Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It Takes A Village

The living room tree is known as "mom's tree" because, traditionally, I really enjoy decorating it by myself. I turn on Christmas music and wax nostalgic as I hang the real glass ornaments. Many remind me of the ones from my childhood. Usually I break at least one ornament every year, and if I don't, then our cat or a son does. I chalk it up as part of the Christmas tradition. Fortunately, most ornaments were purchased on clearance or at the thrift store, so I don't make a fuss. This year the tradition changed a bit. I was blessed to have my newly married daughter and son-in-law help decorate the tree. It's so fun to have them here visiting. And, I enjoyed EVERY minute of their help.
After the tree is decorated, the real fun begins. The village gets placed underneath the tree (which is why our tree is on stilts). It's a tradition to have my boys set up the train track before the houses get placed. If you look very closely (click the picture to enlarge) you'll notice lego men on the train track. That's a tradition too! Right after everything is finished, my boys have each enjoyed giving their toys train rides. . .or train crashes.My kids have all grown up with the village as part of our Christmas tradition. We like to lie on our tummies and tell stories about all of the village people. Every year there are certain villagers who have to go in the exact same place.
Santa and the elves are always high on the "mountain" so they can look to see who's been naughty or nice.The kissing couple, my daughter's favorite, always go in the gazebo. The "rich lady" is always leaving her large home to go on a trip for the holidays. The dog always chases the boy on the bike. . .except for the year that my third son decided he needed that little dog and would take it to his room to play. The family is always place by the nativity scene at the church as a reminder of our Christmas Eve tradition of going as a family to see the lights of the city and hear the story of the birth of Christ.I hand painted some of the villagers many years ago. None of the houses cost very much. Super glue is used to repair something almost every year. Our village isn't all that special, but the traditions and the memories associated with it are very, very special and dear to our family.

40 comments:

Deb said...

All I can say is WOW!! Your kids must spend ours just staring in amazement at all the fun little things to see.

Deck The Halls said...

I love your blog! Thanks for your inspiration! Merry Christmas! (I found you from the Creative Homemaker!)

Kacey R. said...

Oh WOW! This time you have REALLY amazed me! You always do, but I have always loved those little villages but have yet to start a collection. What a great idea to put it under your tree.

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and enjoy your time with your family! :o)

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Thanks so much for sharing your home and traditions with us. What an amazing gift you have. Thank you.

Tracey said...

I love your Christmas village and the cute things you shared about your children :)

Sue said...

I love the village under your tree...I've never seen that but love it!!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

I have never seen such a beautiful village display, and I loved reading about your family's traditions and memories! Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

Valarie Lea said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

canearl said...

That is beautiful!! I mentioned a few months ago that I was turning some old kitchen doors into things for my kids- come check in around the weekend I'll hopefully have pics up of our first project with them.

Kate said...

It's good to know we're not the only family that has a story about our villagers :)

This is beautiful! I hope you and your wonderful family have a very Merry Christmas :)

simple~needs said...

i love it!! that whole post, pics and all your goodies are wonderful!!! i think it would be so great to have a set up under my tree like that!!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, can my 'village people' come over and visit your 'village people'? That has got to be the best village I have seen yet. Your home is beautiful. I love it. Hope you have a great Christmas!
Debbie

V and Co. said...

wow, that would look like godzilla came and destroyed the village if it were in my house...i have 4 godzillas that would not stop till every single house was terrorized!

FeeBeeKay said...

I just wanted to say what a truly breathtaking tree and village!! It is a work of art - an absolute joy to look at!

FeeBeeKay

ceekay said...

Your village under the tree is wonderful. I hope you and your family have many hours of enjoyment during the holidays. Merry Christmas!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

That is absolutely amazing! I have never seen anything like it, Joy. What an awesome tradition and such sweet memories you and your family have! Thanks for always inspiring me and sharing a little peice of your life with us! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with you loved ones and a blessed new year.

Hugs ~ Amanda

Holly said...

That really looks lovely! I too have a humble little village...nothing like yours...that all came from Dollar Tree. And I don't feel like I need to apologize to anyone just because it's not the collectible kind ;)

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh I love it!..it is a winter wonderland all under your tree..I love the stories you give them...Have a wonderful christmas and all the best for 2009!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

I love the way you elevate your tree and put the village underneath! I have some Department 56 houses and can never figure out how to display them. What a wonderful idea!

Blissful Nikki said...

I love this! My mom is a HUGE Department 56 Snow Villiage Collector, I have to show her your villiage! I always loved setting it up as a child and still do even now! :) HAve a VERY Merry Christmas!!

Jackie said...

Your village is FABULOUS!!!!
I would have never thought to display it under a tree in levels like you did. Just wonderful. :-)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Meryyyy Christmas JOy! Have a wonderful time with the family. cherry

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
I love your village and the artistic way you have it displayed!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Mimi Sue said...

I love family traditions.It's what makes wonderful memories. Mimi

Sheryl said...

Wow! What a wonderful way to display your village! I've never seen it under a tree before and it's beautiful! What fun for your children, too.

Julie said...

Merry Christmas Joy! Have a wonderful holiday
julie

tidymom said...

WOW WOW WOW!! That is just BEAUTIFUL!! What a wonderful display!!

Wishing you and your family a VERY MERRY Christmas!!

~Tidymom

Wendy said...

Very pretty. What a fun tradition!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

WOW Joy, that is amazing!! I would sit there on my tummy staring at it! :) I love all the little details. Thanks for sharing it -- Merry Christmas!!

Laurel MacD said...

I grew up with a "village" and my parents still love it. Both of my brothers have taken up the tradition - and maybe I will after the rugrats in my home get a little big more control of themselves!

Bonnie the Boss said...

The village is beautiful because of the memories! I think that is so wonderful!

Carol said...

Your Christmas village is gorgeous! How creative to put it under your tree!

Merry Christmas!
Carol

Katie said...

That is unreal, I love it.

Bella Casa said...

Gorgeous...and so rich with memories, that's priceless.

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, Joy!

Bella :)

An iMperfect wIfe said...

The Christmas village is such a great tradition. I don't know of anyone else with that many Christmas trees! Love the variety!

Jenny

Spymommy said...

I also have a "mom" tree that I decorate alone since many of the ornaments are very fragile. You can check it out on my blog. My kids have a tree that is down in "kid world" aka the basement that has all of their handmade ornaments plus we give each child an ornament in their stocking every year. The hope is that when they leave home, they will have an assortment of ornaments to take with them.

AndreaLeigh said...

i love your village! what cherished memories. and i am glad you had your daugther and SIL to help put it together.

Mona said...

Your Christmas Village IS TOO all that special! I have always wanted one of those..and never was able to get it. Now the babes are all grown with babes of their own and still, I think of starting to collect..but..the passion to have one has passed. So..I will enjoy yours and continue dreaming. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed my visit. :) Happy New Year!
Mona

Traci said...

That is amazing....I LOVE that idea....I'm going to have to remember that one!!! It is so beautiful!!!

Love to decorate said...

Love your village and the memories you talk about. I grew up with a village under my tree and now I have a village. Villages are very special

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