Our Christmas Village ~2011

Our living room tree has been moved over to make room for a Christmas village. Again.

Last year I shared our Christmas village and how my plans to keep it in storage changed.  Plans and memory making for our boys trumps my plans for more simplified decorating once again and tonight our almost 15 year old son got a plank from his grandfather's old sawmill out of the garage, and two little night tables from the basement for a makeshift display table. {We seriously need more horizontal display surfaces in our home.} I love the rustic wood and that this display is waaaay narrower than the farmhouse table he used last year.

Our miniature Christmas scene has a farmhouse, barn and outbuildings, a Victorian home, and a Church, school and gas station. Villagers, lights, a bridge, lots of bottle brush trees and kids tobogganing add some charm.

The farmhouse and farm were the first pieces I collected before kids. Our youngest son (almost 13) was rushing out to his hockey game tonight with Dad and only added a few people and trees, but I'm sure by tomorrow part of Josh's huge collection of farm vehicles will be added.

This is what Kyle came up with for a display surface. I love this weathered and rough sawn wood that was from my fil's old sawmill. We have several pieces and I think in the New Year Kyle and I will have to make something cool with them. He's my tool guy. Actually, both our boys ask for tools every Christmas.

Kyle wants to know which version my readers prefer....Our Christmas village 2011(keeping in mind tractors etc. might be added) or....

our Christmas Village 2010 (below)?

Thanks for stopping by during this busy week! If you have a spare minute Kyle would really appreciate your opinion (they are busy making plans to expand for next year.)

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  1. I think I like this years look better. It is so neat that your kids are really into the tradition of having a Christmas village. I always loved them so much as a kid (and I still do!).

  2. What a sweet village..
    Merry Christmas..

  3. You have a beautiful village and two great sons who are a big help! I think I like the one this year as it appear to be larger looking like a village along a country road. That plank of wood is a special piece for sure. I hope you show a picture of the added things :) Merry Christmas to you all! Blessings, Pamela

  4. Those Chistmas villages are so much fun to look at and collect. My inlaws have one too. They usually set it up in their bookcase shelving around the tv. My dad has one too. Kids are just instantly drawn to them. I love that your whole family gets involved with setting it up. That's a nice tradition. I bet it looks pretty all lit up at night.

  5. I prefer 2011 too! With the narrower area all of the "extras" get tucked in here and there... which I kind of like more... plus who can beat family and the history of the plank ;)


  6. Last years was lovely, but you know I think I like this years better. I like the way it is laid out and I love the barn board underneath it.
    I love it when kids used their ingenuity to make things happen, there is something so special about that. I am a sucker for Christmas villages! I love every one that I see.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. I love this years setup for your Christmas village. Over the past couple of years I've been putting mine up higher but this year I went back to the long flat version on the china cupboards so the little grandkids could view it better.

  8. Just love the farm in the village!
    Such a clever table too.

  9. Hi, and Merry Christmas! Tell Kyle, 2011 is my fave. :)

  10. Loving your village Elizabeth!

  11. Kyle: this year is the best...its like looking at a real village street. Maybe you should start your own blog.

    Merry Christmas

  12. What a charming village! Merry Christmas to you!


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