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LEGO Christmas Build Guides 2010

Check out the LEGO Christmas Build Guides for 2010. 15 mini-build designs are available for free on the LEGO website including a snowman, gift boxes, two reindeer designs, fireplace, wreath, Christmas tree, sleigh, candle, angel, Santa Claus, bell, winter tree, Christmas girl, and candy cane.

The designs are available as downloadable PDF files. The files download as a zip file, which simply compresses the PDF. You’ll need a program to unzip the zip file (Mac OSX does this automatically if you double click on the zip file). Then, you’ll need a free copy of the program Adobe Reader downloaded on your computer in order to view the files. (Again, in Mac OSX you can view PDF files in “Preview” which comes standard). Google Docs also allows you to view PDF files.

The files will show you which pieces you need followed by step-by-step instructions to complete the build. Don’t have all the pieces? You can order LEGO blocks by the piece online or try the brick wall at your local LEGO store. Alternatively, you can just use the free guides as inspiration to create your own design with the pieces you already have.

In the future, we’d love to see LEGO make these guides available as HTML pages instead of having to download zip files. Also, a smartphone app containing the build instructions would also rock. In the meantime, we’re super thankful for free build guides!

New Product for 2010: Ornaments

This year we’re happy to unveil a new product line: ornaments. We’ve taken designs from years past and put them on ornaments as well as created new designs. Some ornaments are two sided, others are designed to feature a graphic just on the front. Click here to browse our ornament collection and check back often for new designs.

New Christmas Music – 2010

A Christmas Cornucopia – Annie Lennox – $9.99

Merry Christmas – Shelby Lynne – $7.99

Joy to the World – Pink Martini – $9.99

Holly Happy Days – Indigo Girls – $9.99

Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album – Glee Cast – $9.99

The Gift – Susan Boyle – $11.99

Merry Christmas II You – Mariah Carey – $9.99

Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You (The Unbroken Deluxe Edition) – Katharine McPhee – $9.99

Happy Christmas – Jessica Simpson – $7.99

Olivia Newton-John: Christmas Collection – Olivia Newton-John – $9.99

Winter, Fire and Snow – Órla Fallon – $9.99

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Single – Five for Fighting – 99 cents (single)

O Holy Night – EP – Jackie Evancho – $6.99

Christmas – EP – Carter’s Chord – $3.96 (4 songs)

Snowflakes – Single – Jeremy Fisher – 99 cents (single)

Ain’t No Chimneys In the Projects – Single – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – $1.98 (2 songs)

It’s Christmas Time – Single – Steel Magnolia – 99 cents (single)

My First Snow – Single – Matt Morris – 99 cents (single)

Christmas – EP – Carter’s Chord – $3.96 (4 songs)

Very Merry Christmas (Bonus Track Version) – Dave Barnes – $6.99

Believe – 33Miles – $7.99

Grateful for Christmas – Single – Hayes Carll – 99 cents (single)

In the Park: Christmas – Various Artists – $7.99

Noël – The Priests – $9.99

Over the Hills and Everywhere – A Christmas Ep – Seabird – $4.99

Christmas Comes Alive! – The Brian Setzer Orchestra – $9.99

The Perfect Gift (US Version) – Canadian Tenors – $9.99

Celtic Thunder Christmas – Celtic Thunder – $9.99

Christmas! A Newsboys Holiday – EP – Newsboys – $4.99

Another Sentimental Christmas – Russ Taff – $9.99

Christmas With The Puppini Sisters – The Puppini Sisters – $9.99

Kidz Bop Christmas Party – Kidz Bop Kids – $7.99

Cool Jazz Christmas – Leif Shires – $9.99

Visions of Christmas – David Arkenstone – $9.99

Christmas With David Phelps – David Phelps – $9.99

Christmas Time Is Here – Jaimee Paul – $9.99

Where Are You, Christmas? – Single – And Then There Were None – 99 cents (single)

WOW Gospel Christmas – Various Artists – $14.99

Christmas – The Isaacs – $9.99

Because It’s Christmas – Jason Crabb – $9.99

Bethlehem Skyline, Vol. 2 – Various Artists – $9.99

Happy Christmas Vol. 5 – Various Artists – $9.99

North Point Christmas – Various Artists – $14.99

O Come All Ye Faithful – Various Artists – $7.99

Silent Night – Single – Jamie Lynn Noon 99 cents (single)

Christmas in the Caribbean: Holiday Songs Performed on Steel Drums – $9.05

Christmas Dinner by Various, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Manfredini, and Charles Gounod (Audio CD – 2010) – $9.07

New Product for 2010: Gift Tags

New to The Holly Leaf this year are gift tags. They’re stickers, so you don’t have to worry about finding tape. We have both round and rectangular Christmas gift tags. You can order them by the sheet.

