Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas Villages

I adore Christmas villages. From the time I was a kid I have been fascinated by them. I would always want to make myself teeny tiny and jump into one for a bit - have a truly Dickens Christmas and sing carols. Of course, I think I would be mighty lonely with all those ceramic figurines! One year, my father brought me to our local department store (Caldor's for those that may remember!) and bought me all of the village pieces they had. I had a great time setting up this village each year and I even named it Kringleton. I still have all of these pieces and they have been merged with Jeff's Christmas in the City set. We have QUITE a few pieces but not that much display space so for now we pick a handful each year and display them on our mantel. As Chelsea gets older it will be fun to set up the village with her and perhaps let it take over a room in our house for the season.
I also wanted to share this great post on creating some new family traditions. Love most of these and I think we will be putting some in place this year.


CatieAn said...

hi karla
your village pieces are so beautiful....I had been collecting mine for years and had a very elaborate display every year.
When we had our fire they were either damaged beyond cleaning or were just one more thing that 'mysteriously' disappeared in the chaos..(meaning the company brought in to clean, store salveageables) have a new christmas display. I haven't had the heart to replace it.
Family traditions go a long way in sweet memories and we see our kids carrying on what they grew up with.

Anonymous said...

Hey sweets! I am a village girl myself! Since I can remember I have set up my moms village and now being a big girl I have my own and add to it every year! I am wanting to start the actual villages from like Micheals or Macys but they are soooo expensive so my dollar store gingerbread village will have to do! Cant wait to see your set up this year! big hugs


Lori said...

Karla, i would never have room for Christmas villages either...i have to move all sorts of things just for the tree...the link for traditions has wonderful ideas...this will be your most magical Christmas ever, it's so much more fun when you have little ones!!!

Dolores said...

Hi Karla,
I love your village pieces. What a wonderful father, to buy you all the pieces in the store, precious memories, and memories to pass on to traditions.

I gave our children a special village piece each Christmas, until they said, "enough"...they ran out of room. I love going to their homes at Christmas and looking at the special village pieces, and remembering when I bought them.

Thank you for your comments on my blog.

Merci-Notes said...

Hi Karla,
I just returned from Simple Mom and the visit was wonderful! Oh Merci! :)

Villages... "little People and where they live! You would not be alone with ceramic people! I would want to be there! I have been making various little houses, cottages, beds, kitchens since I was little. I had three Kiddles!
It will be so exciting for Chelsea to discover your villages!

Happy weekend!!!

Rosemary said...

Hi Karla,
The village is very cool!!
Love it!
Glad you stopped by. Yes, Jake is getting bigger by the day.
He is so fun!!
Hope you have a great week,

Merci-Notes said...

Stopping by to say hello! :)
What a Christmas you will have... well, they will get even more exciting next year when your little one knows what is going on a bit better! :) What a CUTIE!!! :)

Jeanie said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a whole new set of traditions to begin? And with such a sweetie!

Thanks for your kind comments re: Rick's accident. He's on the mend and an update post over the weekend. Hugs!

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Natasha Burns said...

What gorgeous villages Karla! It will be such a fun tradition when Chelsea gets older for you to set them up. Leroy absolutely loves it when we have ours set up said...

lovely post Karla, thanks for the link, there are a few traditions I am going to start from that as well! Rachaelxo

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Great selection of little villages. Nice mosiac and a reminder that I must learn how to create these-lol.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Miss Mari said...

Hi Miss Karla! I so miss you! I wish you could come to our little Village of Arroyo Grande. It's so the ones you talk about! Happy Holidays My Friend!!!!!

prashant said...

Cant wait to see your set up this year! big hugs

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