When my husband and I first got married (22 years ago) we were young and money was tight. Living on love. But that, can only take you so far. Especially at Christmas time. We had little to no decorations at that time. Even for the tree. Our first angel on top of the tree was made of paper and to this day I cannot throw that thing away. Pathetic old thing.
I remember we would go out "window shopping", because that's basically all we could afford to do, and I would see such elaborate winter Christmas villages. Filled with twinkling lights and oh so cute, accessories. I wanted one. So with just a little bit of money in our pockets and a whole lot of creativity, I decided to paint my own village.
At a local craft store, I found unpainted houses on clearance and so, our snow village began. Then every year after that I would continue to buy more and more on clearance. It took a while, but our village began to take shape. There was one problem though…..I had no people to go with it. Zero. Zilch. Nada. It was like the Christmas ghost town I put out every year. Kind of creepy.
Not willing to give up, I shopped garage sales for years and rifled through thousands of Christmas clearance bins. Slowly but surely….the people came to our village. But here's the thing. Not a single one of them are proportionately correct to the houses. Any of the houses. Kind of funny if you really think about it.
My husband calls it the land of giants.
And I wouldn't trade this homemade, out of proportion village for the world.