The rectangular ones are slightly bigger than a standard business card and are $2.55 for a sheet of 8. The round ones are 3 inches in diameter and run $4.95 for a sheet of 6. Check back often for new designs.

New Products: Chevron Tree Tee

A new shirt hit the store this week! This Chevron design depicts a Christmas tree in a cool green accented by a black shirt. A modern shirt for the modern jolly gal or guy.

75 Web Sites Offering Gifts that Give Back

Sorted according to cause/source that benefits.

Animal Rescue & Wildlife

Fair Trade/Co-Op Chocolate

Fair Trade/Co-Op – Coffee

Fair Trade/Co-Op – Clothes, Accessories and Home Goods

Fair Trade/Co-Op – Sports

Fair Trade/Co-Op – Toys

Fair Trade/Co-Op – Wine

Hurricane Katrina

Poverty and Hunger

Literacy

Medical and Health

Miscellaneous

45 Christmas Games for the iPhone/iPod Touch

Speed Tap Games

Christmas with Weezer (aka Tap Tap Revenge featuring Weezer’s 2008 Christmas EP) – $4.99

Christmas Elf – $1.99

Save Santa – $0.99

Gift Grab – FREE

Xmas in Space : Play-a-Long Christmas Carols – FREE

iHoHoHo – $0.99


Racing Games
Santa Wings: Rudolph’s Christmas Flight – $1.99

The Reindeer Games – $0.99


Adventure

iSanta – $0.99

iEscapade XmasIsland – $2.99

Elf Run – $0.99

Kusari Christmas Edition – $0.99

JingleJumble – FREE


Trivia

Christmas Trivia: Are You Smarter Than Santa? -$0.99


Stacking Games

Christmas Gift Stack – $0.99

Gaia Christmas Edition – $0.99


Word

Christmas Spell – $1.99 (or try the FREE Lite version)

Christmas Characters – $0.99


Linking Pieces Games (a la Bejeweled)

Snowed in 7 – White Christmas – FREE

Match ‘n’ Burst – $1.99

Menzel’s Christmas Game – $0.99


Puzzle

Christmas Puzzle – $1.99

iFinity – Christmas Edition – $1.99

iJiggle – $1.99 or iJiggle2 for $2.99

Christmas Puzzles – $0.99


Matching/Memory Games

Christmas Matching for Kids – $0.99

Christmas Match – Kids Memory Game – $0.99

Christmas Match – FREE

meromy + Christmas edition $0.99 or FREE

Christmas memory game – $0.99 or FREE

Santa’s Memory Tuner – $0.99

aMatch Xmas – $0.99

X’mas PhotoMatch – $0.99


Connecting Games

Christmas Lights Plus – $0.99 or FREE

Neon (shine) – $0.99


Target

Gift Feaver – $0.99

Screen shot 2009-11-30 at 8.16.24 PM iSnowFight – Christmas Game – $0.99

Santa’s Night Shift – $0.99


Collecting Pieces

GoSanta! – FREE

Jingle Balls – $0.99

helpSanta – $0.99


Casino

Santa Slots – $0.99


Miscellaneous

perspico xmas – $1.99

Mini Golf Holiday Edition – $0.99

iLander – Christmas Edition – $0.99

New Design: Happy Holly Greeting Card

A new greeting card has arrived at The Holly Leaf: Happy Holly. A modern holly leaf design is paired with the familiar yet cheerful Christmas greeting – “Happy Holidays.” As with all cards on The Holly Leaf, bulk savings are available. Order today!

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LEGO Provides Christmas Build Instructions on Website

legosnowmanscreenshotIf your kids are into LEGO, then you’ll want to check out the Christmas build instructions LEGO has on their website. They can learn how to build a wreath, snowman, reindeer, candy cane, candle, and a ton more. There are still two more mystery instructions yet to be released – on Nov. 19 and 26.

The last date for ordering Pick-A-Brick individual pieces on the LEGO website in the United States is December 6th if you want them by Christmas. So you might want to hurry if you want to get the right pieces for these builds.

Otherwise, buy a big box of LEGOs and hope for the best. Or better yet – have the kids use their imagination and make their own versions of these Christmas builds!

Two New Designs: Star Tree and Sketchy Tree

There are two new designs in our store: Star Tree and Sketchy Tree.

startreeblogpostThe Star Tree is a modern Christmas tree design created with stars. An array of green hues helps to accentuate the star shapes. It’s available for men’s long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts.

Leave a comment if you would like it to be made available for a different product.

sketchytreeblogpostThe second design is called Sketchy Tree. I just love the “sketch” type of design that’s popular right now. You can see it on movie posters, album artwork, t-shirts. This is a fun design trend, and I hope to include it on more The Holly Leaf designs.

Again, this design was specifically made for men’s short and long sleeved shirts. But leave a comment if you’d like it to be added to additional products.

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