"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"
from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Happy Saturday! After a really busy week at work I am so looking forward this weekend to finish decorating my house for the holidays. I love the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's, and enjoy creating special little holiday vignettes throughout my home. With the help of my husband we have managed the trickiest part of our decorating...assembling the Dickens Village in our family room. My collection started in 1984 when my best friend gave me one small house--the Candle Shop. I thought it was charming, so next year my husband added another house. And like topsy, so it grew....
From its humble beginnings of several little shops my collection has expanded to cover three long tables! I have to admit, it's a bit of a pain to put it all up (and God bless my husband, whose unenviable task is crawling under the tables, trying to hook up over forty light cords that will eventually plug in to the four outlets we have!). But the end result is sooo worth it and for my family it heralds in the beginning of the holiday season. One of our 'must watch' holiday movies every year is A Christmas Carol. We are partial to the George C. Scott version--his sneering bah humbug is just so...Scroogey! So we have tried to include all the pieces from the story in the collection. In addition, we have also carefully chosen pieces that hold a special memory for us, and today I am sharing a few of those with you. It has indeed become one of my 'favorite things' so I am also sharing it on my friend Claudia's Saturday blog Favorite Things. Please visit her blog today to see a wonderful collection of favorite things by some pretty amazing bloggers!
|Welcome to my version of A Christmas Carol and my Dickens Village!|
|St. Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London--you can see how faithfully Dept. 56 recreates its Dickens pieces!|
|One of my favorite pieces is the beautiful brownstone apartment building on the right. We stayed in Earl's Court in London and loved to walk down the streets, admiring these beautiful old homes.|
|Street view, Earl's Court, London|
|"God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.|
Have a wonderful weekend!
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