The Christmas village was set up; the tree was trimmed; the gifts were delivered and illness struck for Christmas day. My daughter was sick for Christmas (and is still sick) with the flu which meant my son and I celebrated alone. She certainly didn’t want to make the hour drive to my place, and we didn’t want her germs. So the tree will stay up with the gifts under it until she gets better and can come get them. I’ve read and heard that the flu is affecting many people and it’s too bad that it has to ruin a special day, but it seems like that is always what happens.
A week before Christmas, the kids were together and set up our old ceramic village. The kids and I painted these houses, church and toy store many years ago and I hadn’t set them up in years. It was a very inexpensive way to have a scenic village since we bought the houses at the craft store along with the paints and then used our imaginations to make them colorful. One of my favorites is the one at the top with the little old car in the garage.
(Want to paint your own Christmas village? Read my page on how to do that and set up your own unique display.)
It’s always a challenge to get the people and animals to stand in the fluff, but when it’s lit up on a dark evening it does look pretty good. I’ll admit that I didn’t go nuts making it look perfect – because no one will really see it and I plan to take it down this week. When Christmas is over I am anxious to get all the decorations put away because I can reclaim what little space I have in this house.
I hope you had a great Christmas without any illness.