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

by Anura Guruge


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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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Advent 2018 Is Nearly Upon Us.

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It is Friday, November 30, 2018, and Teischan (12) is all set for the Advent. She has been counting the days for weeks! This afternoon she set up her old advent calendars from years past — along with the two, from this year, containing chocolates.

I got her a real nice wooden advent calendar today BUT, alas, she didn’t like it! So, I have put it up for sale. She, however, wants the money.


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The Advent Is Upon Us, And 6 Advent Calendars Join The First Christmas Tree For 2017.

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IF the truth be told, I would have to confess that I do have a ‘thing’ for Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice and fancy one shaped like a Cathedral.

So, this is living vicariously, I guess. I have been getting her a Lego Advent Calendar each year for the last … you got it … 4-years. She was NOT expecting one this year. So, that came as a big surprise for her. She is redecorating her room and doesn’t have places to put them all.

The 2 chocolate calendars is also a tradition. One was never enough. So, I give her two. It is not like I spoil her.


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Yesterday Having Been “Gaudete Sunday” Per The Advent Calendar, Let Me Share With You “Gaudete” At Its Best.

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Think of this as one of my Christmas presents to YOU.

Rejoice.

Gaudete” the hymn was supposed to be sung in churches yesterday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

But, let me PLEASE share with YOU the BEST ever rendition of “Gaudete” — along with the lyrics in Latin and English.

This is ‘Maddy Prior‘ with ‘Steeleye Span‘ from the 1970s. I was (still am I guess) a ‘Steeleye Span‘ groupie. I have heard, live, Maddy perform this over 25 times!

So, without further ado, please sit back, turn the volume up, enjoy & REJOICE.


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LEGO Sopwith Camel x2 (#3451)

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As I mentioned in this post I am a HUGE fan of LEGO and have been for nearly 25 years — i.e., since Danielle was about 2 years old. I would buy BIG fancy LEGO kits and build them for her — and I remember this really great (and large) Miami Police Boat — while she watched. All 4 kids went onto become LEGO aficionados — with I ever happy to aid their interest. Devanee and Teischan are still into LEGO — Teischan right now making her daily advent calendar (for 2015). I like LEGO too — though in my old age I don’t indulge that often and only do BIG kits.

Well, as I describe in detail in this post, I was very FORTUNATE to get an UNOPENED LEGO Sopwith Camel (#3451) kit at the 2009 ‘Alton Town Wide Yard Sale‘ for $3! As I pointed out I did intimate to the lady that it was a collectible BUT she was HAPPY to get rid of it for $3. Well unopened kits were selling on eBay, at the time, for ~$250 and Deanna wanted me to list it. That never happened. I built it and it had pride of place in our semi-formal sitting room.

About 6 weeks ago Teischan who was trying to measure the length of the wall (in that room) knocked it off its perch and it broke into about 400 pieces. Pieces were all over and given ALL the heavy furniture in that room we knew that we would not be able to find them all!

I was devastated. I was not happy. Checked eBay. Unopened boxes were now going for $450. I was NOT going to pay that much. Found two ‘kits in pieces‘ — both around $90 each. I only needed one to get me the pieces I was missing. But being who I am I could NOT resist getting BOTH — so that I could have two MODELS. Remember what I have said about myself before. I have a great will power, I can resist ANYTHING but TEMPTATION.

So we ended up with three kits in pieces, and I still had the instruction book (and box — with the $3 sticker) from my original. Given that she broke it and she is quite a proficient LEGOist I coerced Teischan into trying to build one of them for me. She, to her credit, persevered for days. But this puppy is very finicky to say the least — and it does say 12+, and Teischan is still 9.

In the end I built them. One of the kits, from e-bay, was 70 assembled. So that was pretty easy.

So now I have two Sopwith Camels and a box full of spare parts. I haven’t checked to see how much I can build with the leftover parts. Maybe I could build a CRASHED Camel!

Well, one Camel is back in the sitting room and I have the other on ONE of my TOY SHELVES. Yes, MY TOY shelves. I have about 6 of those with genuine toys. Unlike other adults I can’t afford ADULT toys. All I can are old kids toys and that amuses I.


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Spare pieces for the ‘Crashed Camel’.


Advent 2015 Is Upon Us. Rejoice!

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As a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen I LOVE Christmas and always have. I love everything about Christmas — and I have even been known to go to church on Christmas eve because I love the music and pageantry.

My surrogate father [who I called ‘Ta’ (the first two letters of ‘Tatta’, the Sinhalese (and Yiddish) word for father), and after who I take after the most in terms of personality] was a mainly-white, Burgher Baptist. I used to spend all my weekends and holidays with them — he and his wife (my adoptive mother’s older sister). They had no children and he was a lawyer (the solicitor for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) and she the Deputy Principal of Ceylon’s largest and most prestigious school. I MADE OUT LIKE A BANDIT. I was to learn that Ta shopped right through the year to make sure he got enough presents for me at Christmas! Very early on WE dispensed with Christmas stockings. They were too small. He instituted the notion of Christmas PILLOWCASES — and soon we had to have two. He also did an elaborate Christmas dinner, with all the works, for the entire family — most of whom were Buddhists — on Christmas Day. So I was inculcated into the joys of Christmas since a baby.

Anywho …

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Similar to what I had. Mine had more blue.

I am also very partial to Advent calendars — ever since I encountered them. For whatever reason we did not have them in Ceylon. To be honest I only encountered Advent calendars quite ‘late’ in my life. In my early 20s. Over the years I used to collect fancy Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice, royal blue and gold, 3D Cathedral one. You opened a portal each day. I think we have bits of it still. But since it was made of stiff paper it eventually started to fall apart.

Of late I don’t bother with a calendar for myself. More fun to let the kids enjoy. Yes, I get them — and Deanna — chocolate ones. I buy a LOT of them each year because I LOVE to give them to people. That reminds me. I will have to go to Hannaford and buy 20 – 25 today! Well, the kids end up getting two each. And one for Deanna. So that is 5 straight off the bat. And at Christmas I love to play the tanned St. Nicholas …

A couple of years ago I discovered the LEGO Advent Calendars. Now I get one each year for Teischan. See above.

Given my interest in religion (in particular early Christianity) I do appreciate that what WE mainly celebrate as Advent is the COMMERCIAL Advent as opposed to the Liturgical Advent. And ironically Advent isn’t a countdown to Christmas BUT to the Second Coming of Christ — and there is  BIG difference. Liturgically the Advent does not start on Dec. 1 (unless it happens to fall on a Sunday). Never mind. This year we are close.

Rejoice. Enjoy. Be Merry. The Advent is upon us. 


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