Setting up my Christmas Village on the day after Thanksgiving has become tradition. This year, I have two separate villages, one on the mantel and one on the “bird’s eye” maple table that Ed built for me.
When Ed and I got engaged, my Auntie Di gave us a church to get our village started, complete with a bride and groom. Over the years, the village has gotten bigger and bigger, mostly through gifts. As I set it up, I like to think about who gave each item to us: the greenhouse from our friends Alicia and Vinny, wedding presents from Auntie Di, a little woodworking shop from Ed’s mom, a Santa from Ed’s grandmother, a windmill from my grandmother, and a barn that my mom gave me last year. I love all the pieces, but I especially love the lighthouse that was a gift from Ed (although I know his mom really picked it out!), complete with a rotating beacon.
So far this year the only additions to the village are a snow blanket that lights up, a little John Deere tractor and fawns that I’ve named Apple and Pumpkin. But who knows, someone might just give me another piece this Christmas or I might buy something on sale after the holidays are over.
I can’t explain why I like Christmas Villages so much, but it’s probably because they put me in the Christmas spirit. I love setting it up and getting everything just right, from hiding deer in the trees to placing the mirror-pond in just the right spot. I also set up my Christmas candles in the windows today, and the combination of them and the village gives such a pretty glow in the house. I still have lots of decorating to do, but setting up the Christmas Village is my official start of the season.
What do you do to get yourself in the spirit of the season?