Friday, December 22, 2017

A Year-Round Christmas Village

Dear family, friends, lovely creatures both great and small.....

May you find a few moments amidst your preparations for the Christmas holiday to peruse my year-round Christmas village! I do keep it up year-round as it's too much work to set up and take down for a seasonal display. I stopped collecting before we moved to Canada as I exhausted the space in my Burlington home and it was a tight fit here in our present home. Only two buildings didn't fit and are stashed upstairs.

(I hope you click on the link to view this post directly from my blog - it looks much lovelier that way!)
Here's my story......Over a stretch of several years, my village of quaint homes, shops, and places of business (including the ceramic trees) was collected and purchased entirely from The Salvation Army Store in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The only pieces of this pretty village that are brand new are the accessories - the trees, the moon, the lamp post, the people, children sledding, and choristers singing. 

The Salvation Army store in Wilmington was my favorite store. I can tell you more about that in my next blog post - where I'll share my newspaper article with you about this store. It was published in the Woburn Times Chronicle. 

As I said, all the houses in this collection were collected over several years. I wouldn't just buy any house/building I saw - I had to really like it - and so I did pass by a few once in awhile. And without further ado - here are the photos below.  

This village sits atop my glass door free-standing book case in the living room. I won't take the time and space to list all the types of buildings.

 The next village sits atop our TV cabinet in the living room. A lighthouse is on the left and it does flash. It was tricky taking photos of it lit at the right time. And the moon stands in the middle behind the twiggy tree. You'll see it lit at the end of this post.

 Here's a closeup of the moon.

And the third village sits atop the dining room hutch. There isn't any building duplicated in the whole collection.

And here they are displayed and lit in the evening. You'll see the moon shining this time. Here's the village over the bookcase.

Here's the next village with the lighthouse and moon shining.

 And a close-up of the moon behind the twiggy tree.

And the dining room village at night.

As we gather together in our homes with family and friends, may we remember and honor the One who came down to earth, to become man, and to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life. Have you accepted Him - Jesus Christ - as your personal Savior? I truly hope you have. If not, and you are looking for peace in this world of sin, do not hesitate to send me a note and I will show you how you can have eternal life and a new life in Christ.

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From our home to yours......
Have a very Merry Christmas!

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