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December 19, 2010

Welcome to Snow Village

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Even though there’s no real snow on the ground around here (except for what is left of the dusting from earlier in the week), there is always snow in my living room each Christmas.


I have been collecting the Original Snow Village by Dept. 56 for about 18 years now.  There are many styles of collectible villages out there, but I love the painstaking detail that goes into the Dept. 56 pieces.  I chose this Village from all Dept. 56 offers because of its glossy finish to the buildings, the about 25% larger building size and the huge variety of pieces available.  I started collecting when a local department store went out of business.  I’d estimate my total village size at about 30 lit pieces.  I don’t think I’ve ever displayed my entire collection at once; some pieces have fallen into disfavor or disrepair over the years, and as Dept. 56 improved the pieces over the years, some of the older ones don’t appeal to me as much any more.  In 2008, I displayed the most I’ve ever displayed at once.  There were three “areas” of the village that year: “downtown and the ‘burbs“, “the countryside” and “the boardwalk.”  This year, time got away from me and I downsized to about a dozen favorite pieces with accessories.  I thought I’d take you on a little tour through town.

Like my Christmas tree, my Christmas village contains many pieces that hubby and I chose because they represent some part of our lives.


Here’s the police station and cruiser for hubby.  After a late night, the cruiser has been known to be found running down various citizens of Snow Village or crashing into buildings.  Hubby’s sense of humor goes there.


No explanation necessary! 🙂


This piece was quite the puzzle to get the shot I wanted.  With its multilayer design, I had a hard time getting everything in focus I wanted to show you.  I tried different apertures, flash vs no flash.  I finally got this shot with most of the building fairly focused.  Chinese is a favorite take-out food around here, and I just loved the attention to detail here.  From the gold dragon on top to the table set on the side with decorative lanterns hanging above it, this is probably one of the most detailed pieces I own.


Of course there is a dance studio, with little ballerinas on their way to class.


A greenhouse for my love of gardening


For my love of quilting… and who doesn’t love pie?


 Cows have crept into my village too.  They are not oreo cows, but I love them just the same.

All these pieces surround a little downtown park area I created with the help of some accessories:


Accessories really help bring the village to life:



…Or to un-life as the case may be!  More of hubby’s sense of humor on display here.  A few years ago I woke up Christmas morning to find my village overrun with zombies:

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 Now, I check the village each morning to see  what has come upon the innocent citizens of Snow Village.

I hope you enjoyed your visit!


  1. You’ve certainly given me some ideas that’s for sure… Need to start collecting zombies mefinks… lol… Now THAT is funny… Thanks for the tour K… 😀

    Comment by FS Photography — December 19, 2010 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

    • Hubby has an interesting sense of humor for sure. I admit to looking forward to seeing what he’s done to the village each year!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  2. Now that’s a village! Love the zombies, because sometimes I feel like we’re surrounded by them in real life, too. Thanks for stopping by Mortal Muses today. Hope you visit often!

    Comment by lucy — December 19, 2010 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Lucy, and thanks for stopping by! I will pop in to Mortal Muses from time to time!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  3. What beautiful pictures of your own little Christmas village.

    Comment by Suki — December 19, 2010 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Suki.

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  4. I love your Christmas village! I wish I had the space to “build” one myself, but I wouldn’t know where to put it.
    What’s more work, setting it all up, or putting it all away?

    Comment by thedailyclick — December 19, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! The living room does need a bit of rearranging in order fit Christmas stuff into it, but we are used to the smaller amount of space.
      It is an equal amount of work, I suppose, but putting it away feels like more of a chore than setting it up.

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  5. Your village is absolutely outstanding. What a gorgeous village. I love it! : ) I especially love the snow angel. Too pretty!

    Comment by Life with Kaishon — December 19, 2010 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I love the detail of the snow clinging to the kid who just got up from making the snow angel!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  6. On sloooooow dialup it took several tries and, um, a long walk with the dogs, to download the photos. I love Fenway Park and I think the Writing Studio and Bait Shop would fit in well with Country Quilts and Pie. I feel there is a certain simpatico there.

    OK, the slideshow is still loading, but someday I’ll go over to the library and see it. And someday, when all of us are very old, there will be broadband in Torch Lake Township.

    Comment by Gerry — December 19, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

    • Oh dear! I’m sorry the post is so slow for you! I would be frustrated if I wa still working on dial-up. I don’t know how you manage to blog almost daily with that frustration. I hope you are able to see the slideshow sometime – if you have an interest in zombies!

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  7. Oh, I love the zombies! Too funny! Fenway park is a favorite too. Oh, poor Gerry, I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to go back to dail-up.

    Comment by Becky Sue — December 19, 2010 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

    • Hubby seems to have a bit of an obsession with zombies! He has “theories” about them being grown in Springfield! LOL! (in jest of course – he’s not that much of a madman! 😉 )

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

  8. Okay, where is Boston Gardens? 🙂 The zombies are a nice Nightmare Before Christmas touch.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 20, 2010 @ 9:22 am | Reply

    • Sorry, Scott – I’m not a hockey or basketball fan, so no Gardens! 😉

      Comment by Karma — December 20, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  9. LOL!! I love the zombies and your husband’s sense of humor. You must have a good one, too. 🙂

    I enjoyed the tour through Snow Village and love the way the pieces have story and meaning to them. As I look towards simplifying my life (and getting rid of things), I’ve begun to realize how important it is that the things I surround myself with are like that — having story and/or meaning.

    Comment by Robin — December 21, 2010 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

    • You’d have to have a sense of humor for how long hubby and I have been together! LOL! 😉
      You are right – what is the point in collecting anything if it doesn’t have meaning.

      Comment by Karma — December 21, 2010 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  10. Lol! That’s one cute village! Not sure about the zombies (your husband and mine are both into Zombies…)!

    Comment by Val Erde — December 22, 2010 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • Funny how zombies have become fashionable, isn’t it?
      Thanks for stopping by today Val!

      Comment by Karma — December 22, 2010 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  11. Love your little village, Karma! Zombies and police cars are IN. (You keep an eye open for our Santas and Snowmen. They may crash the party next year…You know they like to come visiting. :))

    Comment by Kathy — December 27, 2010 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. Your Santas and Snowmen are adorable. Do you ever actually play tic-tac-toe with them?

      Comment by Karma — December 27, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

      • Never played tic-tac-toe…YET! Although maybe Kiah did?
        Glad you like the fellas!

        Comment by Kathy — December 28, 2010 @ 8:53 am

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