It Takes a Village

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!

Before/Boxes out:

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!


About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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4 Responses to It Takes a Village

  1. Chris Coker says:

    We put up a village, too. It’s not Dickens; it’s JCPenney.

  2. Cindy says:

    It is beautiful and I loved looking at it over Thanksgiving. I just wish you were here helping me decorate our tree!

  3. Nana says:

    I am so glad we got to put up the village this year together. I had to do it by myself last year and it wasn’t ANY fun at all. You have always made Christmas such a fun time of year. I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything in the world. Not just Christmas time but all through the years. I loved our Saturday nights together and so did Honey. You are very special to us. ( I loved being BAD BETTY during our school sessions). Sooooo much fun. I could go on and on but I think you know how much you mean to both of us.
    Love you, Nana

  4. Suzanne says:

    Awwwwwwwwwww….bad Betty, you made me cry!!

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