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Updated on October 4, 2014

Christmas Villages and Christmas Scenes

Christmas Villages in our home bring out nostalgic memories of Christmas's past.

No one can look at these pieces and not help but wonder what life is life in this winter wonderland.

You take the figurines and buildings and arrange them as you would like your town to be, then you can rearrange as often as you like.

Should the children be building a snowman near the school or maybe on the front yard of one of the homes in the village?

Take a step back in time if only for a few weeks a year.

You'll also find that over the years your collection becomes a part of your tradition and becomes more and more important in help setting the mood of the season.

For the most interesting and largest selection of Christmas Villages, Scenes and Christmas Village Accessories please visit Christmas Villages at Amazon

Raphies House From A Christmas Story and Department 56

Ralphies house is the cornerstone of this humorous Christmas tale. From the Leg Lamp award in the window to the lights and tree outside you'll feel as though you are reliving the warmth and love that the holiday season brings.

A Christmas Story reminds me of Christmas when I was growing up.

Well I guess "many of us" relate to it since there are so many baby boomers.

Christmas may have seemed simpler in those days, but Ralphie can tell you they were just as much fun.

Here you can have a recreation of the houses that are in the movie "A Christmas Story".

Although only a few are shown here, there are many more available. Just click on any of of the "A Christmas Story" Christmas Village houses and you'll be able to see the full collection.

In this section you'll find my most favorites ones like Ralphies House, The Chop Suey Palace & Higbee Department Store, but your favorites may be different.

Photo courtesy Amazon.com

A Christmas Story Collectible Buildings

Here are just a few of the many different collectibles from A Christmas Story.

What I really like about the collectibles based on A Christmas Story is that in addition to the buildings they also have many individual pieces so you can create themes inside of themes.

For example: if you favorite part of the movie was when Ralphie's brother Randy gets bunny PJ's as his gift you'll be able to find an accessory showing Rany wearing the PJ's.

Or maybe the Dad's award that was in the shape of a leg lamp is your highlight, you'll find several different accessories to choose from.

This way you can have your main theme - A Christmas Story and then break out little scenes from the movie. Each year to can add to your collection as your children find their favorite parts.

What do you do if wild dogs come charging into your kitchen and eat your turkey right off of the kitchen table?
Of coarse you would go out to dinner at the Chop Suey Palace

Enjoy the Excitement of a World's Fair With Gold Label World's Fair Villages

The Gold Label Worlds Fair Miniature Villages could also be seen as summer carnival rides.

Who doesn't remember the fun of riding the Carousel with all of it's music and mystical creatures or the excitement of the Roller Coaster.?

Maybe rides over the year may have become scarier but none are more enjoyable than those in days gone by.

There are several different rides and attractions available but my favorite one is the Parachute Ride.

Nope, I've never ridden on one but some of my fondest memories that I have is when I would go to Coney Island beach with my family and you could see the Parachute Jump as you walked down the boardwalk.

Christmas Villages
Christmas Villages

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" version By John Mahoney

Christmas Village Accessories & Christmas Village Sets - Delightful accessories for your Christmas scenes to add more dimension and interest

Merry & Bright Christmas Tree Village Accessory Set by The Bradford Exchange
Merry & Bright Christmas Tree Village Accessory Set by The Bradford Exchange

What I really like about this set is that the design seems to work with all types of villages. Many accessory packs only work well with one particular brand or company but this one would work well with many, just be sure to check the size of your village set to see how these accessories scale up.

 
Department 56 Accessories for Villages Main Street Stop Lights Accessory Figurine
Department 56 Accessories for Villages Main Street Stop Lights Accessory Figurine

Add an extra dimension to your layout with unique lightening. Mix and match styles to set your town apart from others.

 
Department 56 Tinsel Trim Bright Green (Set of 12)
Department 56 Tinsel Trim Bright Green (Set of 12)

Now it's time to decorate and truly add a final touch.

Wreaths and garland add a homey and realistic feel to your pieces.

 

Christmas Village Houses

Always remember to have fun when creating your Christmas scenes.

Move houses and accessories around and don't be afraid to mix and match styles and themes. It's your fantasy. If you like a particular House, building or accessory but it doesn't quite match the set you currently have - who cares - it's your fantasy land.

Ralphies house from "A Christmas Story" could be placed near a Carnival ride or Scrooge's house.

At one time it was expected to always keep within the same manufacturer and the same theme, but as the collections grew more and more popular, many different want to stick to just one theme, they wanted to add whatever they though reminded them of their past or places they always wanted to visit.

For example: With our Christmas scene set up we pretty much stayed with "A Christmas Story" theme, but then my Mom passed away and I remember how much she loved taking us to Coney Island and the year they she spent in Paris as a child. So in addition to our small scene from "A Christmas Story" we have added a few carnival & World's Fair pieces and although I could not find an Eiffel Tower that was part of a Christmas Village, I did find an Eiffel Tower statue that was about the right size and have it about 2 feet away, so it looks as though it's off in the distance with the carnival rides.

