Today 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!