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Our Disney Christmas Village

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Many years ago my sister began creating a monster. She took a liking to Department 56 “Dickens Village” pieces and each year she gave us a new one as a Christmas gift.

The collection grew year by year and soon we had a complete intersection . . . then two . . . so they became part of our Christmas tradition. Each year we put up our Dickens Village for the holidays.

Of course, this sort of thing is right up Carol's alley . . . so she added accessories and her personal artistic touches! When there were so many pieces that they began to disappear, one behind the other, she called on me for help. I built a styrofoam base and styrofoam cutouts which elevate the houses in the back, making them more visible.

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The Dickens Village comes out each autumn and throughout the holiday season it adorns the top of my roll-top desk.

You can only imagine Carol's glee when she discovered Department 56's North Pole Series. It has some Disney themed houses! She just had to have a few pieces to add to the Dickens Village . . . NO . . . WAIT . . . that doesn't work. Those North Pole pieces just don't work in a Dickens Village.

What to do? How about a second village?

So I started cutting more styrofoam while Carol collected houses and accessories.

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Now we have a Disney Village which takes over our kitchen hutch every fall. Some of the pieces are Department 56 and some she spotted on Disney shelves and couldn't resist!

Look very closely at all the accessories and you'll see plenty of Disney characters enjoying a holiday wonderland.

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As you wander through the village from left to right you will pass the M & M's Candy Factory, the Disneyland Fire Station, Mickey's House and Piglet's Treehouse.

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Further down the street you will find Geppetto's House, Goofy's House, Cratchit's Cottage and Scrooge McDuck & Marley's Counting House.

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The Reindeer Flying School is conveniently located in front of the Reindeer Feed Store and beside Mickey's Ear Factory.

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At the end of the block you will find the Mickey Mouse Watch Factory and Mickey's Playhouse which features a miniature version of the “Ear-full Tower”.

Carol spends hours every year, arranging each building just so! Then the accessories are added with thoughtful care . . . there are bridges, fences, trees, garland, lights . . . and of course plenty of Disney figures. She even found a spot for the Grinch and some pink flamingos!

It's quite impressive once it's all finished.

After the holidays, Carol agonizes when it's time to take it down. One year it stayed up until the end of January!

I wonder how long it will stay up this year?

The previous post in this blog was The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, Part 5.

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Comments (4)

Judy:

Always enjoy your posts!

Your Christmas displays are beautiful. I have great memories of the Christmas village displays that my aunt would put up each year.

Cate:

We too started our Department 56 collection with Dickens (which now takes over our dining room table). Then we started collecting Snow Village (which sit on top of our book cases and coffee table) and Christmas in the City (which takes over our kitchen table).

A few years ago we discovered what we affectionately call the "Mouse Houses" (which sit in front of our TV). We also have a Tinkerbell Fairy Dust shop and two Cars inspired buildings. While it usually takes me days to put them all up, it wouldn't be the same without those villages.

I love how you've mixed different elements together in your Disney Village. It's gorgeous!

Richelle:

We've just begun to collect pieces for our Disney Village. May I ask how you constructed the styrofoam base? Did you drill holes in it to feed the cords through? Did you cover the styrofoam with anything to make it look like snow? Thanks!

[Gary replies: It is mostly 2" white styrofoam which we cut using a special cutting tool you can order online from Hot Wire Foam Factory. Some pieces have a few channels cut in them to lay the wire in before other pieces are layered on top.

There is nothing added to make it look like snow, just the styrofoam.

Enjoy your village! ]

Kelly M:

How delightful!

I love it and am especially pleased that my favourite little guy Piglet is in there (not nearly enough Piglet merchandise in the parks).

This has made me feel very Christmassy indeed!

Wishing you and Carol very Happy Holidays!

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