It took a village (or two)

Village laddervillage in process

 

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. Village lit

village complete

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.

village small

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?

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15 thoughts on “It took a village (or two)

    1. Robin Helm Post author

      Thank you, Jennifer! These villages are a great deal of work to set up, but we enjoy them so much! They’re actually collector’s items now. I had to buy replacement light strands on Amazon. Walmart used to carry them.

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  1. Laura Hile

    No kidding it took twenty-five years to assemble this collection. Wow! I don’t blame you for wanting to keep your villages up all winter. I have one solitary Dickens-village building. I love it and use it all year as a night light. What would I do with more? πŸ™‚

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      Ha! What I love, I love to excess. I adore my children and family, I immerse myself in music, I can’t write a book – it has to be a series. What can I say?

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      1. Laura Hile

        Live with gusto, that’s the idea. You don’t try to do–or collect! –everything. I’m thinking your night-time villages are beautiful in person. I have always liked those table-top train sets, designed like little kingdoms with mountains and farms and towns for the train to travel around and through. But…no space for one!

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  2. Susan Kaye

    It’s great to bring out things we’ve collected over the years. And, I think you’re wise to leave it up for a while. At our house, the tree is up and the lights strung. Bill and I got a blown-glass topper this morning. The granddaughter is coming this weekend and we’ll let her choose some ornaments to put up. That’s about it.

    Again, this arrangement looks great, Robin.

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      I think doing things together like this strengthens a marriage. We need to find more things to do that we both enjoy. Puzzles? Discussing books?

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