My first thought is "What is an Advent Calendar?" Sure, maybe I live in a box. I’m somewhat specific about what I know a lot about. For example, I know far more about the Star Wars universe than about what’s going on in our nation right now. Sad, but true. Don't we have a new president or something?
So, I’m looking at this thing and the kid part of me is going "Cool! Legos!!!" and the adult part of me is wearing a giant question mark.
So I hit Wikipedia. Apparently an Advent Calendar is "…a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content."
Here’s the picture on Wikipedia:
Okay. We have Santa and a bunch of happy looking people hangin' out in a house...
Grrrrrr!!!!!So then I look at the Lego Advent Calendar set. Well, it doesn't actually assemble into a calendar. There are siege weapons, a pissed-off looking wizard, and some sort of wall piece with a skull emblem and big blades attached to it.
My mind goes to "Perhaps this is how they celebrated Christmas during the Crusades?"
Obviously more research was required. So back I go to Wikipedia to look up the definition of Advent:
"Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas."
Okay... No mention of mean wizards or weapons of destruction...
Have yourself a blade-filled little Christmas
So, while I can't reconcile the disparities between a real Advent Calendar and the 2008 Lego Advent Calendar set, I can at least acknowledge that its pretty cool. While medieval weaponry and dark magic don't say "Merry Christmas!" to everyone, there are some kids out there that will have a blast with this set.
Simply replace the Nativity with a chest of treasure and a creepy spider: voila! Instant Christmas... sort'a.
Nothing says Christmas like a giant spider...
To be fair, this is just the current version of Lego's Advent Calendar set; a different rendition is released each year. The 2007 set (Belville) at least featured Christmas-themed items such as a wreath and a festive looking little tree.
A wreath from the 2007 Lego Advent Calendar set. Much less lethal than a giant sword...
I guess my whole point is that this year's Lego Advent Calendar set just isn't in the Christmas spirit. Or maybe it is... if you're into Renaissance Fairs and such.
But these are still Legos. And Legos rule.
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