It's Christmas morning. You tear open the wrapping. Turn over the box. Rip open the box. Shake out the parts. Tear open the bags. And then forget about every other gift in an effort to build what you have coveted as fast as is child-ly possible.
Your first LEGO set -- if you're lucky enough to remember it -- is one of those anchors of childhood. Web guru Chris Pirillo recently posted an old home movie of his first LEGO set that includes the joy of feetie pajamas and the magic of finding what you want in your stocking.
As for me, it was set 1082 -- a collection of red and blue slopes and roofing tiles -- a box I got to revisit in the set vault at LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark. It was like seeing an old friend with all of the same butterflies and feelings of nostalgia shinkwrapped together.
Image via L. Marie.