24 Days of Turtle (2014): Day 14 (UK Advent Calendar)

Welcome to the 2014 edition of 24 Days of Turtle. The awesome advent calendar features daily TMNT Christmas-themed treasures. There will be festive fun, gracious gifts, and Turtle Powered prizes!

Open up Day 14 of the countdown.


Advent calendars are awesome. When I was a kid, my Mom purchased a new one every year featuring a traditional holiday scene. We'd pull back the glittery paper windows to reveal miniature artwork or celebratory sayings. Our excitement and anticipation for Christmas ballooned with each passing day.

We still have our collection of advent calendars too. Surprisingly, there's not a single TMNT one in the lot. Last season, I searched in stores and online, but came up empty-handed. The only place that seemed to have them? Across the pond - the United Kingdom. Ordering such a silly item from across the globe wasn't in my 2013 cards.

My TMNT advent calendar hunt has continued into 2014. Again, I wasn't finding anything other than the ones available in the UK. My impulses for a shell-tastic advent calendar surged. Weakened, I punched in my payment information online and made the purchase.

The item arrived, shipped from the UK, in a pizza box!  I applaud the sender from eBay. That's the coolest shipping method I have ever seen. That same day, I ventured to a local big box store in a haze of advent appreciation. While doing my shopping, guess what caught my eye? A TMNT advent calendar. And not just any TMNT advent calendar, pretty much the same one I purchased from the UK!

I wasn't too crushed. My international advent calendar still had the subtle cultural differences (grams instead of ounces and a UK website). I might have paid over double the price, but hey, at least I got the pizza box shipping experience.

And finally, here we are. Deep into the month of December. I've busted open each day of the advent calendar with enthusiasm and have been rewarded with a daily chocolate. Each candy is different and holiday-themed. Christmas trees, candy canes, reindeer - but no ninjas. At least they all have the sweet taste of Turtle Power.

Today on December 14th, it looks like we have been treated to a tiny chocolate Santa hat. Maybe a mutated chocolate Santa hat is a better description. It's one kooky looking candy.

Each day of 24 Days of Turtle will feature a Turtle-Powered present.

In the spirit of sending global Christmas cheer, today's gift is a scan from a 1990 TMNT Christmas card featuring Donatello. I always found this artwork fascinating. It's similar to the original cartoon, but something is off...more mutated than usual. Print it out or even digitally send it along to your loved ones this holiday season.

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Check back tomorrow for DAY 15 of 24 Days of Turtle for more festive fun, gracious gifts, and possible prizes! Until then, stay jolly, dudes & dudettes!


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