Not being home on Thanksgiving isn’t fun. Not being home the day after Thanksgiving SUCKS. The Friday after Thanksgiving (TFAT) is my favorite day of the year- and it has nothing to do with shopping. You couldn’t pay me to go to a mall on Black Friday. I love everything about TFAT eating leftovers, sitting around talking, making a run to WalMart for more Christmas lights, putting up Christmas trees, listening to the whole family yell at the Aggies, and eating pie at pretty much any time of day I want to. This year I was lucky- I got to do one of my favorite TFAT activities while I was home- put up my Christmas village.
When I was very little Nana started a tradition of giving me a Christmas music box every year. We put them up at her house but she said that one day when I grew up I would take them to my house so I would have Christmas decorations of my own. When I was in 7th grade (I think) she gave me the music box that goes to the Dickens Village (Department 56) and asked me what I thought about starting to collect the Dickens Village. I was ecstatic and we began adding to it over the years. Even though I am a grown up- sort of- and have my very own house we still put it up at Nana’s and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Putting it up with Nana every year is one of my favorite parts of getting ready for Christmas!
Confession: collecting this village has made me a Christmas village snob. No tacky glitter, iridescent snow and multicolored lights in my village. I can’t get over the detail in each and every piece. I love detail!
Finding a place for everything and being thankful that Honey is willing to drill holes in his beautiful furniture so Nana and I can plug everything in and hide all the wires!
Some of the pieces:
Andrea, Nana and the finished product!
It gets prettier and prettier! I am so glad that I got to put it up this year! Thanks for everything Nana!