It is said that “if you build it, they will come!” As a little girl, living in Denmark, I took those words to heart, year after year… after year. The Danish folklore is full of tales of elves and gnomes who move into your home during Christmas time. These little creatures play harmless tricks on everyone in the family. It was always my dream to finally catch a glimpse of one of the tricksters, which was why I built a home out of LEGO for our family’s elves – every single year. It became the whole family’s LEGO tradition.
My elf-approved winter wonderland provided me with endless hours of LEGO fun: building, rearranging and redesigning the display. When I was recently sent a Christmas train by LEGO, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Behold – our family’s first LEGO winter wonderland – Christmas-elf approved, and just like that we had started a LEGO tradition for the whole family!Start a #LEGO #tradition for the whole family! #DIY #WinterWonderland @LEGO_Group Click To Tweet
Our New Tradition:
It may not look like much right now, but there is a reason for that! I have (of course) bought the kids the LEGO advent calendar (and I hope you got yours before it sells out!). I plan on using all the daily builds from the calendar for our LEGO winter wonderland. We will store them after the season is over, and bring them back out next year. As the years pass, it is my dream that the snow-covered display will grow and expand with new creations from either the Advent calendar, or even better – from our own creative builds.
Our Current Pieces:
I am kicking myself that I didn’t do this earlier, as the LEGO advent calendar is a Christmas tradition in our house. I searched through the kids’ countless boxes of LEGO bricks and I was able to salvage a few Christmas-themed pieces and half-built items from previous years. Coupled with the adorable Christmas train and the small set I bought during our recent trip to LEGOLAND, this is a great start to our own winter wonderland.
Our Family’s Reaction:
It made my heart SO happy to see a tradition like my Danish elf-approved LEGO winter wonderland being passed down to our four boys. They each wanted to participate – at their respective levels.
- Jacob (9) helped me build, create and set up. He almost pushed me aside and didn’t get me make any decisions on my own.
- Jordan (7) is obsessed with mini-figures, so he collected all of our Christmas appropriate figures.
- Jansen (4) is slowly learning how to build with the smaller LEGO, so watched his older brothers VERY closely, and he even made a few creative suggestions.
- Jonah (almost 2) picked the pieces apart – because he is the baby in the family, so even his older brothers let him get away with things!
Start your own tradition today with these sets you can buy or the items you can build with LEGO you already own.
I recommend these sets to get started:
Ok, so this isn’t LEGO, but I used it as “ground cover.” It makes a beautiful snow-covered scene.
This one is a collector’s item, used as a promotion by LEGO. It is SO cute!
This year’s LEGO advent calendar has several great pieces that will become a permanent part of my annual winter wonderland!
Custom creations with your own bricks:
There are several awesome Christmas-themed LEGO builds from Frugal Fun 4 Boys. Her nativity scene and the Rudolf are simply adorable. Check them out at: FrugalFun4Boys
Chris McVeigh is an artist, who within the past few years started working with LEGO bricks as one of his medium. His site provides you with free downloadable instructions for his custom builds. This just goes to show that the world is full of awesome people! Check out his creations at: ChrisMcVeigh
Please share pictures of your family’s new LEGO winter wonderland tradition on my Facebook Page. I would LOVE to see them! Have fun building memories – one brick at a time!
Don’t miss my other posts about our Danish traditions! – There is a reason they are the happiest people!