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Christmas 2014

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Village

In this post, I mentioned that Dan made a shelf for our Christmas village. Several of you were interested in how it was done, so I thought I'd post some pictures. I've been collecting pieces from Dept 56 Snow Village for years. The pieces are bigger than a lot of the Christmas villages you see, so if you have one with smaller pieces, you would have a lot more flexibility in arranging your "town." As it is, I wanted something that would keep my pieces safe, and still within easy view. So, I asked my handyman if he could put in a shelf, just behind the sofa, something that we could take down after the holidays. It was really quite simple for us him to do. We bought a piece of shelving and three shelf brackets. . .

Here's a peek at the back. The brackets are put in with anchors, and since the couch is typically pushed up against the wall, the anchors won't show after the holidays. And they're just "little holes," so no big deal.

It looks pretty all lit up! This picture just doesn't do it justice.
Here's a closer look. (Be sure to click on the photos with your mouse to see the enlarged pictures. Lots of fun details!) The village Christmas tree and a Christmas house (I added the pink caddie this year -- an ebay find). . .
The Secret Garden Florist and a Christmas Shoppe. The little Starbucks cart, a gift from my brother, is one of my favorites
The red brick building is the Pet Store and I should have gotten a close up of the front window. It's filled with puppies! Next door is the Super Suds Laundromat and a bookstore and cafe. The guy selling poinsettias is another ebay find. And the boy walking all the dogs. I think the people are as much fun to collect as the buildings.
Here is St. Luke's Cathedral -- a gift from my mom the year that our Luke was born. Next door is one of my favorites, the Hope Chest Consignment Store.
At the end of the block is a tree lot and used car lot.
The boy selling wreaths is actually part of a set that includes a greenhouse. Which is upstairs . . . with the rest of my village! Embarrassing, I know. I have to set it up in two places:/ But, I've loved collecting the pieces over the years. Stay tuned for part 2!

10 comments:

Country Dreaming said...

Love your village. I picked up a very small one at a garage sale this past summer and love it tooo!
Pics later with the decor.

Melinda

PS I WILL get your package to you--sorry I'm sooo slow. Too much to so. :)

Becky said...

What a great idea to build a shelf! What a great idea to marry a guy who knows how to build a shelf!

That planning ahead was brilliant on your part.

The village is so pretty. I love all the details. I think it is so much fun to have something you collect and use year after year. Tradition!!!! (in the voice of Tevia, from Fiddler on the Roof!)

Joanne said...

What a beautiful Christmas display! There's something so charming about Dept. 56 collections. I like the old fashioned feel to the villages, the people, bringing us back to a simple time.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh my Karen, it looks wonderful! How great of your husband to build the shelf and get it all setup for you :) I always grumble a little bit about dragging mine all out and getting it set up, but after I do, I love it! I so wish I had more space. I have less pieces than you, and mine is in two small spaces. I'd love to have it all together one day (and I SO want more pieces!) I have some of the ones you have, and would love to have some of the ones you have like the bookstore, that adorable Starbucks cart, the big Village tree and another church. I want the pharmacy too, yours must be upstairs, I remember it from the previous photo. Can't wait for the next installment! Oh, and I love how many people and cars and accessories you have. I have a few but not nearly as many. OH, and I had no idea there were 2 pet stores... I have a different one, smaller, that I got the year I got our first dog. Love that you got the St Luke's church when your Luke was born, that's what makes collecting these things so special and fun :)

Merry Christmas!!!

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
YOUR VILLAGE IS JUST LOVELY,THE SHELF IS A GOOD IDEA. THE WHOLE SET-UP LOOKS GREAT. I WILL TAKE PICTURES OF JACKIE'S VILLAGE AND POST THEM. I GOT 108 E-MAILS TODAY, I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY I HAVEN'T BEEN ON. MOSTLY ADS. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET SNOW OVER THE WEEKEND, I HOPE SO. TOMORROW IS A PARTY FOR THE NURSES, IT SHOULD BE NICE. WELL, TAKE CARE. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Brittanie said...

My cousin Mollie is 12 and she has a Christmas village too.Her parents add a piece to it each year. The pieces are smaller than yours though. Love your village. :)

Judy said...

oooooOOOOHHHHHoooooo, I lOVe your village!!

Jen said...

I love little villages. I still have the one me and Scott bought our first Christmas at the Dollar General store. We didnt have alot of money so we bought a tree some ornaments and the 5 house village...Its very cheap looking...but I still display it because it reminds me of our first Christmas married...and how we didnt have much...but we had each other and that was all that mattered...I love yours~! I hope you are enjoying your holidays!

diana said...

it's beautiful, and such a perfect place to display it. i've never wanted to have a village because of the space it would take to display, but your shelf is the perfect solution.

have a good weekend.

Robin said...

Oh I just love it!