At night when the house is dark and quiet, I enjoy lighting all the buildings and street lamps and it brings me back to when I was a child - your scene should give you the same sweet memories.

It may sound silly to some collectors, but to me each piece represents a part of my life and memories & I could not be happier sitting and thinking about the past.

Do You Have a Special Christmas Memory That You Would Like To Share With Us?

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    • blujeanmomma profile imageAUTHOR

      blujeanmomma 

      4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      @paintballmom9: I don't live anywhere near a tornado zone and can't imagine the fear and heartache that they create. I feel so bad that you have lost a cherished possession and do hope that everyone that you know had escaped without incident.

      I am not familiar with the set that you talk about and this may be due to the fact that Walgreens often has items created just for them. The closest that I have seen is the frosted series from Dept 56 but the pieces are sold individually and are probably larger.

      There is also a brand called Traditions which had their items packed in red and white boxes. I checked eBay and was not able to find any but you may want to check it out again ans items often come and go there.

      What you may want to try to it may be a longshot is to write to Walgreens headquarters and tell them your story.

      You may come across an employee that remembers the set and may even know where to locate one. It's the perfect time of year to appeal to the kinder side of people and they may go out of their way to help you.

      You could try their website first as they have several points of contact. If they can not help you I would try writing and possibly include some copies of photos of the tornado in your area along with your story. Not many people write physical letters now-a-days so you may get special attention.

      I do hope that you find what you are looking for and wish you the best of luck.

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      paintballmom9 

      4 years ago

      I am looking for a Christmas Village that Walgreens had many years ago. It was of Santa's house or workshop and the elves house and reindeer barn. It was kind of frosted and the boxes were red and white. I had them but lost them in a tornado that destroyed the building they were in and now I can't remember the name. Thanks.

    • blujeanmomma profile imageAUTHOR

      blujeanmomma 

      4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      carlos-s-nchez ,

      I have just checked Amazon and they have a few (4) different versions of the ice skating scene. Since popular items can come and go quickly they may have more or less when you do a search there.

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      carlos-s-nchez 

      4 years ago

      I am looking for the "ice skating" christmas scene.

      I am interested in buying it.

      Do you know where I can acquire it?

      Thanks so much (e-mail: silcecar@gmail.com)

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      askformore lm 

      5 years ago

      Well, Christmas is over now. But your lens has many items that are useful all the year. Thanks!

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      curious0927 

      6 years ago

      I love to cruise your lenses. I have always wanted to have an area in my home to build one, and add to it every year! You have done a superb job here! Blessed!

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      nyclittleitaly 

      6 years ago

      I have many Christmas villages that I display on Christmas

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      cornercurio3 

      6 years ago

      your lens sure was fun to visit this morning, thank you indeed.

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      corner curio cabinet

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      CanadaREVIEW 

      6 years ago

      I love the little fair! I have a christmas village in storage, I miss having it out on display but I will have to wait until I get my own place! Thanks for sharing!

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      Track29 

      7 years ago

      I just love to ride trains during the Christmas holiday. I love the whole Christmas village scene too. I wish I could combine them!

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      funcook 

      7 years ago

      I love Christmas villages - it's like playing doll house for grown-ups!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Looks good. We have been displaying Christmas villages at home for years! Thumbs up!

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      TheMonsterToySh1 

      7 years ago

      Great Lens, keep up the good work!

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      squid-janices7 

      7 years ago

      I haven't put my Dickens Christmas village up in years, but this makes me want to get back to it. Lovely lens.

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      Sojourn 

      7 years ago

      I've always been enchanted with small Christmas villages especially these old, sort of paper mache houses that were passed down from mother-in-law. They're the smallest little village set and we love to set them up with cotton fluff as snow and put a little ice skating rink nearby. So much fun!

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      Louis Wery 

      7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      I remember the Christmas village that my grandmother displayed. We still have some of the tiny houses. Very special!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      We used to have several Christmas villages when we were younger. I still love them!

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      jlshernandez 

      8 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by Christmas villages. All miniaturization and details boggles my mind. I know a friend who has an extensive collection in a custom-made curio cabinet that lights up all the villages. It was just WOW! Great lens.

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      Jeanette 

      8 years ago from Australia

      These are so quaint. I especially love the Thomas Kinkade cottages.

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      Bradshaw LM 

      8 years ago

      There is no way I'm going to tell my mom about this page - she'll be on me to buy EVERYTHING for her! She has a couple of Christmas villages and dozens of figurines and assorted Xmas decorations that she's itching to get put up immediately after Halloween ends.

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