Monday, December 15, 2008

It takes a (Christmas) village

Each December, some of my favorite decorations to put up are my Christmas villages. This year, I did two. Would you like to see them?

Oh good, because it just so happens that I'm joining Boomama's Christmas tour of homes by taking you today on a tour of my Christmas villages. Let's get started!


Sunday morning and Pastor Bob stands outside the church to greet everyone.


Since he likes to buy candy and flowers for his wife, I've conveniently placed Chelsea's right next to the church.


A few shops, with the pharmacy in the back.


I hear this Bed and Breakfast is fully booked a year in advance.


Here's some last-minute shopping made easy.


Please pretend along with me that the little old lady could actually fit through the door of the grocery store. Without going in sideways and in a horizontal position, that is. :)


Ice skating at the tree lot today sounds like a lot of fun. And look, it's not too crowded!


If you're not the outdoors type, how about going for a visit to the museum?


I do believe this is how Toys'R'Us got started. Ah, the nostalgia!


I've always wanted to try my hand at pottery. And going down a sleigh with a friend!


Jacques the baker is giving away three loaves of bread today. Please pick moi!


I can see for miles and miles...


Every village needs a school, and this one is very special because it allows and even encourages prayer. :)


Although I didn't put up a village in my tearoom, I did move in this cute little green house.


The view from the side is even better!

That's about all I have to show you today, except that Boomama's guidelines mentioned leaving a Christmas recipe in our post. If you're here today for the first time, then you've missed my recent White Christmas Fudge recipe but you'll find it only a couple of posts down. And it just so happens I have some ready...


I hope you've enjoyed your tour today. Click here to see Boomama's decorations and to peak into the homes of her other participants. I can't wait to visit everyone!

62 comments:

Holly said...

Love your village. I hope to paint my own some day!

ohhollyf said...

White Christmas Fudge, wow !

Lone Butterfly said...

What a cute Christmas Village! I've always envied people who have villages, but have never found one that I loved for myself.

I like how you've positioned all the people around - very cute and a perfect addition to the Tour of Homes. Thanks for letting us visit!

Carol said...

Awww...I love your village. Thanks for sharing with us.

Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful houses & shops in you Christmas village! The candy looks so yummy!
Blessings,
Carol

PEA said...

Omigosh, your village is absolutely delightful!! All the houses made me smile with their wonderful details and whimsy...makes me want to live in such a village...right next to the bakery please! hehe xoxo

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Very festive, I love your little village!
Valerie

Susan B said...

What a cute post! I love your village, and the people that live there. Thank you for sharing it!

Becky said...

Your villages look so gorgeous! I looked up your candy recipe and oh my goodness, it sounds soooo easy! Can't wait to try it! Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

I love your village collection! The fudge looks so good!! Thanks for the tour! Merry Christmas!!

Maria said...

Thank you for stopping by my "home" this afternoon. It's always fun to have visitors! Love the village! Thank you for the tour...so quaint!
Have a fantastic Christmas!

Becky said...

Your village is wonderful! It reminds me completely of Mitford, where Father Tim and his friends walk from here to there greeting one another on a wintery day. Hope owns the bookstore and Velma and Percy will pour you a cup of coffee when you need to warm up.

Uncle Billy will call you over to tell you a joke, and Louella will cover you in a big, warm hug!

It is just charming!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful village.

Thank you for your comment on my blog and for praying for my son.

Blessings,
Tammy

"Dove" said...

Setting up our village is one of my favorite parts of Christmas too! Yours is really charming. I think the tree lot is my favorite. :) Don't you wish you could live in a little town like that?

nikkicrumpet said...

That is a beautiful village...I love all the details that went into each little building. I think you could sit and stare at it all day and still find new things you hadn't noticed. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

RN and OSHP said...

Love your village!! So cute!

Lora said...

Melody,
I'd like to book a stay at your B&B - it looks charming!
Thank you kindly for stopping by my home today and for your kind words.
Peace and joy,
Lora

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love your village. I have all the parts to build one, but we just haven't ever gotten around to it. You've inspired me to get mine done. Thanks for the visit!

Joanne said...

What a lovely display. I have always wanted to start a collection like this.

Thanks for the yummy fudge.

Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

I love your village, it makes me want to live there.
I'm going to have to try making that White Christmas Fudge.

Carol:)

Farrah said...

Oh I love it!!! I told my husband that is the next thing I would like to start on collecting.

I especially love the church. Little churches like that hold a special place in my heart.

Thank you for stopping by yesterday!

Blessings for your Christmas!

Elena said...

I love your villiage and all your captions! So, cute. Your fudge looks really yummy!

anti-supermom said...

What a fun tour - My preschooler would love to have this, my toddler would love to destroy this.

It's really beautiful.

Thanks for visiting my blog, it's so nice to meet new friends.

Amy said...

Oh how I wish I had room to display a village! Your's looks so great! Merry Christmas!!!

Susan B said...

Hi Melody,
I have an award for you at my blog! Please come visit. Thanks.

Carrie said...

we inherited a village from my husband's poppa...maybe one day mine will be as pretty as yours!

Cyndi said...

seeing your village makes me sad I didn't put it out this year. I have a ton and you know how much work that is so I skipped this year and the first thing my husband said was no village??? Merry Christmas

Penelope.. said...

What a great village.. Wish I had room for one....

Katie said...

How cute is that?! Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment! :)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Thank you for coming over to tour my home! With all the homes on tour I feel blessed you spent some of your time visiting me!

I love you little village- Boy I wish I had a greenhouse like the one you showed- how fun would that be in the middle of winter to have one- reminds me of poor frosty getting trapped in one!

blessings
mary

Diane@Diane's Place said...

