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                       hristmas village displays are a beautiful ad-
                       dition to any holiday home. They are often
                       placed beneath the Christmas tree but can be
                placed on mantles, countertops, and other areas.
                Small vignettes can be created on side tables or other
                surfaces around the house to add the charm and
                wonder of Christmas to any room. Some families
                have a large display and then several vignettes in
                unexpected places. How you decorate with them
                is up to you.

                The Christmas village tradition was brought into
                my life by my husband whose family did this every
                year. It has been a tradition for me to buy him a new
                piece for «his» village each Christmas. Generally I      Christmas at our house. (c)marye Audet 2008
                try to get something that represents the year that
                is passing. The special piece was a recruiter’s office       The History of Christmas Village
                the year our son joined the Air Force.                                   Displays
                In this way the size of our village has built up un-     Christmas village displays are a wonderful tradition
                til it is huge. Our children and grandchildren look      that began with the Moravian tradition of putting a
                forward to seeing it every year.                         Nativity set or Putz beneath the tree. Over time the
                                                                         Nativity scenes became more and more elaborate
                                                                         and by the late 1700s could be found on mantles
                                                                         and china cabinets as well as under trees.

                                                                         As the trend caught on people would spread straw,
                                                                         dirt, pebbles, and other items to make the scene
                                                                         look more and more realistic. The scenes started to
                                                                         contain other Bible stories like Noah’s Ark. Crafts-
                                                                         men would carve animal figures, sometimes hun-
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                                                                         dreds, to be placed near the Ark scenes.

                                                                         By the mid 1800s these scenes were becoming more
                                                                         popular, more elaborate, and more secular. People,
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                were often used. During Victorian times the villages     policies. Check feedback and see what others say
                were often given more honor than the tree. People        about the seller and his items.
                sent hours setting everything up just right every
                year. By the early part of the 1900s toy trains were     Everyone has to start somewhere. Just choose a few
                added to these small, bustling, cities.                  pieces every year and soon you will have a huge
                                                                         display that the neighbors oooh and ahhh over every
                Japan began mass producing inexpensive cardboard         year. Store the houses in the original boxes, tagged
                houses and other buildings after World War II. These     with the dae you bought them for easy identification.
                buildings had holes cut into them so that Christmas
                lights could be inserted to make them look more          Most of all, have fun!
                real. Cellophane was used for windows. Now nearly
                anyone could afford these houses that flooded the
                market and they became more popular than ever.

                In the early 1970s Department 56 and other compa-
                nies began creating these village pieces in porcelain
                and ceramic. They were even more popular than
                the cardboard homes had been and collectors floc-
                ked to stores to buy them. Every year they retired
                some pieces and introduced new ones to keep the
                items collectible. Today these collectible Christmas
                houses can go for hundreds of dollars when they
                are in good condition.

                        Collecting Antique Houses
                You can often find these antique houses made of          It is also gorgeous at night. (c) Marye Audet 2008
                cardboard on eBay and once in awhile you will find
                the very old hand carved items from the earlier
                centuries. Prices at Christmas time are understan-
                dably more than at other times of the year so if you
                want to start collecting these items try to wait until
                January!



                Even so the prices can be reasonable. The vintage
                cardboard houses from the late 1940s and 1950s can
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                often be found for 25.00 or less, while hand made
                fences and accessories form earlier times tend to
                start at around 50.00. As always ask lots of questions
                and be sure that you understand the seller’s return
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Description: Christmas village displays can be placed nearly anywhere to add Christmas cheer. Find out the history and how to create a christmas village of your own.