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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.
Yes, another Christmas present. This one for her sister.
This was her FIRST foray with clay. I had no idea she was working with clay. This blew me away. She could easily sell these. They are so cute. But, she refuses to sell. Money does not motivate her!
The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2020 Broadcast
— on YouTube.
The Queen, at 94, still looking resplendent & in CHARGE.
I am so HAPPY.
As ever it was and inspirational.
My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.
ENJOY. SAVOR. RELISH.
Search “Queen Christmas”
The whole sneaker is hand painted by you know who — 14-years old. First time. She knew she could do it. Got the mother to buy her a pair of white sneakers. Painted them. They are a Christmas present to the mother. How special.
I am sure she could sell such sneakers at quite a price. Not interested. Will NOT part with her work. Has to stay in the house. She has only made one exception. For a friend of mine who was dying from cancer.
What can I say other than that I feel blessed. She gets better by the month. This picture is blinking beautiful. It is already up on the wall. We all, as has been the custom for the last 4-5 years, got amazing works of art by her.
This was last year.
Just a FEW pictures for the record. This blog has become our organic diary. We all know we can go check, pictorially, what important things happened on any given day. Actually quite a record. 7-pictures, everyday, WITHOUT FAIL, for 6 odd (& very odd) years or so. You should try it.
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There would have been one in 2004
IF NOT for it having been a Leap Year.
Christmas, per the name ‘LEAP’,
jumped over Friday & took place on Saturday.
Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Friday was in 2015 — 5-years ago.
6-year gaps are common. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday.
This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.
The 5-year gap comes about when we have had TWO leap years, e.g., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.
Next year, i.e., 2021, it falls on a Saturday — BUT the Friday, Christmas Eve will be a holiday.
Just a snapshot. A collage. NOT COMPREHENSIVE. Much more, BUT I haven’t got around to capturing it all.
Yes, we still have 3 Christmas trees, BUT for the first time in 14-years ONLY one is real. Two fake! Yikes. NOT my decision. But, someone — & we will not name names — wanted a PINK Christmas tree. Hard to find a real Christmas tree that is pink. SMILE.
Two Santa villages. 10 Advent calendars.
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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.