Keeping the ho ho ho in holiday

Published by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 08:52 AM

Who was telling you way back in 2007 to chill out and lower the pressure of the holidays? I was JOMO before it was cool:

Holiday resolutions

and

My holiday wish for you

This year my 17-year-old and I are having a song advent. For the month of December, leading up to Christmas, every day we take turns giving each other a new song. Then, we dance. New tradition: Advent dance party.

This was a spur-of-the-moment thing and it has been so great. New music? Yes! Daily dance party? Yes! And at the end of the month, we’re going to burn our 24 songs onto DVDs and enjoy them all year long.

Every year the younger son and I do the LEGO advent calendar. (Older son bowed out some years ago when he got “too old.” The younger son and I will apparently never be too old.)

I don’t know if you’ve ever done the LEGO advent calendar, but it can be a little … how shall I say this … non-festive. LEGO thinks escaped convicts are normal holiday fare. Also, firemen. Some years you don’t get a Santa at all; other years, you get naked Santa:

Thanks, LEGO. That’s not at all disturbing. Is he wearing a thong? Not an improvement.

This year we decided to make each other our own custom LEGO advent calendar. The boy’s been getting a “knights’ Christmas party” that I put together but he went above and beyond and made me custom LEGO minifigs from some of my favorite Christmas movies.

Dudley from The Bishop’s Wife:

Is that Cary Grant or what?! Also from The Bishop’s Wife, Henry and the model of his cathedral:

Capturing David Niven’s moustache in LEGO. Plus the cathedral has stained-glass windows — this photo doesn’t do it justice.

From A Christmas Story, dream-sequence Ralphie:

And of course:

Flick? Flick who?

Finally, an important scene from another classic Christmas movie:

Before you judge me for considering Die Hard a Christmas movie, let alone watching it annually, remember — it doesn’t matter what your traditions are, just that you’re having a great time with the ones you love.

And if you break out into dance, even better.

Happy holidays from me to you!

xoxoxoxoxoxo

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24 comments

Comment by amyiannone on December 17, 2013 at 09:59 AM

Love your traditions...really dislike that Santa!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

;D

Comment by jenml on December 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Where do I start?! Love so much.
Also- Merry Christmas to that last guy O.O
Stinks to lose your hand on Christmas. Crime really doesn't pay.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

one-handed lenny is also allergic to dogs. poor him.

Comment by BakedAK on December 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

OMG! Nearly Naked Santa! Speechless. (and you know that's saying something!)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

hahaha

Comment by amy21 on December 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

We did the city advent calendar the year we got Santa in a shower. More than once, I had to clean up my husband's set-ups (involving the mom, dad, and that shower) before the kids got up in the morning. Yeah, thanks for that, Lego. :-)

LOVE the Christmas Story set-ups!!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 

i wish i had room to show ALL the advent gifts he’s made for me! they’re all so great. :)

and re: the shower, oh my. ;o)

Comment by Kerry on December 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Die Hard is totally a Christmas movie. :)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

i know!!! ;D

Comment by ThisRedhead on December 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Ha ha! I LOVE the Flick one. Nice!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 07:15 PM

hahaha — he nailed it!

Comment by janet on December 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM

that thong wearin' santa is so, so wrong. tmi, santa. tmi.

lori, happy christmas. you've changed my life more than anyone else i don't know irl. and that's a lot of people!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 17, 2013 at 07:16 PM

<3 <3 thank you SO much, janet!!! <3 <3

Comment by shelli : mamaof... on December 18, 2013 at 09:31 AM

Love it! Merry Christmas!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM

to you, too! :)

Comment by K Pybus on December 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Die Hard to So a Christmas movie as is Long Kiss Goodnight

Lovely lego photos

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM

;o)

Comment by Molly on December 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM

I'd call him Sumo Santa! This is the first year we've splurged on a Lego advent calendar, partly because I fear my son will soon feel too old for one. But then again, maybe not. I might have to steal your custom advent calendar idea. love it!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 18, 2013 at 08:23 PM

 

hahaha, i’ve *seen* sumo outfits and they sport a bit more fabric. ;o)

the custom calendar has worked great — i highly recommend it!

Comment by zisforzen on December 19, 2013 at 08:47 PM

I can't wait to show this to Z! I made him a Lego advent calendar this year too made up from a stash I got for $20 on kijiji. But to do a theme or a scene would be soooooooo much cooler. And with all the making in our house for gifts Z seemed to internalize that and had told me I couldn't come into his workshop for days because he was working on making a custom Avengers set for me for Christmas. I saw the unveiling two days ago (guess he decided Christmas came early for mommy) and it was indeed epic. I took pics and hopefully will get around to sending them to you to add to the kids project blog (is that still going?).

Anyways, thanks for sharing - so cool!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 20, 2013 at 09:24 AM

that sounds so awesome! :D

crafting up the LEGO advent for each other has been so, so great — we have srsly enjoyed every single day plus the whole process of planning & etc. too fun. :)

Comment by Sara on December 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

This is great! We have been doing the Lego Advent calendar for the last few years and ... yeah ... not always joyous and festive. This year's highlight so far is a hot dog stand ...?

I love your idea here.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 20, 2013 at 09:26 AM

lol i saw all the hotdogs and kerchiefs from this year’s calendar… ;o)

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