Simple Christmas Villages
I am a big fan of Christmas Villages! I have loved them ever since I was a little girl. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to start my own classic little Christmas Village to be displayed on my mantel at Christmas every year. So far, I have collected five buildings and while I might decide to squeeze one more in there, I am pretty happy with how this is looking.
In the past I have always displayed my village with some unbonded batting underneath to conceal the cords, but I wasn't happy with how I felt like it looked more like clouds than snow, so this year I pulled out some warm and white quilt batting and used it instead and I am much, much happier with how it looks.
I wanted to add some dimension to this little village, so I displayed some of the buildings closer to the back and some closer to the front, but the biggest difference was made by adding some of my kids wooden building blocks under a couple of the buildings. I added two blocks under the church and one under the little Poinsettia Place shop. I added a few little trees that I picked up at Target and some little figurines. In the future I hope to get a few more figurines and trees to really bring this Christmas village to life. For now, I'm loving its simplicity.
Because the best part of having a Christmas village is how pretty they look all lit up at night, I am including this picture, even though my photography skills are pretty much nonexistent when it comes to low light situations.
For ease, I plug all the houses into one power-strip that is concealed beneath the batting and then I only have to flip one switch rather than turning on all the houses separately. It also helps that I had my husband add an outlet right next to the mantel when we were building the house, so I don't have to drag the cord down to a normal outlet.
I will include affiliate links to the buildings that I have and love and that are still available. This type of a Christmas village is a bit of investment, but if you love them like I do, then it is worth it.
I have also been loving the cute little white ceramic houses that are available at Target. If you love a Christmas village like I do, but don't want to invest too much in one, these little houses are perfect and oh so cute! The ones with the metallic looking roofs light up, but the ones with the sparkly white roofs do not. They do have holes in the bottom, but they aren't quite big enough for a tea light, so I am trying to figure out a way to light them up too.
This little village looks pretty all lit up at night, even if two of the houses have dark windows. I have been surprised at how much I love this and how often I walk into the living room at night just to look at it.
I think my simple Christmas villages are my favorite of all my holiday decor.
I purchased all of my classic village buildings from Amazon, and I am including links to the ones that are still available below.