Christmas villages are a wonderful way to build up excitement during the days leading up to Christmas. One fun way to set up your village is to assemble it piece by piece by adding a building or accessory figurine to your village scene each day starting the day after Thanksgiving or on December 1st. This method of putting together the Christmas village is great fun, especially for children. It serves as a sugar-free advent calendar of sorts and it is fabulously entertaining to watch your Christmas scene grow day by day. On Christmas Eve, you can make the final addition of the year with a grand reveal of a new holiday village collectible. This tradition could replace that of each family member opening a present on Christmas Eve. If you plan ahead, you can also take advantage of after Christmas sales and purchase your "big" building after the holiday and put it into storage to be taken out for the first time the next year (if you can resist opening it up, that is). Not that I didn't love opening up my new pajamas every year, but I think that a Christmas building might have been a smidge more fun.
There is no better time than the present to start a new Christmas tradition in your family that can be passed down to your children and then their children. In fact, another facet to building your Christmas village as a family is to purchase village pieces for each child, as one of their gifts each year, that they can take with them when they move away and start a family of their own. In many cases, young couples just starting out may not be able to afford to purchase large quantities of holiday decorations, but if one or both of them have a few holiday village pieces already, it will make it that much easier for them to continue this Christmas tradition in their own home.
If you are looking for a unique gift, Christmas villages collectibles make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for those important people in your life. And, each year when they unpack their holiday village collection, they will remember you fondly. Christmas village elements are available in a broad price range and can be easily fitted into your holiday budget. To save money on Christmas villages, be sure to look online. Online vendors tend to have the largest selection available at the most reasonable prices. The Christmas villages produced by Department 56, Thomas Kinkade, and Lemax are higher quality products than those found in craft or hardware stores. The prices for these pieces reflect the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail and they typically maintain higher values in the collectibles market, especially retired Christmas figurines. For example, some of the original Department 56 Christmas village buildings that sold for around $15 - $25 in the mid 1970s and early 1980s are now, 30 years later, selling for hundreds of dollars!
Department 56 is one of the premiere makers of holiday villages and has been in business since 1976 when they first issued six buildings in what is now known as the Original Snow Village collection. Now, more than 30 years later, they make hundreds of buildings, figural scenes, and accessories in a number of different village themes that appeal to a wide audience. Dept 56 villages are crafted of high quality porcelain with attention paid to every detail. Department 56 buildings and other village elements are made to be historically and architecturally accurate to reflect the nature of the scene they are reflecting.
Some Christmas village collectibles, especially those made by Department 56, do tend to sell out quickly so if you see something that you love, be sure to order it early so you don't miss out!
I love decorating for the holidays and each year look forward to putting up my Christmas villages collection with my family. My particular favorite Department 56 Christmas village is the Dickens village series. If you are interested in learning more about the different Christmas villages,