99: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2015

It’s that time of year, again! Get the all new LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar for 2015! You do not want to be left out in the cold when this sells out.

This is the brand new 2015 version!

  • Open a window every day to reveal 24 different LEGO Star Wars themed gifts; features 5 minifigures and 2 holiday-themed Droids
  • Vehicles include Jabba’s Sail Barge, Sand crawler, Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, A-wing Starfighter and a sleigh
  • Also features an Ewok weapon rack, catapult, gun turret, blaster rack and Hoth command post
  • Play out fun LEGO Star Wars scenes on the fold-out playmat
  • Makes a great festive gift for humans and Sith Lords everywhere

Our family has enjoyed the LEGO Advent Calendars for many years. With 2 children, we decided that the kid with an even birthday gets the even numbers, the odd birthday with the odd. That has served us well! The great thing about the number 24 is it has a lot of factors! The tricky bit might be if you have 5, 7, or 9 kids, and at that point, you might just want to buy 2 calendars or offer special incentives to claim the remainder days.

If you start preparing for Christmas gradually now,
you will be able to relax and enjoy the holidays!

In case LEGO Star Wars isn’t your thing, here are a few different themed calendars:

77: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2011

 You will not want to miss out on this. It’s very hard to find! Luckily, we purchased ours at the LEGO Store in Orlando last month.

I think the highlight of this Advent calendar is the Yoda Santa Claus! Yep. Your Star Wars fans, young and old, will love this Christmas activity!

Click here to order yours today!

69: Collecting Christmas Tree Ornaments

Collecting Christmas tree ornaments is a fun hobby that anyone can manage. Our family collects ornaments from family vacations. We have a lot of Disney ornaments, in particular. Do you collect ornaments, and if you do, do you have a theme? Here’s a list of some interesting themes if you want to start collecting.

  • Disney – anything Mickey-related
  • Family Vacations
  • Homemade – knitting, crocheting, tatting, cross-stitch, carved, painted
  • Super Heroes – logos, colors, miniatures
  • Lego – a variation on homemade ornaments
  • Music – instruments, symbols
  • Heritage – Irish, German, Russian, Norwegian, etc.
  • Nature – pinecones, cranberries, feather ornaments, birds
  • Collectibles – Waterford, Swarovski, Kinkade, Lenox, etc.
  • Kids – paper chains, dough ornaments, etc.
  • Collegiate – if you want a Crimson Tide tree, here’s your chance
  • Color theme – specific color palette
  • Style theme – Victorian, ’50s, Country, Modern
  • Photo theme – frame ornaments
  • Children’s books – mini-books, characters, decoupage balls

There are certainly many more Christmas tree themes out there. If yours isn’t on this list, post it in a comment! We all love to hear new ideas! Ornaments make great Christmas gifts, too!

Great photo courtesy of Monica D. (CosmoPolitician)

84: Nativity Scenes for Kids

One of the most meaningful experiences for children at Christmas is listening to the Christmas story told by their parents and setting up the nativity scene or crèche. This is a great activity for the family as each child can have characters to put in the scene themselves as the story is told. If the kids can read, print out the story and assign everyone a verse to read aloud. For the greatest impact, this activity should be repeated several times throughout the season. It’s a great bedtime story and emphasizes the meaning of Christmas. We can all get a little carried away and distracted by decorating, gift-buying, baking, and events, so before the kids get completely out of control with Christmas craziness, have your nativity set ready to go with the Christmas story printed out and ready to go.

Our top pick for older kids is to make your own scene with LEGOs! You can find instructions here. If you need to order extra pieces, like golden yellow wine glasses for the camel’s wobbly knees, go to The Official LEGO Shop: The best selection of LEGO bricks in the world!

Our top pick for younger kids is the Little People Christmas Story Nativity Scene Playset. Any child would enjoy playing with this adorable nativity set!

Celebrate a special day, from long ago and far away. Place the angel on the stable and the star lights up to guide the wise men from afar and the tune “Away in a Manger” plays. Two fence pieces connect to the stable and to the other Little People playsets. Children love retelling the Christmas story through play, and with a charming set of their very own, they might leave your holiday collectibles alone! Requires 3 “AA” batteries (not included).

Some other sets available include:

There’s one for every family’s style! Please feel free to add to this list in the comments!

Wikipedia article on Nativity Scenes

86: LEGO Advent Calendar

Now is the time to think about an Advent calendar before they are snatched up!  Let’s take a look at the LEGO City Advent Calendar 2008 ($29.99 at Amazon.)

24 days of LEGO® fun!
Includes 10 minifigures!

Celebrate 24 days of festive building with the 2008 LEGO City Advent Calendar! This all-new holiday set includes lots of minifigures and accessories, all leading up to the biggest model of all on the last day. A wonderful gift for any LEGO builder or the whole family to enjoy!

  • Each day open a new window in the specially designed Advent Calendar box!
  • Includes 24 city-themed surprises for the season, including LEGO minifigures, accessories and more!

At the LEGO website, you can find the 2008 calendar and every other LEGO product including many hard-to-find items. They also have some incredible deals (up to 50% off!) that change often. It’s definitely worth a look. After you browse the bargains, shop the LEGO Star Wars Collection

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87: RoboChristmas ’08 – Top 5 Robotic Toys

Robots are hot! If you don’t want to chance a huge disappointment, you will need to let Santa know about these gifts early! Some of these toys are for the techno-tyke, and others are pure fun for everyone!

