I decided to bring out my Dickens Village pieces and use them again. It's been a long time since I've put them out. I decided to use the Étagère to stage some of the pieces on to it. I couldn't use everything I have but I was happy to get as much on there as I did.
I collected the Dept. 56 Village pieces for a number of years like so many of us did and eventually stopped displaying it. I think once the kids were out of the house it seemed less fun but truthfully I still enjoy seeing them.
I'll start from the top down. I placed the church on top with some faux greens and brick walls. That's the fun part of building these scenes- using the little extras and snow which ties it together so nicely!
I love to create the scenes...your mind can make it's own story up!
I've always been a fan of the "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens and the story about Ebenezer Scrooge. I remember seeing it as a little child and being so frightened by Marley's Ghost!
The Ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley who visits to warn him that if he doesn't change his ways his future will be like his bound in chains and an unbearable purgatory. Marley informs him that he will have three spirits visit him that evening. The hope is that Ebenezer will take heed and change his ways.
The first visit is from the Ghost of Christmas Past which shows Ebenezer Scrooge how he once was a happy young man in love and the best times when he was working for Mr. Fezziwig before he became obsessed about money and lost his compassion for his fellow man. He begs her not to show him anymore as it hurts to much to remember it again.
The 2nd visit is from the Ghost of Christmas Present who takes him around to see his delightful young nephew Fred and his employee Bob Cratchit where he learns about a severe health problem that plagues little Tiny Tim.
The 3rd visit is from the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come where he shows him he will die and no one will care about him. By now he's begging to know if he changes his way will he be able to alter the future.
It's a classic tale and the message still holds true.
These next scenes are to depict people out shopping and enjoying themselves
Peddling their wares!
The train station bringing people home and taking people away on holiday!
A coach arrives with more travelers
Families seeing each other again!
Outside of the city is a skating pond
Bob Cratchit has brought Tiny Tim for a little outing!
A father and mother encourage their daughter to learn how to skate!
The market for fish
Supplies for the visiting fishing ships
I always enjoy looking at the villages lit up at night....adds to the fantasy!
I would like to thank my production assistant Teddy. He was involved in every step...and I mean every step!! LOL....
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