Saturday, December 8, 2007

My Christmas Village

For almost ten years I've been collecting various pieces of an old fashioned Christmas village set in the 1800's. By various, I mean from different kinds of manufactured village sets. I don't limit it to one kind because a company might make something I like, while another will make a unique piece that I absolutely must have. They're even better if I combine them.

My village has grown and now requires three tables. While it's such a chore to put up, if I do it with Christmas music playing, hot apple cider, and with my family, it's a beautiful experience. I love making these cherished memories. This year two of my daughter's friends helped us. They saved me lots of time.

A few things are still missing, though. I want a couple of mountains in the background and a good train set that will travel through my village. I've had trains in the past, but they were cheap and didn't last long. The little cabooses would jump the track or slip off. My husband says I need to invest the money in one of those collectible trains if I want something that will run well and last.

What does this have to do with writing? Absolutely, nothing. Except having my Christmas village up puts me in the mood for an old fashioned Christmas story. That's what thirteen of us writers got together to provide. Read our story at


  1. Jenn,
    I love the village. It does take time to put up, but its worth it. We have a few pieces, not near as many as you have.
    How wonderful your daughter and her friends helped you. I know you had a blessed time putting it up.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Beautiful, Jenn. Love the idea of the train. If it were my husband, he'd be all over that one. He loves trains. Which is why we always have to have out at Christmas time.

  3. How fun! I just love to see families' different Christmas traditions.


  4. This is very cool. And it's neat you've had your daughter's friends help out too. Sounds like a very special day!