"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Twas the week before Christmas - Day 3

It is December and once again Christmas Village has suddenly appeared. This magical little village only comes out for people to see once a year. On Christmas eve, it comes to life...

It is just a few days until Christmas. There is great excitement in the air along with a great deal of snow. The schoolmaster cancelled school for today. With this much snow, the children would have there mind on other things rather than their numbers and letters.

Peter, Thomas and Luke are happily playing outside in the snow supervised by Mrs. Potts. In the meantime, families rush in and out of the General Store for last minute items needed for the Christmas dinner while carefully avoiding the snowball fight between Thomas and Luke.

But look! Even the raccoons are being naughty! They have gotten into the trash containers while Mrs. Dewhurst is baking the tradition Christmas cake for her husband the vicar's annual Christmas tea. This year she is trying a new recipe. 

Sister Charity is overseeing the arrival of the Yule log and tree for the church. Everything must be just right. Already she has draped a garland with red bows around the church doors. 

Sarah and her lamb are taking a stroll in the snow. Sarah loves the snow so much that she named her lamb Snowflake. 

Christmas trees are being delivered to homes in Christmas village. Families will be very busy turning the trees into magical beauties tonight in time for the celebrations. 

But for now, the villagers arrive by the village green in front of the toy shop to sing carols. Wait...how is that on top of the toy shop? Did Santa pause to hear the singing? 

God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.

A note to those of you new to my blogs...This little village was made especially for me by my mother and sister. It was made as close as possible to the village my mother made when we were children. I loved our village and later she made me one of my own. Each year, I think I love it even more and have been writing a story about Christmas Village each year which you can find from past years on my blog by searching under that name. 


Susan in SC said...

I love your annual stories of the village. I wonder what recipe Mrs. Dewhurst is trying this year?! Let's hope the vicar will like it and not be a topic of his next sermon!

Vicki said...

I felt tears spring to my eyes; such a cute story, and then to think this village was a handmade, loving effort. Can't imagine such a wonderful gift...and beautiful treasure to have each year for Christmas, with updates and new chapters to its saga. Gosh, you all seem like such a wonderful family. You seem to manage to make time count for the right things; something to which I hope to aspire. Merriest of holidays to you!

Rowan said...

Your village is lovely, although it must be a Dutch village it looks remarkably like an old fashioned English village too. I enjoyed your story about all the people who live there:)

Nancy said...

I am really enjoying your village this year and once again the story is wonderful. How you come up with a new one every year, I do not know.
My village is still in the attic. I just lost time and didn't get ready for Christmas this year. I still have to bake cookies. I did finally get packages mailed to Arizona. I am so happy that you get so much happiness out of the village. You made it worth the time to paint it.
Love you, Mom

Anonymous said...

Your story makes the village and villagers come to life. This was such a great gift. I wonder if Santa stopped to pick up some delightful baked goods.

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely story. It makes your village seem almost real. You can almost hear the conversations.

Sonja said...

Elke foto is een schilderij op zich.
One should be able to take a relaxing chair and sit in your 'hal' (hallway?) and it would take a lot of time to admire all the little details of this beautiful town.
And it is a wonderful thought that your mother and sister made this so perfectly!

Unknown said...

What a special treasure. I love your little story. Bringing some life to these villages makes them more fun.

Celestial Charms said...

Ah, the joys of village life during Christmas! Such a lovely village, and enjoyable story. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and lots of health and happiness in the coming year!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tradition and the village is just perfect. I have an extensive village but only one building, the church, was handpainted by my daughter. To have an entire village made by your mother and sister is just unbelievable. And I love the stories.

Marsha said...

I loved the story. Thank you. It made a sad evening better.