First on our list is Fisher-Price’s Elmo Live. This lovable character is sure to please the preschooler in your life!

In this truly life-like creation, for the first time ever, Elmo seems to actually be speaking as his mouth opens and closes just like the real muppet, Elmo, from Sesame Street. His mannerisms are right on target as his head bobbles back and forth as he speaks. He waves his arms, sits and stands, even crosses his legs all the while telling stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games. Children can activate the magic with a tickle or a squeeze of Elmo’s foot, tummy, back or nose.

Scheduled for release on November 1 for about $60,  Elmo won’t be hanging around on any store shelves. Click-through and pre-order him today!

Playskool’s Kota My Triceratops Dinosaur is the priciest toy on the list at $299.99, and also possibly the hottest.

Kindle your child’s curiosity for prehistoric creatures and make-believe adventures with his very own life-sized baby dinosaur. You may have seen “talking” and “moving” toys before, but chances are your dino-loving toddler has never seen a prehistoric “pet” that comes to “life” with realistic electronic sounds and motion. It’s fossil-sized fun standing just over three feet tall. A hidden handle helps kids hold on once they climb onto the dinosaur’s back. Realistic stomping sounds add to the make-believe fun as kids bounce in place on the spring seat. Talk to KOTA the Triceratops and he roars back with expressive tail, head, eye, mouth and horn movements. Hold out your hand and KOTA “sniffs” it! In fact, it’s easy to trigger all of his sensitive spots – try tickling his belly or chin to make KOTA “laugh”. And when you think this pretend dinosaur has worked up an appetite, be sure to “feed” KOTA his leafy snack – it really sounds like he’s munching on it! Four different adventure-themed tunes set the mood for your child’s wild imagination as he embarks on a dino-filled daydream. But don’t worry! A convenient volume control switch lets you adjust the level or turn it off. KOTA the Triceratops may look thick-skinned, but just one stroke on his scaly-like fabric “hide” will prove he’s really a soft and snuggable playmate who’s ready for all of your child’s dino-roarin’ escapades. Dinosaur figure comes with leafy snack and instructions.

This prehistoric preschool pleaser is available on October 13, but you can pre-order today!

At slot number three, we have the cuddly puppy, Fur Real Friends’ Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup.

Playtime is going to the dogs and this playful pooch is leading the charge! The lovable mutt features voice recognition, obeying six commands, including, “Sit,” “Speak,” and “Lie down.” Tell your furry friend to give you his paw and he’ll raise his right or left paw! Ask him if he wants a treat, and he’ll nod and whimper to let you know he’s ready for his dog ‘bone’. Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup pet will even ‘shake’ at your command, lifting his paw to your hand, or ‘sit up and beg’ just like a real pup! Feed him his dog ‘bone’ and he’ll sniff it before ‘chomping’ away on it. Moving his head and ears and even blinking his eyes, this sweet sidekick is sure to become your new best friend. Biscuit My Lovin’ Pup pet wags his tail and barks, too, to let you know he’s ready to play! Use the special adoption certificate to register your pet online and ensure that you and this adorable pup will be friends forever! Pup pet comes with collar, tag, brush, dog ‘bone’ and adoption certificate.

Biscuit is in stock now for just under $200, so order early!

This next one is a favorite of ours! The LEGO Mindstorms NXT is sure to delight the technology fans and do-it-yourselfers at your house.

The next generation of robots! Create the smartest, strongest and most advanced LEGO robot ever, in as few as 30 minutes! The new NXT Intelligent Brick, your robot’s “brain,” features a powerful 32-bit microprocessor and more memory, plus support for USB 2.0, Bluetooth and more! A highly versatile palette of LEGO Technic elements combines with state-of-the-art ultrasonic, sound, light and touch sensors in the next generation of intuitive robotics. With included Quick-Start guide, easy-to-use software and step-by-step building instructions, beginners and experts alike can create humanoid, vehicle and animal robots that obey every command! Improved light sensors can detect different colors and intensities, while the new sound sensor enables robots to respond to sound patterns and tones. Robots can really “feel” with improved touch sensors, while ultrasonic “eyes” measure distance and movement. Programming software is now available for both PC and Macintosh, plus with Bluetooth support, you can even command your robot from your mobile phone!

This bounty of LEGO bits is in stock now and available for $249.99. Buy today and get free super-saver shipping!

And last, but not least, the HexBug Robot- Collection of 5 robotic creatures packs a lot of punch in tiny packages!

Tiny, Intelligent, Obedient. A Micro-Robotic HEXBUG is an tiny, intelligent, and obedient insect that you can control. Bump Feeler Sensors help it avoid obstacles while roaming on its own. You can help guide the Hex Bug during adventures by clapping or making noise to have it backup and change direction. Crawling Bug Bump Sensor Feelers – help it avoid obstacles Changes Direction – clapping or making noise Fits In Your Hand Batteries Included Five Different Colors: Pink Blue Green Yellow Orange.

These little guys will certainly entertain your little ones, and are in stock now and on sale for $49. You can also get individual HexBugs for about $10-11 a piece. These small-but-smart robots will be gone before you know it, so get one, or five, today!