Lego Advent Calendar: Day 23

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Today is the perfect day to read my short story, What If Nothing Happens This Christmas.

There are only 2 items left in this calendar. One of them is Santa. Santa will pop out of the calendar tomorrow. That’s a sure thing.

As such, if I’m going to get a Mrs. Claus in this calendar, today is the day.

Will she appear? (Hint: No.)

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Lego Advent Calendar: Day 21

Happy Winter! It’s the first day of Winter, which is strange because in Eastern Pennsylvania, we’ve already had three snow storms this month, and today it’s going to be 60-degrees. Calling this Winter is like calling a bald guy “Curly” or calling live-action fairy tale remakes “good.”

Today’s item is great. Of course it is. This entire calendar is great! Continue reading Lego Advent Calendar: Day 21

Lego Advent Calendar: Day 20

I make a Christmas card every year and send it out to the people who are lucky. Last year’s card, pictured below, looks like the poster for the new Joaquin Phoenix movie called Her. If Joaquin (which I pronounce as Jokin’) had a full beard and was sans shirt, I might take legal action.

Here’s a picture of the card…

And here’s the inside…

This year’s card is more of a think-piece. I’ll share it with you at another time.

Let’s rip open day 20 of the calendar! Continue reading Lego Advent Calendar: Day 20

Lego Advent Calendar: Day 18

By this time next week, the Lego Calendar will be empty. That’s sad. I am genuinely sad about it.

I’m surprised at how fantastic this year’s calendar has been. From Mickey “Two Mugs” to the Omega Trophy, nearly everything has been great. If I got a Mrs. Claus at this point, I might just burst into pure Christmas energy.

But before I send a flowery letter of thanks to the Lego Headquarters, let’s see what the remainder of the calendar offers. Today’s item is… Continue reading Lego Advent Calendar: Day 18

Lego Advent Calendar: Day 17

I wrote a short story about Santa Claus called What If Nothing Happens This Christmas. You can read and/or download it here!

The story was originally much shorter, and darker. In the original version, the story contained only the first section and ended with Santa missing Christmas because he was too afraid of what was out there.

That all changed this summer when I began making a list of possible enemies for Santa. Writing long lists is one of my many hobbies, so the end result was a list of over 100 possible enemies. I’ve included some in the final version of the story. The other’s I’m saving.

I love how the story turned out. The tone of the story changed significantly when I added a certain snowman to the mix. Everything became happier.

I hope you like the story. I had a blast writing it, in case you couldn’t tell. Let me know what you think.

Now let’s Lego!

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What If Nothing Happens This Christmas? – A Short Story

Here’s a present I made just for you. It’s a short story about Santa Claus and his attempts to save Christmas. You can read the entire story below for free! (For a limited time!)

If reading on a computer screen makes you dizzy, and you want something to shove into your Kindle or iPad, you can buy the ebook version of the story right here at Amazon.com.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and hibernate in your favorite reading spot. Hope you enjoy it!

What If Nothing Happens This Christmas?
By Dan Bergstein

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Santa stared out the window into the icy wilderness. His breath collected on the glass in long, even exhales. He squinted, trying to see something in the distance, but the night made everything seem like a dark purple cloak.

“Come on,” he said, so quietly that the words were caught in his beard. “Happen already.”

He was alone in his office, a spacious circular room located on the second level of his palatial workshop. Upstairs on the third floor, his wife was sleeping soundly. Downstairs in the main workshop, the elves were working all night to to ensure every toy was ready and wrapped. Continue reading What If Nothing Happens This Christmas? – A Short Story

Lego Advent Calendar: Day 16

It snowed this weekend, so my girlfriend and I built a snowman. It has been approximately 15-20 years since I last built a snowman, but the muscle memory never forgets. Brett is an authentic snow person, with real coal eyes, mouth, and buttons. We didn’t have a carrot, because carrots are gross, so his nose is a stick. He also doesn’t have a scarf or hat, because the neighborhood kids will steal them. He doesn’t have a pipe because Brett is not a victim of peer pressure.

I sure hope Brett never, ever dies! He’ll live forever, right?

Today’s Lego item shines some light on yesterday’s mystery object, but not much light. It’s like a tiny light on your computer that you only notice when it’s dark in your room.

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