Christmas Eve has arrived.
Santa has visited early this year, and has brought a Lego Advent calendar. There are 24 little numbered doors, each containing a dime bag of Legos. There’s a new toy or doodad to build every day, which, in turn, builds anticipation for Christmas.
I will build these and attempt to discern what they are.
December 24: Santa and His Carrot
Who could have predicted it? I mean, sure, anyone who’s seen the end of the Macy’s Parade knows what’s happening at the end—but the carrot?
You can’t dis Santa. Even if he’s about to put a root vegetable in your stocking.
Ease of Build ★★★★★
It doesn’t take an entire workshop of elves to make a Santa. He went together pretty easily.
I feel like I’ll be pushing the boundaries of the naughty list if I get too deep into this, but I can’t really get past the carrot. Is it for the reindeer? Because there are no reindeer in the kit…his sleigh can be powered by either a Space Tractor or Gift Horse/pony. Maybe a pony would like a carrot. I have no idea how ponies work. The fact that December 19th’s Apple Guy brought us an enormous fruit makes me wonder if this is some kind of “food pyramid” logic to offset the Embarrassed Bellhop with a Pastry and Pastry Altar from before. I think my grandfather may have typically gotten an orange for Christmas when he was a kid, so maybe there’s some congruent old European/Legoland tradition where good boys and girls got carrots and the rest got the plague. A lot of the Santa mythos doesn’t rely entirely on reward: there are also the Krampus types who dole out punishment. If you give this Santa the urchin’s crutch (an extra part from the ICW Marker 39 toy), he wields both the carrot and the stick.
Extra Parts ★★★☆☆
This kit comes with one extra Santa beard and a spare bunch of carrot greens.
I’m happy that Santa Claus is coming to town. I may do a more thorough recap on this whole experience later (or not), but for now, thanks for reading. Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Sailing Fortuitous.