My New Hobby: Our Christmas Village
Let me preface all of this by stating clearly: Yes...I feel a bit of shame for this new guilty pleasure.
I have to admit something: I've *somehow* fallen in love with our Christmas Village. Yes...those little porcelein buildings/scenes that people put up at the holidays. You know the type. You probably overlook them. I know I used to. But, for some reason, my brain keeps telling me that I NEED to collect these little buildings.
It all started a few years ago - back in 2007 we received 2 Department 56 buildings for a wedding present from Nat's Aunt and Uncle. Last year, I put both of them up on our temporary mantle. This year, however, is a different story. With the mantel finished, I figured it was time to think about what could go up there decoration-wise. And...those two little buildings sparked something!
One night, my mom was over and we started talking about the village buildings - and it turns out, she had a few Department 56 buildings that she received as gifts. She hasn't put them out in years, so she offered them to me. Now, my little community was 4 buildings strong!
Then...I went to Menards.
And...guess what? They sell Christmas Village buildings! But...they're NOT Department 56 (which...from what I can tell, is the gold standard of these thigns). Rather, they carry something called Lemax. In the store, they looked about the same, but each building was $20-$40. Although the Department 56 ones are retailing for more than that online (like $50ish), the Lemax buildings still were too much for me.
So...I sprung for a few. Make that 3. They were $10 each and to my eye...you can't really tell the difference between these new ones and the expensive ones. Oh...and I bought a bunch of figures and such to make the scene a bit more lively. Yes....that photo above is how it looks now.
Nat, when she reads this, is going to storm over to the mantel and give me a disapproving look - I can guarantee it! She's not as excited about having a HUGE village as I am (she likes having a small, quaint one with just a few buildings!), but I think she'll come around. Just wait until next year when I really get into it! Can't wait!