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.
DAY 13: VISITING SANTA
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!
DAY 12: WOODEN ORNAMENTS
DAY 11: NICKELODEON CANDY CANE
DAY 10: MICHAELANGELO'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (COMIC)
DAY 9: GIFT TAGS
DAY 8: SNAKEWEED MISTLETOE
DAY 7: MAGAZINE AD
DAY 6: UNOPENED RAPHAEL ORNAMENT
DAY 5: MINI STOCKINGS
DAY 4: UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER
DAY 3: CHRISTMAS CARD
DAY 2: NICKELODEON ORNAMENTS