We started collecting Dickens Village houses and accessories many years ago. My mom had a village and my sister-in-law had a village. It was a perfect gift that went on giving year after year — until we all ran out of room. We got each other themed houses based on our jobs and hobbies. We were not slaves to Department 56, and supplemented our collections with resin figures rather than the porcelain ones that break. Over the years in different houses and different communities, it wasn’t Christmas until our Dickens Village went up.
And then we faltered. It became a lot of intricate work to set up the houses and accessories. Small children and pets made inroads in the fragile porcelain accessories. We weren’t home much during the holidays, with out of town travel and many performing gigs and holiday parties. It became a chore rather than a delight to set up the village.
With my retirement last year, I was determined to set up my village with plenty of time to enjoy it — and I did. I tried a new layout with a second tier of houses and all of my stuff fit on the top of my sideboard. By the end of the season, I decided that we needed a sturdier shelf for the back tier, which was made from books supporting foam core boards. In November 2013, darling Music Man created a permanent shelf made from laminated particle board stock. With end and center supports, it was sure to be good for a whole season.
I’ve been keeping a Pinterest board going with Dickens Village posts; feel free to check out my board and link up your own Village post in the comments. I will add you to my Pinterest board. CLICK HERE!
Thanks for visiting with us today in the Empty Nest. I’m linking up today with Seasonal Sundays at the Tablescaper (so sue me for being a day late; I HAD to go to Woodfield Mall yesterday). I hope you will stop by and visit some of the creative bloggers and enjoy more holiday inspiration.
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)