There’s something magical about those tiny Christmas villages. I’ve had my collection for a few years and now have about 20 houses, but this year, I only got out about 6 of them to sit on my downstairs desk in the den. Just a little bit of cheer down there. I love to imagine living in a tiny town like this and how quaint it all is with the little people scurrying around in the snow. My sister gave me the idea to use those flat styrofoam squares that come in packing boxes and it’s a great tip. Add some snowflakes on top and it’s an instant village.
Mr. Snowman is in the center of town.
Love the children swinging on the swingset with buildings all lit up in the background.
This lit tree grouping is perfect for the Town Square too.
Announcing Carols tonight.
Gazebo and lots of little people, even Santa showed up.
Christmas tree lot.
One of my favorite buildings, the Chicken Coop Produce & Gifts.
Reminds me of Mayberry and how fun it would be to live in a little town like this.
Christmas is over for the year and it’s time to start putting things away. When do you un-decorate for Christmas? My goal is to get it put away by New Year’s weekend.
I always feel the need to clean really good after Christmas, do you?
Paula - Mise en scène says
We are with Wendy and follow the traditional calendar, with Advent for the four weeks before Christmas and Christmas beginning on Christmas Eve and extending through Epiphany. We try to keep the decorations up until that day. Since it can be difficult to find a tree on Christmas Eve, we usually buy it earlier; with a real Christmas tree, often the tree doesn’t make it all the way to Epiphany.
The tree will probably come down later this week, but the rest will stay up for a couple of weeks. My sister & I have promised her daughter who is to be home from India for a visit in a couple of weeks. She is working as a teacher to a missionary family. This is her first year away from home, so we wanted to make her visit home special.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN
What a sweet little town… let’s all move there!
I un-decorated, yesterday. I love Christmas decor…But I also love packing it all back. So clean and fresh!
I realize this is my second comment, but I should never write before consuming a pot of coffee.
Your village is wonderful. I want to live there.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
I am so jealous! Can I rent a room in your village? 😉 I’ve always wanted to start my own (small) village, but just don’t have a spot for it yet. I LOVE the way yours is all lit up.
I’m taking everything down on New Year’s Day. My hubs will be doing inventory, so he’ll be gone most of the day and my girls are too little to know we’re not “celebrating” by relaxing on NYD. 😉 I’m ready for a fresh start.
We have a village like that too. . .we are never home on Christmas and this year I really didn’t want to get *everything* out so I asked my kids (6, 7, 9, 11) if they’d rather get all the ornaments out to decorate the tree or the village. They chose the village so we’ve had a lighted tree and a huge lit village as our decorations this year — so fun to put up and look at all season long! Great tip about the styrofoam. . .thanks for passing it along. Glad to hear that others still have their things up. . .still not quite ready to take it all down yet. . .although I am looking forward to the big January cleaning and reorganizing!!!! This is such a good time of the year for that 🙂
Well, I DID grow up in a little town just like that and it was wonderful. It was a little mining town with only one store, no stoplights, no stop signs, a two classroom school. We always had tons of snow and I used to love to get my friends and go Christmas caroling. After Christmas, we would gather up everone”s Christmas trees and have a huge bonfire party next to our skating rink next to my house. Oh, for the olden days. I love to keep my decorations up for awhile after Christmas because it is so hectic before that I don’t get a chance to just sit and enjoy my lights and read a good book.
Very pretty ….
My decorations are all down. I took them down before I left for my Brother’s home on Christmas Eve. I wanted to come back to serenity … and it was wonderful to open the front door and be back to normal!!!
There is something magical about those little villages isn’t there? My sis & her hubby have a huge village but they only displayed about 1/2 of it this year. They are cute but also a chore.
Usually the week after New Year is when I put all the decorations away for another year. I have noticed though that I am putting out less and less decorations with each passing year so the chore of taking down & putting away isn’t that great a task anymore. TFS! Sheila
I don’t have a set time for when I take our Christmas decorations down. This year we will leave them up until mid January as we just put them up last week. Three surgeries between my husband and I in the last three months prevented us from decorating any sooner. I leave my snowmen and little springs of faux evergreen until the end of February.
I JUST carried 7 tubs full to the basement. The giant tub is still in my dining room filled with 2 artificial trees and misc. I need help with that one. I don’t like Christmas deco out after the wrapped gifts are gone. Over and done with in my book. I have a lighted garland full of ornaments around the doorway between rooms and a southern living entertainment bucket on the stand that I hung garland and ornaments on. About the only thing left until after New Years.
I normally take down everything on New Year’s Day. I love your Christmas village!
I’ve never been too into the Christmas villiage thing, but yours is lovely. I think the key is arranging them with a purpose and to tell a story. That’s when they look good and not like Christmas clutter.
I don’t have a village, but think they’re cool! Saw them displayed and lit once in a mag on top of someone’s kitchen cabs, without the people and small decorations & thought they looked nice too!
My parents when they had live trees took it all down New Years Day. By then the tree was pretty dry and my parents were going back to work. Since we don’t have live trees I leave Christmas decorations and trees up into January. One year it was into February before it was taken down. I love having it up after Christmas so I can enjoy it. This year we are leaving for WDW FL at the end of January so I will have to get it all put away by then. Usually I bring in the outdoor decorations first. I love having it all up on New Years Eve and NY Day. After all that work I want to enjoy it.
Teacup Lane (Sandy)
I wish I could decorate the whole year with Christmas stuff too. Will take off all my Christmas decoration after January 6, basically 5 days after New Year. Happy New Year!!
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I have been cleaning all day….but I have 2 big trees up and they will have to wait…at least until next week. the little trees come down fast but on one large tree I have over 1,000 ornaments. Taking that one down is a job..
Your blog is one of my favorites and always love my visits…I am going to be showing some of my favorite blogs soon and this will certainly be one…
I started to take down a few decorations today. I’ll most likely have the tree down by New Years. I get antsy and start turning into a cleaning dynamo around this time of year.