If I had room to display a village it would certainly be something I'd collect! I love to see how other people decorate for Christmas with theirs and yours is particularly gorgeous, Melody. :o)

Hope you have a joyous holiday season, my friend.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Love and hugs,

Diane

Charm and Grace said...

I love Christmas villages and yours is so lovely! ...so many interesting little shops and buildings. Thanks for the tour and for stopping by my blog.

Merry Christmas!
Christi

His Doorkeeper said...

Thanks for coming over to my home tour! I love your village. I see you love a tea party. Wish I could invite you to one I'm going to tomorrow morning!!

Lovely post! Have a Merry Christmas!
Blessings to you and your family!

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely collection. I want to live in your village!

Lora said...

What a great village! Thanks for sharing it.

Merry Christmas!

Gretchen said...

What a sweet storyline for your village, Melody. And I would like perhaps just a tiny p.l.a.t.e of that delicious fudge. :)

Erin said...

Your Christmas village is so great! I love villages. They remind me of Christmases past! Beautiful

Millie said...

Your village is so cute! I have a very soft spot for villages. When Dept 56 first came out with them, I loved them on first sight, and very sheepishly bought one, thinking everyone would laugh at the middle aged woman buying "toys". Little did I know how popular they would become.
Yours is so thoughtfully laid out and I like your story with it.

Sharon Mackenzie said...

Hi & greetings from Australia! The sweet treat on my blog is called Chocolate Crackles. They are made with a breakfast cereal called " Rice bubbles" or Kellogs rice bubbles or breakfast bubbles.
4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups icing sugar ( powdered sugar)
250g copha ( Unsweetened)
Method
combine rice bubbles, coconut, cocoa powder & icing sugar in a large bowl. Melt copha in microwave or over low heat. Add to dry ingedients. Mix well. Spoon into paper patty cases. Set in fridge.
They are a real fav over here for childrens partys. Give them a go. you will love them.
I love your Christmas village! collection!

Elise said...

Thank you for visiting my blog!! I love your Christmas village!!
Merry Christmas!!
Elise

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Thanks for posting all your village collection! I'm always amazed at how detailed they can be. Merry Christmas!

Carrie J said...

I love your village. It is so adorable. I painted one from the little village houses that Wal Mart has sold for the past few years. I haven't unpacked it this year.
Your fudge looks delicious.
Thanks for your comments about my tree pictures.
I'll be back to check out your blog asap. Looks like there is lots of interesting info.
Have a wonderful Christmas.
Carrie

Denise K. said...

What a pretty village and I so enjoyed the story behind each one! I also your tea room, and would love to join you and your readers for a cup of tea on a crisp wintery day! :-)

Chatty Kelly said...

What a great village. Have a merry Christmas!!!

Lynette said...

Your Christmas village is so charming. How fun.

Kelli said...

Thank you for having us over! Your Christmas villages are wonderful!
~Kelli

Brenda Susan said...

What a fun tour of your home/village?! Ha! It was fun to see them up close & personal. And thanks for coming by my home & leaving a kind comment!

Liz said...

Love your village!

DeeDee said...

Love your villages...
and I could really use some of that White Choc fudge looks
"yummy".

Sweet Blessings
and Merry Christmas!
DeeDee

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, a fellow Christmas Village lover - I am so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could come over here and see your wonderful place! Your village is amazing! It really does transport me to a whole different time and place...seems like a perfect place to celebrate Christmas.

Your blog is so fun - I will have to stop back in!

ellen b said...

Hello Melody,

What a wonderful village you've collected! That candy looks so yummy! Merry Christmas!!

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
Love your village.
Very cute!!!!

Karen said...

Melody, I LOVE seeing your village. I didn't put mine up this year. We're in a new house and I just couldn't find a "natural" spot to put it and decided to wait til next year. Now, I wish I had! Thanks for stopping by my place. I like Nat King Cole's Christmas music too:)

Shannon said...

Beautiful village! I loved it!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! You can come for tea anytime:) Maybe we should have a blog tea party where everyone sits down and shares a blog post and a cup of tea together-a virtual tea party! Your village is lovely. I look forward to future visits on your blog. Merry Christmas and God bless!

Amydeanne said...

gorgeous! i love your village. I think we need a set like that to create some wonderful memories!

thanks for the delicious fudge! white is our favorite!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Melody, your village is so precious, I particularly enjoyed the candy shop outside the church :). There's your white fudge recipe, I've been thinking about fudge all day.....

Christmas Blessings,
Kathi :)

Stephanie said...

I love your village, the details in each of the little houses is amazing, I wish I could live there! Thank you for your lovely comments about my creations. xx

Tea Time With Melody said...

Great village, I have one too. It's a lot of fun to put it together and make my little towns here and there all over the house. Every year when it gets close to Christmas and a few days afterwards I go and scarf up all the houses and accessories at less then 50% for next year!

Karen said...

Your Christmas village is just adorable. I have one myself but never seem to have the time to display all the pieces. Some year!
Thanks for sharing all your photos and the fudge looks so yummy!
I hope you and your family have a beautiful Christmas.

Our Red House said...

I love your village, especially your big little old lady. I wish I could have one, but they are very expensive in Australia ( often $60-$80 + per item) so I have never begun to collect any of the little shops or houses.

Kate

Derrick said...

Very nice !

May I suggest some very easily made and cheap home made trees on your village display as it will add texture.

Check out my villages over the years at webshots/iamback 107, specially the ones I have built into an 8 ft. Christmas Tree.

Cheers
Derrick from Sydney, Australia