Our Christmas 2010 Dickens Village

Hi, Everyone!

About once every five years, Linda and I muster the gumption to set up our Dickens Village — a feat that takes dozens of hours by the time we lug over 20 huge boxes of collectibles down from the attic, unpack everything, design the village layout, run the wiring, install the roads, build the elevations, place the buildings, position the people, landscape the terrain and finally, make it snow — oh — and clean up the mess!

It’s over 20 feet long and fills over 60 square feet of  surface with 30 lighted buildings, over 400 trees, 217 villagers, a parade, a holiday bazaar in the botanical garden, a stream, a farm, dozens of birds and animals and a wilderness lodge area.

We absolutely love it when it’s finally set up  — and this year, Linda decided to photograph the village from a villager’s eye level and give you an idea of what it would be like to visit their magical world. Photographing miniatures isn’t easy, but Linda is quite an expert and produced some very nice shots.

I wanted to share the album with all of you — so just click on the photo below to access the gallery — and click on the slideshow button in the lower left corner of the gallery window to view them at full size.

We wanted to dismantle, repack and store it all before we left on the cruise — and that takes almost as much time as setting it up — so it will probably be another 5 years before we do it again.



4 Responses to Our Christmas 2010 Dickens Village

  1. Bob Rosen says:

    Thank you for sharing the fruit of your shared “labours” in work and play.

    “Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”

    “Lead on!” said Scrooge. “Lead on! The night is waning fast, and it is precious time to me, I know. Lead on, Spirit!”
    – A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

  2. Bryan Dilts says:

    That is absolutely amazing! I love it.

  3. karene says:

    Such delightful detail. Unbelievable what the number of hours would take to set it up.

    Thanks for sharing your delight! and now our delight!

  4. Utterly amazing and so charming. Obviously, the unemployment rate in this town is very low. No job for a career coach, I would guess.

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