24 Days of Turtle: Day 13 (Visiting Santa)

This holiday season, Santa is coming to the sewers! 24 Days of Turtle is a countdown until Christmas guaranteed to make you merry. From December 1st through 24th, this advent calendar will shell out 24 different TMNT Holiday-themed treats. Each day will offer something new, something ninja.


As kids, my friends argued if the guy at the mall was the real deal. Wouldn't Santa rather be with Mrs. Claus in the North Pole than alone in some dumpy New Jersey establishment?

Whether he was ol' Saint Nick or just a dude earning minimum wage, I didn't care. The man behind the beard listened to me. I'd spout out my wish list and this adult not only listened, but gave me hope. Unfortunately, the trips slowed as I got older. Eventually, they stopped. I haven't visited Santa since the 90's. Have I become a Scrooge?

In honor of 24 Days of Turtle, I'm reversing the curse and seeing Santa once again! Along with my wish list, I'm bringing Turtle Power.

Living in New York City, there's only one place to go see the jolly guy - the landmark Macy's store on 34th Street. The festive decorations were visible from blocks away. To set the scene with even more movie magic, a gentle snow was falling from the sky.

But then inside the store, CROWDS. People packed in from wall to wall. Was I expecting something else?

Equipped with TMNT shirts and a Donatello winter hat, we made the trek up 8 flights invigorated with Turtle Power. Despite the long line, the 45 minute wait flew by. A charming batch of elves waved us in and lead us to Santa...

A 30 year old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan does not belong on Santa's lap. Thankfully, there was a seat big enough for us two adults to sit next to him. Although this wasn't on my wish list, I considered this an early Christmas gift.

Santa was impressed with our Turtle Power assemble. He even let us in on a little secret...Donatello is his favorite! After the Turtle talk, he eventually threw the big question at us, "What do you want for Christmas?"

Being with Jessica, I tossed out something sweet, "a happy & healthy holiday season with my lovely girlfriend."

Jessica, on the other hand, wasn't as romantic. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, she fell into the mystique of Santa. The big man repeated his question, "what do you want for Christmas?" In a hypnotic trance, she mumbled out a few noises. When she eventually found a word, it was "toaster."

A toaster is a swell gift, but Jessica isn't even looking for a toaster under her Christmas tree. In a panic she blurted it out. Was it Turtle Power or the power of Santa Claus that sent her mind scurrying? 

We left Santa's seat, me, jolly - Jessica, confused. We HAD to shell out the cash to purchase a photo. The moment was priceless. Two adults, Santa Claus, Turtle Power, and a passion for toasters.

Santa Claus = Donatello Fan

Make sure to return tomorrow for Day 14 of 24 Days of Turtle!


  1. How about a nice..... toaster? FFS. By the way... the final pic is epic. Santa's face for the win.

  2. In some New Jersey establishment? You grew up in Jersey? If you did, that's radical. I curretnly reside in there. :)

    Anyways, awesome picture you have. The final picture, all I could think of when you held your fist up was, ''Now THAT'S Turtle Power!". It's also sweet that you and your lovely companion both actually went to do this, and supporting the boys in green no less. That's Turtle Power.

    The Toaster part was also a surprise twist to the charming moment, but hey, you gotta have a toaster to have some nice eats, ya know.

    Anyways, love this. Cannot wait for more!

    1. Glad you noticed the fist up in the air! That was my act of Turtle Power. I wanted Santa and the elves to see it too.

      New Jersey - born and raised. I lived in that Pine Barrens section (Toms River & Seaside were like 25 minutes away). Where are you at now? Kind of close to NYC, right?

    2. I know for sure they did. It's all about that power!

      Ah, I see. The Pine Barrens, a usually feared place down here, thanks to urban legends and all. Oi, I live in Elizabeth, which is very close to New York. I could easily go to NYC in less than 35 mins. in good traffic.

    3. Those urban legends are fun. I was always on the lookout for the Jersey Devil.

      You're so close! Hopefully there's a TMNT event soon and we can attend!


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