Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Decorating Part 2: Department 56 Houses

Growing up for most of my life in Southern California, land of the freeway, I was not often exposed to the "small-town, Main Street" feel.  But I am always drawn to the scenes of lit shops and restaurants lining a street with people walking around taking it all in.  With Christmas being my favorite time of year, I especially love this with snow on the ground, decorations in the window and a tree in the square.

Many years ago, my mother and I found a way to make this part of our holiday decorating with lit holiday houses from Department 56.  We chose the Dickens Village for our collection and it was always my job to "put up the houses."  I loved creating not only the scene but the story that went along with all our our buildings. 

The company now has many village themes and houses to choose from to make your own holiday memories.

Christmas in the City

Potters Tea Seller

Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Engine Company 10

Grand Central Railway Station


Dickens Christmas Carol

Sir John Falstaff Inn

Ashbury Inn

London Gin Distillery

Nephew Fred's Flat

Scrooge & Marley Counting House

The Original Snow Village

SVPD Precinct 76


Christmas Cove Lighthouse

Jingle Belle Houseboat

Our Lady of Grace Church

Santa's Wonderland House

And my new favorite, Williamsburg.  This is the village I hope to start for my own decorations.

Tarpley's Store

Barton Parish Church

Kings Arms Tavern

R. Charleton's Coffeehouse

Taliaferro-Cole House

Until Tomorrow. . . .

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