Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Christmas Houses

I enjoy seeing posts about Christmas decorations, especially the ones with oldies, but goodies in them.  So I thought I would share one of our favorite decorations that we put up each year.  It's these little houses.

There's a little dog up near the church's steeple. 
These houses have been part of my Christmas since I was...oh I would say about 4 or 5.  As children we would set them up, trying to be careful to put the little Christmas lights in the houses without poking them through the paper windows.

As children, my sister and I collected and added little animals to the houses.  I don't remember where they came from, and it is totally silly to have a buffalo and a zebra in the village. However, I remember as a kid thinking it was so much fun to have the animals.  Best of all it still delights my daughter and she sets them out among the houses. (There are also monkeys, a cow, a couple dogs, and even a tailless tiger.  I don't know why it's missing a tail.)

 Each year it's set up differently, in different places. We have such a good time discussing where the hippo should live this year, or the little man with only arm. I love that it brings us together and provides us with joy.

This year we added the Abominable Snowman - yes from the Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer story.  I think he fits right into to this silly village.  (See top picture - right side)

I thought we were the only ones silly enough to add "extra" to our houses, until I went to McDonald's today and saw a Christmas Village display. They had added polar bears!!  

Okay - that bear is a little too big for the houses.  But isn't it cute!  How fun is that?

Merry Christmas!


  1. How sweet, you village is full of good memories. The zebra look right at home amongst the other animals.

  2. I love your little houses! I actually went shopping for some of those today, and cam home with a nice church. Maybe some day I'll have a nice little village like yours, complete with tailless animals.

  3. So sweet! Those paper windows wouldn't last 5 minutes in my house! I think jungle animals should always be part of a Christmas scene!! ;)

  4. Your christmas houses are wonderful!! Many hugs

  5. Those little houses are so cute! haha=I love how the abominable snowman is lurking over the village! :o) What a fun tradition with so much family history.

  6. Your houses look so cute. I think of doing something like that and making a bright cheery decoration maybe one year.

  7. What a fun village yours is. Fun and family memories, what more is needed?

  8. That is totally fun, and I love that the polar bear is out of proportion and I love the Abominable Snowman. The silliness is just plain fun!