Show and Tell Friday...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Show and TellToday I'm showing my Christmas Department 56 Village Collection. I have seven lighted houses...I love each house, but especially the "Apple Valley Schoolhouse."

When Olivia was just 5 years old, the Colonel took her shopping and had her pick out the house to purchase that year. And since she was in kindergarten, she picked the schoolhouse. They had it wrapped at the store and she placed it under the tree when they got home, I could tell how excited she was!

On Christmas Eve when my family was over and we were about to exchange gifts she ran and brought me "her" present to me. I told her, "No, we're going to open those presents in the morning." Well, the look on her face could have broken any one's heart. My husband said, "Oh, please open it tonight, she's so excited." I opened it and, of course, she helped and was so happy for me to have the house she picked out all by herself.




Olivia's choice...Apple Valley School House

I hope you enjoyed my little tour. We have such fun bringing them out year after year. I keep them up on the mantel till the end of January, after all, they're not just for Christmas! Enjoy!

29 comments :

  1. Absolutely beautiful!!!! What a great collection.

    My show n tell is a holiday special. Stop by won't you, if you can find time!

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  2. Your village is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the story.

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  3. Lovely ! I like these little houses I have a few of them too !

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  4. Oh how lovely! I would love someday to start a collection of those... they are always so beautiful and charming.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -nicole

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  5. What a great story. I think it's so sweet that Olivia just wanted to bless her mama with the perfect gift! How precious that she and Phil have a special memory from the experience too!

    Your collection is sweet...we leave our snowmen out through January too!

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  6. Sweet story, Lois! My 10 yo wants to start a village for herself, but I'm having such a hard time picking out her first piece, and am not sure what brand to go with! So pretty!! Thanks for sharing and blessings for a great weekend!
    Becky

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  7. Such a beautiful collection. I've always wanted to start one but haven't gotten around to doing so. That schoolhouse will always be precious to you.

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  8. What a great gift from Olivia!! I have a granddaughter name Olivia .. she is 10 months old...

    I have a Christmas village too, but It has not been set up yet..My husband has not gotten it down from storage..I may have to climb on the ladder and do it myself!!

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  9. I LOVE these little houses - problem would be if I started collecting them I would not have a village but a city, as I would not be able to resist buying more and more!!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog too.

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  10. Absolutely stunning! That's the prettiest village I've seen on here.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Emjoy the Season!
    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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  11. Awesome! my adopted Grandmother has alot of those little houses. They're sort of her hobby.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your village is very nice. I agree, they just aren't for Christmas and I like to keep mine up into January as well.

    Seeing your gorgeous mantle makes me miss having one!

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  13. What an absolute beautiful Villiage collection!!

    Julieann

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  14. What a sweet story about the school house. Your village is beautiful. I think our little village is my favorite Christmas thing. I love it when the little lights are turned on.
    Christmas hugs,
    Charlotte

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  15. I love these little villages and how special to have a house your daughter picked out amongst them!

    Manuela

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  16. How sweet - a village right in your own home, and such a pretty one. Wouldn't it be nice if we could do all our own shopping right in our little villages LOL?

    Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed seeing your collection and hearing the story behind it.

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  17. Those are so pretty! I collect the North Pole and usually leave mine up til the end of January!

    Thanks for the visit.
    Diane

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  18. I love your village! And the sweet story that goes with it--special!
    Linda C

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  19. A neat collection and a really sweet present from your daughter.

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  20. Wow! That is a beautiful Christmas village!

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  21. They are beautiful!

    Alfazema

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  22. Your wee village is beautiful! I'm starting from scratch with my own and hope to have more pieces as time goes on! So glad to have found your blog!

    Ali @ A Cosy Life

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  23. Your village is so pretty! I have dept. 56, too, the Dicken's pieces. Don't you just love them all lit up?!

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  24. What a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings from Portugal

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  25. Those are really nice--my favorite is the bookshop--I love the books outside the store!

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  26. The houses are beautiful! I love that you display them throughout January.

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  27. Hi Lois,

    Lovely villages! And what a nice display.

    Thanks for visiting my show and tell. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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