Altered plans. Sometimes it just happens. Sort of like buying new outdoor coloured LED lights to make the kids happy, when you already bought LED white lights two years ago and really like them.
For years now, a smaller version of this Christmas village has been displayed in our home, usually on the kitchen counter in our basement. I like the cute little barn, outbuildings and farmhouse, but it always seemed like there was never the right spot for it. Our boys worked really hard to convince me that it needed to be in our tiny living room this year.
I decided that a change in my decorating plans was not as important as the enthusiasm and plans of an 11 and 13 year old. So, our 13 year old took charge, and in came the pine farmhouse table used as a patio table this summer. Out went a chair. The tree moved over. Way over. A quick trip to Zellers for three more buildings (K had to have a Church, and J insisted on a school house, and the gas station was just plain cute) and more trees and fake snow.
They have big plans, these boys of ours. They want to add more pieces during the sales this year. And do you think Mom can keep an eye out for more pieces at yard sales this summer? And plans for a room in their someday farmhouse big enough for a huge village.
Now if only J will stop trying to fit his one hundred plus piece collection of cars, trucks and tractors into the village scene ;)