Surprise! I am coming to you on a Friday! Hey there amazing Friends! One of my favorite blogging pals, Laura from Duke Manor Farm, invited a few of us to get together today to share something a little more personal: our favorite holiday traditions!
The first thing that came to mind was my Christmas Village.
I don’t usually share mine here, but it is very special to me, and I’ll tell you why.
It’s more than just a group of tiny houses covered in faux snow.
My Mom bought me a David Winters cottage when I was in my early twenties.
I have collected pieces for my village ever since.
From yard sales.
It has grown quite a bit over the years.
When my oldest son was eight, I let him stay up late to help me build the village.
There are a ton of tiny parts, so I appreciated the help.
We stayed up way past our bedtimes, determined to unwrap every piece that night.
And every year since we have stayed up late into the night and sometimes early morning to see it come to life.
Now we look forward to it every Christmas.
It’s always fun to unwrap old favorites…
This year I told Jack that I didn’t think I was going to set up the Christmas village.
With the move and all the updating we’ve been doing to the house, I didn’t even know where it would go.
But he insisted.
And I’m so glad he did.
He’s 15 and he still wanted to build the village with me.
That’s my heart right there.
This time we didn’t stay up late to do it.
But it was still just as fun to see it come to life.
Piece by piece.
It has become our Christmas tradition.
And one that I treasure dearly.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Christmas Village.
I told him that some day he might be carrying on this tradition with his own children…
…with these very same pieces.
Even my youngest helped this year.
He is fascinated by it.
We think it’s pretty awesome too.
Especially at night.
Makes me want to look in all the tiny windows to see what’s going on inside.
Imagining what these townsfolk are saying to one another.
(Note to future self: Iron tablecloth before assembling Christmas Village!)
I don’t usually share our Christmas Village, but I hope you enjoyed it. It has become one of my very favorite holiday traditions!
Don’t forget my friends are also sharing their favorite holiday traditions today!
Do you have a Christmas Village? How about any favorite Holiday traditions? I’d love to hear about them!
Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see ya’ll back here Tuesday with my Christmas living room!
UPDATE: See my living room all decked out for Christmas HERE now! 🙂
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