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