent 2019 — Hours Ahead Of December.

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Advent 2019 Guruge household


There are 5 Lego Advent calendars here — 4 set-up and the 5th, which was tree decorations, already hung on the tree. This represents the last 5 years worth of Lego advent calendars. At 13 I thought, mistakenly, that she wouldn’t want a Lego and instead would want an ‘adult’ one (e.g., jewelry).

I was WRONG. I was told off in no uncertain terms. She claims she is not too old. So, of course, I got her one. And an jewelry one — and a chocolate one. Actually two, one for the 19-year old too. She doesn’t do Advent!


2019 Advent.
SMILE.

2019 advent Lego calendar


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The First 2019 Christmas Trees In Place (Partially Lit) — 8 Days Earlier Than Last Year; Two More To Go.

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She has an even SMALLER one on her desk.



Teischan (12), unashamedly, lives for Christmas — and has for most of her life, once she worked out what it was all about.

She starts talking about Christmas in September!

When she was younger we could dictate as to when preparations for Christmas would come. But, starting last year she has taken matters into her own hands. When she was little we waited until at least the first week of December before we started.

For the last couple of years she can do it ALL without help. She can — and will — put out all the lights by herself.

She knows where HER artificial tree is stored and can go get it and set it up by herself.

Last year she set it up on November 17. The previous year it was November 27. At this rate she will have her tree up in October of next year!

She still has to wait for us to get the real trees. But, she will start nagging soon.


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The Advent Is Here — Lego “Friends” 2018 Calendar.

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Yes, I did get the LegoFriends” 2018 Advent Calendar. It would have been a shame to break what had been a 4-year tradition. I did not give it to her till this morning. She was surprised. She had assumed she would not be getting one this year as she was too old. Well, that was a treat. But, I have warned her that this could be IT. The box clearly says ‘6 – 12’ and she will be 13 next Advent.

Different to the other Lego calendars. No scene to set up. Each gift is a Christmas ornament for a tree. See last image. It was a red heart that you have to assemble. So, each day a new ornament to make. She likes it. LUCKILY her personal Christmas tree was up. So, that was perfect. They could go straight up on that.

So that is what the 2018 Lego Advent Calendar looks like.

 


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