by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett
We had seen a HUGE Snow Village display at an inn in Vermont and I knew that I wanted one, too. So, I started collecting the individual pieces.
After a couple of years, Mr. L bought a big sheet of plywood that he attached some folding legs to, and I had a place to display my ever-expanding village. As I got more pieces, he built risers so that I could have the residential section above the commercial part of the village. It was very cute!
My Snow Village is the real one from Department 56. I don't think they make them anymore. They started doing all kind of franchise stuff, like with Coke and John Deere, etc. and then it just became too commercial and I stopped buying them. I liked it better when the ceramic buildings were a little more crude ... and a lot more whimsical. But by that time, we also had enough furniture.
With no room to set up the huge table, my Snow Village got retired for a few years. : (
Then I decided that I should set up a part of the village in the library down in the basement. (Not that we ever go in there much.)
The other day I was reading in my favorite spot across from our really big entertainment center and thought -- I could put a few pieces of the village up there. As it turned out, I could fit four (well, really five--one of them came in two parts) pieces up there.
I'm so pleased to see my Snow Village again (or part of it -- a quarter of the buildings are still in storage).
What's your favorite holiday decoration?