I’m a firm believer that the holiday season seems to creep into our lives sooner and sooner each year. Though many are delighted to lean into it, I reserve myself to celebrate Christmas only after Turkey day has passed. Now that it has, I think it’s fair to put up the tree. This year I might take after builder Peter Carmichael and go with a fancy, fake one. The secret to a good plastic tree is the texture of the bristly branches, which the builder has achieved with a ton of three-pronged stem pieces. Subtle but elegant decorations of gold keys and white garland with lights give character to the tree. Capping it off is a delightful, translucent blue snowflake.
The tantalizing pile of presents awakens the curious child in many of us. Drawing our eye down from the tree, the colorful assortment of packages and toys is surrounded by a pleasant, moving miniature train. The tracks are achieved with partially loose bricks, which hide the opening for the mechanism for the train’s motion. Attached to a central axis moved by a motor, the beautiful yet straightforward train makes a delightful path around the gifts as its tiny stack pumps out steam and smoke.
Talk about an enviable tree. This would make a wonderful display for a small room or apartment, bringing character, motion, and holiday spirit. Though the season is about the spirit of giving, I’m sure all of us LEGO lovers are looking forward to Santa’s visit. I’ll personally be shaking every package I get.