Lego obsessed family build 8ft-tall advent calendar in their living room

A family that’s completely bonkers about Lego have built a gigantic advent calendar made out of the multi-coloured bricks.

The Christmas calendar is an incredible 8ft-tall and made of a whopping 450,000 bricks – it must have taken them ages.

Mike Addis, 60, and wife Catherine Weightman from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, built the immaculately detailed 24-window calendar, which nearly reaches the ceiling of their living room.

Each of the numbered windows opens onto a painstakingly constructed scene about the size of a shoe box.

Incredible details include a miniature Lego version of Vermeer’s famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring, sitting above the mantelpiece.

Behind another door, Lego elves can be seen busily loading presents onto Santa’s sleigh.

In another, a man is finishing off a collection of snowmen.

They continued their annual Christmas tradition after their three now grown-up children became "too embarrassed" to join in.

Other scenes in the calendar include Christmas dinners, ginger bread houses, a snowman, soldiers, and Santa Claus himself.

This year they spent around £600 on new pieces – including specialist pieces to attach wall paintings in the calendar.

It is the biggest Lego sculpture the husband and wife have ever built in their family home over the last 26 years.

In the past, the couple have built a five-storey Victorian dollhouse, Christmas-themed Daleks, a polar bear, Olympic mascots, angels and a cathedral – costing them almost £50,000.

The couple have also for the first time this year raised £4,000 for environmental charities by running Lego competitions and making a giant 3D Lego map of the Great Fen nature reserve project.

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