24 Days of Turtle: Day 2 (Nickelodeon Ornaments)

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.


During the holiday season, you occasionally find yourself venturing into unfamiliar stores. You swore to yourself you’d never go through the doors of these places, but yet, here you are. A desperate moment of panic overtakes you – what are you going to get for your Aunt Sylvia this holiday season??? You have no idea. Absolutely clueless. But for some reason, you think these “new” stores will provide inspiration.

When my cloud of alarm cleared, I found myself in a store I vowed to avoid, Five Below. I am a fan of flea markets and old junk, but not dollar store discoveries. In a daze, I mustered through the aisles of Five Below. So much stuff, so little enthusiasm. But, then those colors caught my eye from afar. I spied with my little green eyes the logo for Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

With a sudden burst of excitement, I was released from my holiday shopping coma. Cue the Christmas joy, I found 4 new TMNT ornaments.

Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael – the gang is all here. It’s been over 20 years since my last batch of Turtles ornaments have been purchased. Decades have come, and decades gone without a new Turtle hanging from my Christmas tree.

But now, the clocks have been reset! We ring in a new era of tree trimming. And whom do I have to thank? The bargain store I refused to set foot in, Five Below. Like Casey Jones said in the first Turtles film, “I’ll never call golf a dull game again.

Make sure to return tomorrow for Day 3 of 24 Days of Turtle!



  1. Ah, this is awesome! Ah, I been looking /everywhere/ for these, I can't believe you found them in the most inconspicuous place ever. Guess that means I should try and go into some new places to see. ;)

    Nice to see these radical ornaments hung up, they definitely liven up the Christmas. Hope I can get some too, so I can have mines brightened up.

    Cannot wait to see what you have in store for Day 3.

    1. I hope you get 'em too! For only a few bucks, they're definitely worth it. Thanks again for reading!

  2. I have the old Ninja Turtle bulb ornaments, might be time to do a little updating!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh, I know those ornaments. Are yours still in decent condition after all these years?

    2. It's not the actual plastic bulbs, it's like...stringy bulby...thing.

      Slight discoloration due to age, a few strands loose. But still acceptable.

  3. Oooh, I'd love to get these as well. My brother and I had four TMNT ornaments growing up that we actually found at a church tag sale. They were actually just homemade heads of each of the guys, made from felt, but we loved them as much as something that would be store-bought. I think my parents still have them all. We didn't want to split up the four! (I would take Raphael and Michaelangelo in that scenario.)

    1. Sometimes the best treasures are the handcrafted ones. If you head home for the holidays, snap a pic. I'd love to see 'em!


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