Think about your Christmas wish this year: Do you want a car? New boots? Your crush to call you? One Direction tickets? It’s probably a little different from the Christmas wish you had when you were 9, which probably involved dolls, video games, or Legos–but whatever it was, you wanted it really badly, right?
Picture that urge, multiply it by about a million, and you have James Groccia‘s Christmas wish for the Lego Emerald Night Train set.
James loved Legos since he was about four years old, and when he was 8, he really wanted the 1,000 piece set. It was designed for ages 14 and up, and his folks were a bit wary that he wouldn’t be able to put it together–plus, it was about $100. They encouraged James to save up for the set himself if he wanted it badly enough, and he did.
One problem: After scraping together allowance, birthday money, Christmas cash, and earnings from a research study (James has a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome), Lego had stopped selling the Lego Emerald Night Train set. (Nooooooooooooooooooo!)
James wrote a letter to Lego telling them how badly he wanted the train set, and how much he loves Lego in general, using the blocks in his study group that helps autistic children learn social skills. An excerpt? “I got another Lego set, thinking I could forget about the Emerald Night, but every time I see it anywhere on line I get very sad and disappointed. I still want the Emerald Night so badly, but there are none to be found.” D’awwwwww!
First, Lego couldn’t help. But then… Just watch the video below. And have a tissue handy. (Hint: It’s a Christmas wish come true.)