Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Outdoing Myself at Decorating

The same spirit which motivated me to unpack my 16 year old wedding gifts last summer has now motivated me once again. If this keeps happening, there is no telling what the future of my basement looks like.

When we were first united in wedded bliss, my parents gave us several pieces of the Department 56 New England Village series. During those same years, Checkered's mom gave us a few pieces of the Dickens Village series. Then his dad and stepmother gave us a few more pieces.

Our true delight in receiving those gifts in no way influenced our decision to carefully pack away every single one of those pieces for a time when:

~we would have room to display them properly,
~we would not have babies or toddlers who would delight in destroying exploring each piece ,
~we would have a complete collection to display.

Once in a grand while, I would accidentally see one of those boxes and think, "Just a few more years and I'll be able to open it!" It did seem tragic that at the rate I was going, I would be ready to open the boxes and display the pieces about the same time we would need to liquedate our belongings and move into assisted living.

Enter peer pressure and perhaps an admission of my languishing basement-kept villages. Alas, I now have a small New England Village living on the landing of my stairs. The bright orange utility cord running up the wall can be, if you squint just right, a vertical power line. It's those small touches that make my decorating so very special.

We can't wait until another 16 years passes so I can unpack the Dickens Village which remains safely packed away in the basement. Just a little something to look forward to in 2025.


claudia said...

Oh, do I know this story all too well. Only my procrastination is due procrastination. I have a rather large village waiting for me in my "Christmas" closet to unpack it. That and there is NO room for a village anywhere on my premises.
I will just peek in on this post from time to time through the holidays and enjoy your village.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are so darn funny. I love your power line and your little village. I want one of these...but I think my cats would destroy it, and lord knows those cats will live until 2025 as well!!!

Menopausal New Mom said...

The village is gorgeous and do I ever hear you on the little ones destroying your decorations. I have a 3 1/2 year old who spends hours each day moving around the ornaments on the bottom of the Christmas tree. All my good glass ornaments are boxed away for the next 10 years!

Betty W said...

I love those little villages! Unfortunately we don´t have them here. So DO NOT wait another 16 years to put them out! Enjoy them! :)

Lawyer Mom said...

Congrats on 16 years!

Nancy C said...

"It's those small touches that make my decorating so very special."


Anti-Supermom said...

Hee-hee, I know all to well exactly what you are saying.

It looks great, congratulations on the motivation :)

mom x 2 said...

Oh I just love those villages. But my favorite part of Christmas decorations absolutesly has to be the orange power cords!

Decadent Housewife said...

Those villages are so pretty. Glad it finally got out of the box.

betty said...

so very nice and festive! glad this was the year you could take them out of the boxes and enjoy them :)


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Love these! We have them too!