With one daughter in Japan and the other across the country in California, I couldn’t work up much enthusiasm for putting up a Christmas tree this year. However, my husband has always loved the ceramic and porcelain village pieces that I’ve collected over the past twenty-five years. I decided to haul them out for him, so I showed him a picture of a display that I like on Pinterest. He began to plan how to make it.
We bought a six-foot stepladder from Home Depot, and he cut plywood to complete the shelving. It took him most of his Saturday afternoon, but he was done by evening, and I began to decorate.
To my amazement, I had well over thirty buildings. It turned out to be beautiful. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to get out my smaller village pieces as well, so that we could have something lit in the living room. I unpacked over forty pieces, and my work-in-progress is still ongoing.
I still need to place the trees and people in the small one, but I’m in no big hurry. I plan to leave them up through February. These are WINTER villages.
You may be amused to know that I actually play with the people. I move them around and make up stories. The time period is Victorian, and though that’s a few years past Austen’s masterpieces, it’s close enough for me.
Churches flank the very top shelf of the large village, and each has a bride and groom exiting to musicians and singers.
Jane and Bingley are on the left; Elizabeth and Darcy to the right. I’ll post closeups of my favorite scenes next week.
What are you doing this Christmas season?