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Sunday, December 6, 2015

All Aboard!

Today I'll begin arranging the Holiday village that consumes my living room. It all began in 1994 with tiny ceramic houses and buildings. Today I'll be adding some, that I've made from cardboard templates, and then painted. I like the rustic simplicity of the handmade ones. Might as well throw in some cardboard trees.

The big item is my train. I have to lay the tracks carefully before arranging the village. 

The one in this video is really nice but it takes a lot of room, and extra building. You'll notice a wall shelf with tracks. Maybe in the future, when I figure out how to do something like that. (maybe). 

I hope you enjoy the video, and the music!  

Is there a special hobby you entertain during the Christmas season?

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    1. If you're calling me eccentric - I am truly flattered!

      I do this to avoid going the tree route. The village can stay up all winter!

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  2. That's excellent and quite beautiful!

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    1. This family did a great job - lots of hours.

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    2. Yes, the work shows. I think it's WONDERFUL. I checked out a library book by a couple who had built high cat walkways, cat tunnels from room to room, and many other fun cat things for their numerous cats. It looked like cat heaven, and I just had the thought that you could have your railroad run through cat tunnels and over cat bridges, etc., but you might need to “Look out below!”

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  3. Wow, that must've taken a lot of time. Is yours up high like that?

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    1. No. I would have to hire someone to put the shelves in. It is amazing!!

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  4. Wow, that is sure all out. The cats would go bonkers trying to get it way up high like that lol

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    1. Funny but I thought about cats as I watched this. Wouldn't that be a hoot!?

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    2. Yes, but pessimist that I am, I also imagine that it could lead to a derailment and the death of many innocent passengers.

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    3. No, I don't want injured passengers!

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  5. I've always liked Christmas villages -- especially if they have a train too! It's the ultimate holiday whimsy, I think.

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    1. I have three trains of different sizes. It's fun.

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  6. Magical! Simply magical. And so much fun. A tremendous amount of hard work and love have gone into your elevated train and village. Thanks so much for posting the video.

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  7. I'd like to have a train layout with villages and all. First I need a bigger house to put it in. I suppose I could go for an elevated track layout, but I'd either have to figure out how to be that handy or hire a handy person to set it all up.

    Okay, never mind. Can't afford it right now.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  8. Merry Christmas, Dixie. You are one clever lady. I'm impressed! My husband and I have talked about doing the same thing for years, but never seriously. Now here it is for real. We have the Christmas village, just need the train. Already have the inspiration. Thanks!

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  9. such fun, such fun! I had such village in LET IS SNOW book that I translated earlier this year :) They even ended up in prison wanting to buy new pieces for it.
    I don't decorate my residence since I don't have a family, but I'd sure would enjoy it.

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  10. Now that I own my home, and have filed bankruptcy and gotten rid of all the stressful debt, I'm hoping to come up with a holiday hobby that grows over the years. And entertains the grandchildren no matter how old they get. My dad had his special Christmas setting, but since he passed away it isn't the same just to set it up and look at it. Its cool that you have so much creativity to put into the season.

    I did like the video. Way cool. I watched the ad too; a wells fargo thing (I think) with the snowmen giving the horses carrots to get them through the snowy lane. Made my heart smile.

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  11. Dixie, I have the Dept. 56 New England village. It's not very large, but it's plenty for our tight quarters. This is the first Christmas I did not set it out; I just didn't want to deal with it. I know I"m going to regret it, but it's a little to late to worry about that now. lol I love how the train is on a track in the video! Years ago, we had a Swenson's Ice Cream parlor and they had a train that went along the perimeter of their shop like this and it was hugely popular with all the patrons. I'm glad you were able to add to and set your village out. I know how much fun that sort of thing is AND next year I will be sure to put mine out. :D Merry Christmas, my dear!

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  12. My problem with a village is that I would want to keep it out all year and add to it.

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